Car accidents can result in serious injuries. Unfortunately, so can the aftermath.
First responders at the scene of car accidents face the risk of collisions with vehicles. North Carolina’s Move Over law protects motorists and first responders after a car accident.
North Carolina’s Move Over law instructs drivers to slow down and approach with caution when there is an emergency vehicle with flashing lights by the side of the road. The law also requires motorists to move into the adjacent lane if it is safe to do so.
Drivers who violate the law face a $500 mandatory fine plus court costs. Additionally, drivers who cause an accident while violating the Move Over law may face a felony charge if the accident causes a serious injury or death.
Motorists stranded on the side of the road due to a car accident are also at risk of a vehicle colliding with them. There are steps drivers can take to reduce their risk:
North Carolina legislators passed the Move Over law to encourage motorists to drive safely around emergency responders. This law may make the roads safer. However, it is still wise for drivers to take steps to protect themselves after an accident.