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Drivers flout Move Over Law, sparking many auto accidents

Auto accidents can happen in Ohio for a litany of reasons including operating a vehicle impaired, distracted driving, speeding, drowsy driving and more. Some happen when drivers simply ignore basic laws for safety. That goes beyond running a red light or failure to yield. The Ohio Move Over Law is in place to ensure vehicles with flashing lights can safely pass. That includes police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and tow trucks. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore the Move Over Law and it can place people in danger of injuries and death in a collision.

National campaign designed to bring attention to Move Over Law

A day was dedicated to emphasizing the importance of the Move Over Law. Ohio drivers were reminded how critical it is to let emergency vehicles pass and to keep a close eye on flashing lights on the road ahead. Statistically, failure to move to the side is a major cause of accidents that injure drivers, passengers, emergency workers and road crews. Tow truck drivers are at risk of injuries and death when they are doing their jobs. Nationally, one tow truck operator loses his or her life every six days. Highway workers and law enforcement officers are also in jeopardy with an average of 23 dying every month as they work on roadsides.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) says that in 2019, there were more than 200 accidents in which vehicle crashed into snowplows because of a failure to move over. There were more than 600 accidents with construction equipment and 341 accidents with tow trucks. More than 1,000 law enforcement vehicles were involved in accidents due to this issue. Despite rampant enforcement, the trend of drivers ignoring the law continues as shown by more than 3,500 work zone accidents in 2020. There were 951 injuries and 17 deaths in these accidents. Also, 500 accidents with workers, tow truck drivers and law enforcement officers have occurred this year.

Accidents because of Move Over Law violations may warrant a legal filing

Auto accidents can cause endless challenges in a person’s life. They might face exorbitant medical expenses, problems getting back to work and the need for long-term care. If there is a fatality, the family left behind will be confronted with the personal, financial and emotional impact of that loss. If the accident came about because of a failure to follow the Move Over Law, it can be fundamental factor in a claim for compensation. A firm with experience in personal injury claims can provide advice and representation in pursuing compensation.