Safety on the roadways is of the utmost importance to the state of Texas. Various laws are in place to protect employees as well as motorists on the streets and highways. One of the dangers for police, fire, paramedic, and road workers is the potential of being hit by a car or a semi-truck. Many members of law enforcement and others have been seriously injured or killed when a motorist hit them while they were working on the side of the road.
Whether helping a disabled motorist, stopping a car for a violation, or assisting with an accident, emergency personnel must work close to lanes of traffic which are sometimes traveling at high rates of speed. A law is in place to ensure the safety of workers on the side of the road.
The Texas Move Over/Slow Down law requires drivers to yield to emergency vehicles on the roads. The law specifically requires drivers to move out of the lane that is closest to the emergency or TxDOT vehicle when possible. If drivers cannot move over, they must reduce their speed to 20 MPH below the posted speed limit. Drivers must be aware of emergency vehicles on the road and take precautions to prevent accidents.
Motorists are required to move over and slow down when they approach police, fire, emergency, or TxDOT vehicles with flashing lights. A motorist who fails to obey the law will face penalties that include fines of up to $2,000. Texas has a point system in place for driver’s licenses. In addition to a fine, you will also be assessed points against your driver’s license in accordance with the Texas Administrative Code. When you accumulate too many points in one period, you can be subject to suspension of your driving privileges.
When a vehicle is stopped on the side of the road due to an emergency or a breakdown, other drivers must avoid causing another accident. Unfortunately, in some cases, another vehicle strikes a disabled car and causes serious injuries and damages. If you have a vehicle problem, pull over to the side of the road as far into the shoulder as possible. Do not exit your vehicle unless it is safe to do so. Put your hazard flashers on and call for assistance. Keep your seatbelt on when you are inside the car. Many accidents happen at night or during inclement weather. Always keep your cell phone with you and charged up so you can call the police. When the police have pulled you over, follow the instructions they provide. If you were involved in an accident and your vehicle is drivable, make sure you pull off the roadway and out of harm’s way.
If you were seriously hurt in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
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