75 Pa.C.S. § 3745.1 - Accident scene clearance

Cite as:75 Pa.C.S. § 3745.1
Currency:Current through P.A. Acts 2018-164

(a) General rule.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the driver of any vehicle in an accident that does not result in apparent serious bodily injury or death shall immediately remove the vehicle from the roadway to a safe refuge on the shoulder, emergency lane or median or to a place otherwise removed from the roadway whenever, in the judgment of the driver:

(1) The motor vehicle does not require towing and can be normally and safely driven under its own power in its customary manner without further damage or hazard to the motor vehicle, traffic elements or the roadway.

(2) The motor vehicle can be moved safely.

(b) Driver request.--The driver of a motor vehicle involved in a traffic accident may request any individual who possesses a valid driver's license to remove the vehicle from the roadway in order to comply with this section. Such individual is not required to comply with the request and shall not be subject to any liability, either civil or criminal, for refusing the request.

(c) Police officers.--A police officer may immediately remove or direct removal of a wrecked vehicle if the owner or operator cannot remove the wrecked vehicle or refuses or fails to have the vehicle removed as required under this section. In carrying out the provisions of this subsection, no liability shall attach to the police officer or, absent a showing of gross negligence, to any person acting under the direction of the police officer for damage to any vehicle or damage to or loss of any portion of the contents of the vehicle.

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