Central Florida Car Accident Attorneys Martinez Manglardi PA are reminding drivers to slow down for emergency vehicles. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, so far this year, 14 State Troopers have been hit by cars and killed nationwide. In all of 2017, nine Troopers died that way across the country.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) says “Florida law requires you to Move Over a lane when you can safely do so. This applies to stopped law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility service vehicles and tow trucks or wreckers.” In 2018, there were 231 Florida car accidents involving vehicles stopped by the side of the road. These accidents seriously injured six people. Twenty-nine 29 of these car accidents were in Orange County.
Thanks to dashboard and body cameras, we can get a look at the risks that law enforcement officers are taking every day— not from criminals, but from everyday drivers. As you can see in this Tweet from an Orlando car accident that seriously injured a Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant, it’s dangerous out there. The officer was trying to protect roadside workers.
The Florida Highway Patrol recently released dramatic crash video. An accident seriously injured FHP Lt. Lenita King when a motorist didn’t move over while she was protecting a work zone on FL-528 in Orlando. #MoveOver #ItsTheLaw pic.twitter.com/qZbw6XP0wW
— Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (@MNSheriffs) January 18, 2019
Tragically, accidents killed two Illinois State Troopers in separate incidents within days of each other.
A look at the procession for 36-year-old Illinois state trooper killed in I-94 crash near Libertyville early this morning. A press conference set to take place soon https://t.co/STp0hfCiu8 pic.twitter.com/RtPEFVFMhb
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) March 30, 2019
Central Florida Car Accident Attorneys: #MoveOver
Authorities are working hard to let people know how dangerous it is when drivers don’t #MoveOver when necessary. Aside from being reckless, failing to make way for police and other roadside workers can cost you. The ticket can cost up to $161 and add three points to your driving record. In fact, police have issued 600 tickets to Orange County drivers alone. Consequently, insurance rates go up and driving becomes very expensive.
Accidents and injuries due to negligence or carelessness can do a lot of damage. And afterward, trying to get responsible parties to pay for the damages can be difficult. For help with compensation, contact the Orlando car accident attorneys at Martinez Manglardi PA. Talk to one of our Orlando car accident lawyers about your case—for free—at one of our convenient Central Florida locations, call 407-846-2240.