Section 32-10-1

Duties of driver involved in motor vehicle accident; removal of vehicle from roadway.

(a) The driver of any motor vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person, or in damage to a motor vehicle or other vehicle which is driven or attended by any person, shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible and shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of Section 32-10-2. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

(b) If the accident does not involve any apparent injury or the death of a person and the driver is not impaired, the driver may immediately move the vehicle from the roadway to the shoulder, emergency lane, median, or other location close to the accident site if the vehicle is drivable and can be safely moved from the roadway and shall forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at or as close to the scene of the accident as safely possible.

(c) Employees of the Alabama Department of Transportation or the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency may move a vehicle, require a vehicle to be moved by the driver or with the assistance of a towing or recovery vehicle, or assist in the moving of a vehicle from a roadway under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation if the vehicle is disabled as a result of an accident, the disabled vehicle creates a traffic hazard or is obstructing traffic. A vehicle involved in an accident with injury to or death of any person may not be moved until directed by a law enforcement officer.

(d) This section does not relieve a driver from complying with any other duties imposed in this chapter.

(e) The Department of Transportation and the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency shall not be liable for damages caused by moving a vehicle pursuant to this section.

(f) Section 36-1-12 shall apply to employees of the Department of Transportation and the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency relating to any claim resulting from the exercise of authority under this section.

(g) The director shall revoke the driver's license of a person convicted under this section.

(Acts 1943, No. 558, p. 548, §2; Act 2017-376, §1.)