Today, during my commute home, I saw a common sight causing a common annoyance: A car had rear-ended another and the drivers were in their vehicles apparently waiting for the police to arrive. Problem is, they were in the only available turn lane and causing a half mile of delay in all lanes during rush hour.
In this case, should one remain in the roadway for the police to arrive? Or should the drivers move to a nearby parking lot out of traffic? Assume no injuries, cars drivable, minor damage, cooperative parties, etc. I suppose the reasoning to stay is that police may be better able to reconstruct the accident scene but I’m not sure if this even happens. Does the nature of the collision matter? (such as rear-end vs bumper>fender) How about if its on an interstate? Certainly, this stuff causes hours of delay for uninvolved parties.