Laws are in place to protect various groups of people. And while most of these laws are purely focused on protecting the public, some are necessary for protecting specific workers. The Move Over law is one such law.
The Move Over law works as follows: When a motorist approaches a stationary emergency vehicle, public utility vehicle, or tow truck with its lights flashing that is traveling on the same side of the highway, and is in the lane or shoulder immediately adjacent to them, they must move over a lane and reduce their speed.
All fifty states have their own Move Over law, though studies show that only 29 percent of Americans are actually familiar with them.
Delaware Move Over Law
In Delaware, when one of these emergency vehicles is using audible and visual signals, or a police vehicle using its audible signal approaches your vehicle, you must yield to it, driving as close as possible to the edge or curb of the road on the right-hand side until it has passed.
For those vehicles that are stationary, Delaware’s law requires that you proceed with caution and give that vehicle the right of way by changing lanes, when possible, into a non-adjacent lane – if the roadway has more than two lanes.
If a lane change is not possible, the driver must reduce their speed to one that is safe while passing. Delaware finds that anyone who violates these laws and hits, strikes, or in any way makes contact with one of the aforementioned vehicles is potentially guilty of a class F felony.
The Law is Imperative for the Protection of Police & Emergency Responders
The reason for Move Over laws is simple: it protects workers such as law enforcement officers, emergency responders, two-truck drivers and the like in the line of duty. Making a traffic or emergency stop on the side of the highway is one of the most dangerous things that these individuals do.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013 alone, 46 law enforcement officers were killed after being struck while tending to traffic or emergency stops on the side of the highway.
From 2003 to 2013, that number totaled 138 law enforcement officers. Those who are struck and injured by vehicles while in the line of duty can likely be seriously injured, having a big impact on their lives and livelihoods.
These individuals who are injured as a result of such an accident are entitled to file for Workers’ Compensation.
Wilmington Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Workers Injured Doing Their Jobs
If you or a loved one has been injured while on the job because someone did not move over, or you were otherwise hurt in a workplace injury, you deserve to be justly compensated. The Wilmington workplace injury lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC understand the devastating effects that workplace injuries can have, and we want to help. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 302-888-1221 today. We serve clients in Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Middletown, and throughout Delaware, as well as Pennsylvania and New Jersey.