LUFKIN – Did you know that a crash with minor vehicle damage and where no one is injured
can be moved off the main traveled portion of the roadway?
Texas law states, “If an accident occurs on a main lane, ramp, shoulder, median or adjacent area
of a freeway in a metropolitan area and each vehicle involved can be normally and safely driven,
each operator shall move the operator’s vehicle as soon as possible to a designated accident
investigation site, if available, a location on the frontage road, the nearest suitable cross street or
other suitable location.” (Texas Transportation Code, Section 550.022)
Moving a fender bender crash where there are no injuries helps keep you safe, reduces crashrelated traffic congestion and improves safety conditions for yourself and first responders.
“In light of the numerous vehicle crashes that occur in Texas and across the nation on a daily
basis, we encourage motorists to move minor crashes where there are no injuries to a safe
location” said Highway Patrol Captain Michelle McDaniel. “In addition to complying with the
law, moving fender bender crashes from the regular traffic flow reduces the number of secondary
For every minute a lane is closed or blocked, the risk of a secondary crash increases
significantly. Moving minor crashes where no one is injured improves the safety of everyone.