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Tennessee police seek to raise awareness of "move over" law

Most, if not all, of Tennessee's motorists have seen vehicles on the side of the road. In many instances, the stranded vehicle's driver and passengers are outside of the vehicle, trying to figure out what is wrong. In other cases, emergency personnel are on the side of the road, helping with accidents and immobilized vehicles and directing traffic. It is important for Tennessee's drivers to know that there is a "move over" law, requiring drivers to move to a far lane or at least significantly slow down if emergency personnel are on the side of the road.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is trying to raise awareness of the law, which has been in effect since 2006, by taking to social media. On Twitter, #MoveOver has been used to educate the public of the ramifications of failing to move over or slow down and the potential penalties associated with such a violation. Since 2000, three Tennessee troopers have been killed when struck by a vehicle that failed to move over, and several more have been injured.

Though raising awareness is an important step in eliminating these preventable accidents, the sad fact remains that people will continue to be injured by these kinds of car wrecks for the foreseeable future. Whether one is on the job or merely changing a flat tire when he or she is hit, a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the crash might help bring some relief.

A lawsuit against a negligent or distracted driver succeeds when negligence is found to have caused the victim's injuries. Negligence may be established by showing the defendant broke the law, by failing to move over when necessary, for example. If this can be done, then compensation may be awarded for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. Such a lawsuit may raise awareness further while at the same time allowing a victim to reach as full and robust a recovery as possible.

Source: WATE 6 News, "Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers urging drivers to obey move over law," Stephanie Beecken, May 13, 2014

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