Georgia HERO Operator Seriously Injured After Being Hit by Car
A Georgia Department of Transportation Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) sadly suffered critical injuries recently after being hit by a car on the Downtown Connector, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. At the time of the accident, the HERO was setting flares to block two lanes of traffic following an accident in the northbound lanes. Suddenly, a 2006 Mazda driven by a 25 year old skidded into the HERO and struck another vehicle. Police arrested the driver of the Mazda on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and serious injury by vehicle.
Georgia's Move Over Law
This accident serves as significant reminder to drivers of the importance of observing Georgia's Move Over law. The Move Over law mandates that all drivers move over for emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the highway. The law is intended to keep officers and traffic violators safe from accidents with passing cars.
Georgia passed the Move Over law due to the high number of police, emergency technicians and Department of Transportation workers who have been killed while responding to accidents, conducting traffic stops and working on highway construction projects across the nation. As of now, Georgia is among over 30 states who have passed Move Over laws requiring that cars move over to emergency responders. Those who violate the Move Over laws face fines ranging as high as thousands of dollars in some states. In Georgia, a move over violation will result in a hefty $500 fine for just the first offense.
Failure to observe the Move Over law can lead to more severe consequences than the fine, however. Traffic accidents claim the lives of many police officers and emergency responders each year. Georgia's Move Over law is intended to reduce the number of police officers, firefighters, HERO operators, paramedics, tow truck drivers, highway maintenance workers and the like who are injured or killed while attempting to assist the public each year. Our important emergency responders risk their lives to keep us safe and the roadways clear. As drivers, we owe them an important duty to ensure their safety by moving far away and allowing them to continue the important work they do.
If you are an emergency responder injured due to a passing car, you should have the right to compensation. Contact a licensed personal injury and workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Seeking Justice for the Emergency Responders that Work Hard to Protect Us
It is imperative that all drivers follow Georgia's Move Over law so that our emergency responders stay safe and accidents such as this one are prevented. If you are injured in a car accident, contact the Georgia Car Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, as soon as possible, so that we can examine the facts and circumstances of your case as well as take the necessary steps to protect your rights. Our firm has over 36 years of experience assisting in car accident cases, including emergency responder accidents and we assist injured clients across Georgia and in the Southeast.
The sooner you act, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery for your injuries will be. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as you have a limited time in which to file a personal injury claim following your accident. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.