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by Staff Blogger | June 30, 2021

Like all 49 other states, Tennessee has a “move over” law that requires drivers to change lanes or slow down (if changing lanes is impossible or dangerous) when approaching stopped vehicles with their emergency lights flashing.

Initially, this only included emergency vehicles, such as police cruisers, ambulances, and firetrucks. Later, it was expanded to include utility vehicles before being broadened a third time to include ALL vehicles with their flashers on.

Knowledge and observance of this law wasn’t immediate, and some drivers still don’t move over when they’re supposed to. However, enforcement and citations are increasing, which means police officers and state troopers are on the lookout for drivers who don’t change lanes or slow down. That’s good news if you ever need to pull over for any reason.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind in this potentially dangerous scenario:

When drivers fail to move over and hit stranded or stopped motorists, they can and should be held liable for any damages and injuries. If that ever happens to you, know that Ponce Law’s Nashville auto accident lawyers are here to help. Contact us anytime for a free consultation.

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