Earlier this week, we posted an article about 36-year-old Angel Soto, the man who lost his leg after saving the life of a car accident victim. Mr. Soto had dragged an injured man to safety and was checking for additional victims when he was hit by a car passing the Boynton Beach car accident.
Emergency workers are put at similar risk every day. In the five years from 1996 to 2000, there were 1,793 car crashes into law enforcement vehicles that were either stopped or parked near a Florida accident scene. These crashes resulted in five deaths and more than 400 injuries.
In 2002, the Move Over Law was passed. This law requires drivers to change lanes and move at least one lane away when approaching an emergency vehicle with lights flashing. This allows officers and emergency personnel to safely work at an accident scene. If the driver is unable to safely move over or is driving on a single lane road, he must slow down to a speed that is at least 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, the driver must slow down to five miles per hour. The driver should not stop nor block the flow of traffic.
Anyone violating the Move Over Law may be issued a ticket. The ticket will result in a fine and points on the driver's license.
The law protects emergency workers, but it doesn't help good Samaritans like Mr. Soto. Drivers should expect the unexpected and stay alert for car accidents and other road conditions that require a quick response.
Good Samaritans and others who are injured by reckless drivers have the right to seek compensation through a Florida accident injury lawsuit. To learn more, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, or contact Boca Raton accident attorney David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.