Man shows dangers of not following Move Over Law

When an officer or local sheriff spots some suspicious activity, they will pull over the suspect to the side of the road to discuss the matter. It could be a serious offense like driving while intoxicated or just to simply remind them to turn on their headlights. Regardless of the circumstances, the other drivers should give the two the space necessary to discuss the issue peacefully.

To ensure this, Wisconsin enforces the “Move Over Law.” Like other states, drivers must switch to a further lane if a police or emergency vehicle is on the side with another driver or slow down to avoid any accidents. Drivers who fail to do this can risk causing critical injuries to themselves, the driver on the side and any of the emergency vehicle operator. They also can face serious charges for their negligence, as can be seen with a recent driver in Outagamie County.

Frightening footage

On the night of Tuesday, September 4, a Wisconsin State Trooper pulled over a driver on I-41 to warn the motorist of a defective headlight. Seconds after the trooper returns to his squad car, another vehicle arrives and crashes into the parked motorist, sending the driver into a ditch. The parked driver suffers non-life-threatening injuries while the other one is facing several charges.

The State Patrol also released Dash camera footage of the accident to the public. Had the trooper not moved seconds earlier, he could have suffered serious injuries from the crash. The footage also demonstrates that the careless motorist had room to drive in the other lane and struck the parker driver at high speeds.

Paying the price

Though the officials have not determined if it was an impaired or distracted driving accident, the negligent driver will still have multiple charges to face regardless. Drivers who violate the Move Over Law will have their license suspended with a length dependent on the severity of the accident. As the driver caused bodily harm but no death, it is likely he will have a license suspension between 180 days to 2 years.

Drivers and emergency vehicles are vulnerable when they are parked on the side of the road, so all motorists need to respect their space and avoid getting close or going too fast. Victims of this negligent driving behavior should contact a personal injury attorney to help them recover from an accident that should have been easily avoidable.

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