Tragic Car Accident Underscores Importance of Tennessee’s “Move Over” Law

by Staff Blogger | November 13th, 2015

A tragic accident in Williamson County earlier this week claimed the life of one motorist and left a worker for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) seriously injured. The incident also highlights the importance of our state’s “Move Over” law.

Reports indicate the crash happened at around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, along State Route 840. The 62-year-old driver of a 2008 Saturn Aura was eastbound along the highway when it plowed into the rear of a TDOT truck. The impact of the collision caused the truck to lurch forward and push the TDOT worker—who was picking up trash outside of the vehicle at the time of the crash—over a guardrail.

The driver died as a result of the collision, and the TDOT worker sustained serious injuries that were treated at a local hospital after the auto accident.

The incident highlights the importance of our state’s “Move Over” law in preventing these types of accidents. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security outlines the details of the regulation on their website. Drivers are required to move over a lane when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights activated.

The legal staff at Ponce Law would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family of the motorist and wish the injured worker a speedy and full recovery. Our Goodlettsville car accident attorneys would also like to remind motorists to always move over every time they encounter a stopped emergency response vehicle.