A Fort Myers car accident attorney at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. wants to remind all drivers to comply with Florida’s Move Over Law. There were approximately 182 crashes and over 20,000 citations issued to non-complying drivers in 2019. Since 2015, Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties combined experienced 953 Move Over crashes, 2 fatalities, and 30 victims with serious injuries, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
"When a crash occurs, law enforcement and first responders are there. When a disabled vehicle needs assistance, Road Rangers or tow truck drivers are there. When power lines need repairs, utility and service workers are there,” said FLHSMV Executive Director, Terry L. Rhodes. “The Move Over Law is in place to protect those who serve all of us on the roadways, giving them a safe space to do their jobs. Move Over, Florida, and help ensure that these public servants come home safely each day.”
To comply with the Move Over Law, drivers must do the following:
On Multi-Lane Roadways:
- Vacate the lane closest to the stationary emergency vehicle, sanitation vehicle, utility service vehicle, Road Ranger or wrecker and always signal the intention to change lanes.
- Slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit if a driver cannot move over safely.
- Be prepared to allow those who are attempting to move over into the next lane.
On Two-Lane Roadways:
- Slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
- Travel at 5 mph if the speed limit is 20 mph or less.
The public is encouraged to report aggressive drivers by dialing *FHP (*347). For more information on the Move Over Law, visit: https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/move-over/.
“The roadside is one of the most dangerous places on Earth to work,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Please protect those that protect us, by giving them more room or slowing down when that’s not possible.”
Drivers who violate the Move Over Law can incur fines, fees, and points on their driving records. For more information, see section 316.126, Florida Statutes.
“If you or a loved one is injured in a vehicle accident, please contact the Fort Myers car accident attorneys at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. after seeking medical attention. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. We are available to assist you 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you,” said Attorney Spivey, Fort Myers car accident attorney.
Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.