Move Over for Safety. Every Worker, Every Time.
When to Move Over
Cautiously move over one lane when passing any vehicle with flashing emergency or warning lights. In addition to police and emergency responders, this can include ODOT vehicles with amber lights, emergency vehicles, and even tow trucks with flashing lights. Always observe all traffic and roadway conditions, so that you can move over in a safe fashion. If you are unable to move over a lane, you must slow down and proceed with caution. Watch for people or objects that could enter your travel lane and be prepared to stop.
A Serious Problem
Across the nation, hundreds of people are killed or injured every year when they’re struck by a vehicle after pulling over to the side of the road or highway. With distracted driving at an all-time high, the problem is amplified. According to ODOT statistics, these “struck-by” crashes kill one tow-truck driver every six days; 23 highway workers and one law-enforcement officer every month; and five firefighters every year. One of the most dangerous places for emergency service providers and first responders to be is beside the roadway. Tragically, stranded motorists are also struck and killed.
Turn Off the Cell Phone
The most important thing any driver can do to improve the safety of roadside workers is to stay alert behind the wheel. This means making a commitment to distraction-free driving. Turn off or silence your phone to avoid temptation. Wait until you get to your destination to make calls and to read or respond to text messages. It could save the life of a first responder, emergency service provider or road construction worker.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Ohio, contact the experienced team at Rinehardt Law Firm. Call 419-LAW-2020 for a free case consultation.