Tennessee’s Move Over Law has been expanded several times since it was first enacted around 15 years ago. Initially, it only applied to emergency vehicles such as police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks. Later, it was revised to include utility vehicles. And most recently, it expanded in scope once again to include ALL stopped vehicles with their flashers on, including passenger vehicles.
If you end up stopped on the side of the road, it’s important to understand the risks you face. Many construction workers and emergency responders are killed every year nationwide when they are hit by vehicles, and the same risk applies to ordinary people who end up on roadsides. To reduce your risks, take these steps:
Turn on your flashers—Whether it’s a bright sunny afternoon or the middle of the night, turning on your flashers makes you much more visible to approaching drivers, and that alone can reduce your risks.
Stay in your vehicle—The safest place to be if you have to pull over is inside your vehicle, especially if the shoulder is narrow. Call 911, a tow truck, or highway assistance from your vehicle if needed.
Never change a flat tire—If you had to pull over due to a flat tire, resist the temptation to change it yourself. Changing a flat tire on the side of the road is extremely dangerous. Instead, call highway assistance or a tow truck.
The Move Over law is supposed to make these tips less needed, but unfortunately, few drivers obey it. However, if they fail to move over and cause a crash, they can be held liable for any damages. Contact the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law today if you or someone you love was hurt by a negligent driver on a Tennessee roadway.
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