When you see flashing lights on the highway, it is often because there was an accident or breakdown on the side of the road. Law enforcement officers, emergency workers, and tow truck drivers come to help those in need. Unfortunately, they also put their lives on the line to do it.
To protect those law enforcement officers, emergency workers, and other highway personnel from injury, Indiana enacted the Move Over Law. Under the law, when an emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of a two-lane or four-lane road with its lights flashing, the driver must change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if it can be done safely. If the driver cannot change lanes safely, then the driver should reduce the speed to 10 mph below the posted speed limit. However, the driver should not stop in the road, which could cause yet another car accident.
The Indiana State Police recommend that drivers be on the lookout for the following vehicles when driving, and to move over or slow down for them:
- Police vehicles
- Fire trucks and other rescue vehicles
- Highway maintenance vehicles
- Highway incident-response vehicles
- Tow trucks
- Utility service vehicles
Indiana roads and highways can be dangerous, even if you are stopped on the side on the road. If you were injured in a car accident on an Indiana road, speak to an Indiana personal injury law firm about a potential lawsuit.