Did you know that New Jersey has a law requiring motorists to move over if they are approaching an “authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle” on the side of the road?
The “Move Over Law” was enacted in 2009 as a way to protect police officers, firefighters, paramedics and EMS workers. The law requires that drivers reduce their speed and/or pull over to another lane, if there is a stationary emergency vehicle on the side of the roadway. In addition to emergency personnel, the law also pertains to “highway maintenance, tow trucks and official motorist aid vehicles displaying amber emergency lights.”
Motorists who violate the law face fines of $100 to $500, which are determined by local municipal courts. To learn more about the move over law, you can visit the Division of Highway Traffic Safety’s website, by clicking here.
Sadly, according to the FBI, law enforcement officers being struck and killed by motorists is a major cause of occupational deaths. When the law was enacted in 2009, over the course of the previous 10 years, more than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers were killed in roadside collisions.
DOT Worker Almost Killed in Roadside Collision
We bring up this subject because recently a DOT worker, who was cleaning up debris from a different accident scene, was almost killed in a roadside collision on Route 80 in Saddle Brook.
According to the Morristown Daily Record, a quick thinking tow driver assisted the DOT worker after he was run over by a car. The tow truck driver saw the man pinned underneath the car and attempted to lift the vehicle off him, with the help of some other good Samaritans.
“It was a mess, the guy was under the car bleeding head to toe,” the tow driver said, according to the Daily Record. “All broken legs, broken bones. I said ‘Hold on, let me use my truck.’” The tow truck driver then got a “stinger” bar from his truck and was able to lift the vehicle off the man.
The DOT worker suffered life-threatening injuries, but officials said that the quick thinking by the tow truck driver might have saved his life.
The driver of the vehicle who struck the DOT worker was charged with reckless driving, improper passing, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to make repairs. The accident remains under investigation.
Having a Roadside Accident Investigated by Our Atlantic City Injury Attorneys
This roadside accident displays the importance of move over laws. If you cause a roadside accident that leads to injuries or death, not only can you face charges, you can be held civilly liable.
If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed in a roadside accident, have it investigated by our Atlantic City injury lawyers. Keep following our blog or visit us on Facebook for further New Jersey car accident news.
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