There are far too many drivers who aren't aware of Washington's Move Over law. Motorists stranded on the side of the road, law enforcement officers making traffic stops, and roadside workers risk their lives each day on Washington highways. Many freeways in Washington have posted speed limits as high as 70 mph (some drivers exceed the posted speed limits). When roadside crashes occur, they tend to be severe.
Federal lawmakers have recently requested a review on the effectiveness of state Move Over laws from the Government Accountability Office. According to AAA, there is very little data regarding Move Over law violations. Moreover, Move Over laws aren't widely known among drivers, and states don't often have the resources to educate the public.
What does Washington's Move Over law require?
Washington's Move Over law requires that drivers switch to the left lane (on multi-lane highways) or reduce their speed when passing emergency or assistance vehicles. State lawmakers passed the law in 2007 to protect roadside emergency workers. But since then, crashes involving roadside emergency vehicles have increased. Police officers, emergency technicians, tow operators, construction workers, and DOT workers died or sustained severe injuries as a result.
In 2010, state lawmakers passed the Emergency Zone Law, which requires drivers to switch lanes or slow down within 200 feet before and after passing a roadside emergency. Violators face double fines for speeding in Emergency Zones.
Why is it important that drivers comply with the Move Over law?
Roadside workers and stranded motorists often don't have any choice but to situate themselves on the side of a high-speed roadway. It's important that drivers not only become aware of the Move Over law but also comply with the law. Distracted driving, impaired driving, and speeding are often the leading causes of roadside crashes. Since these crashes often happen at a high speed, they tend to result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
Crash victims who survive roadside collisions often sustain:
- Severe traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Crushed limbs and amputations
- Damage to internal organs
- Severe spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, and paralysis
- Severe burns
Contact an experienced Kent attorney after a roadside crash
Did you sustain injuries in a roadside crash? If so, you're likely faced with mounting medical expenses. You may need an operation, as well as months of physical therapy and pain management until you recover. Meanwhile, you're unable to work and earn a living. You're also unable to engage in activities you enjoyed before your crash. Don't let the at-fault driver's insurance company take advantage of you. Never give them a recorded statement or accept a quick settlement without first consulting with an experienced Kent car accident attorney.
You deserve to be compensated for your financial losses and the pain and suffering you endured due to someone else's negligence. Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC will fight to recover it all. If you're a worker who was injured on the side of the road, you can recover damages through a third-party workplace injury claim. That's as long as the at-fault party isn't your employer or a fellow employee (this is covered by workers' compensation). To get started on your claim, contact our Kent law office and set up your free consultation. We have fought to help our clients recover millions of dollars in damages.