How Georgia's Move-Over Law Prevents Many Serious Car Accidents


October 03, 2016

Georgia Car Accident Lawyers Explain How Georgia's Move-Over Law Prevents Many Serious Car Accidents

If you travel the streets of Atlanta or Georgia freeways, you have almost certainly experienced the sudden traffic slowdowns that occur when there are emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the side of the roadway. These interruptions in the flow of traffic often result from traffic accidents, vehicles pulled over for traffic violations, vehicle breakdowns, or roadwork. When emergency responders, law enforcement officers, and construction workers exit their vehicles on the side of the roadway, they are extremely vulnerable to negligent drivers. Our car accident lawyers explain the importance of obeying Georgia's move-over law to prevent deadly collisions, involving officers, tow truck drivers, and others performing job-related functions by the side of the road.

Rubbernecking Lookyloos Pose a Serious Traffic Safety Risk

Driver distraction is one of the leading causes of serious auto accidents. Gawking at the scene of accidents or other incidents on the side of the road cause the inattention of many motorists. When emergency vehicles with flashing lights are pulled over on the side of the road, accidents frequently occur because people are curious about the commotion. Georgia's move-over law was designed to protect emergency responders and other people performing official functions on the side of the road from being hit while out of their vehicles. The law protects those dealing with drivers stranded or stopped because of car trouble, a collision, or a traffic stop. The law also helps reduce the risk of injury to stranded or stopped motorists.

What Does Georgia's Move-Over Law Require

The Georgia move-over law requires that motorists slow down when passing emergency vehicles and first-responder vehicles like police cars, fire engines, ambulances, and certain other vehicles with flashing blue, red, amber, white, or yellow lights stopped on the side of the road. Absent contrary instructions from a law enforcement officer, drivers are supposed to move out of the lane that is immediately adjacent to the emergency response vehicle if it is safe to do so. If a lane change would be unsafe, not feasible, or prohibited by law, drivers must decrease their speed to a rate that is "reasonable and proper" for existing traffic and road conditions. The driver also must prepare to stop if it is not safe to move to the adjacent lane. The law was recently amended to include utility lineman within the class of protected workers performing roadside tasks with their lights activated.

Unfortunately, many law enforcement officers, DOT workers, and stranded motorists are injured and killed each year because drivers fail to exercise reasonable care when coming upon a vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights. This lack of attention is often compounded by ignorance of Georgia's move-over law. A survey sponsored by Move Over, America found that 71 percent of those who responded to a national survey had never heard of a move-over law.

If a motorist hits a pedestrian, such as a police officer during a traffic stop, the consequences can be devastating. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, truck or SUV, the result is usually severe, life-altering injuries. Motorists who observe an emergency vehicle or patrol car with flashing lights on the side of the road can be ticketed and face a fine of up to $500 if they fail to comply with the move-over law. Contact Montlick & Associates for a free consultation regarding your rights and options.  

Put Our Law Firm's Over 32 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Accident Case!

If you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle collision, our experienced car accident lawyers fight hard for our auto accident clients to maximize the value of their cases under the law. Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-two years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 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.

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