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Maryland governor urges caution around traffic accidents

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It is an obvious recommendation for people to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. This helps to avoid accidents. Even with everyone maintaining that focus, accidents still happen.

One unfortunate result of these accidents is the chance of further accidents around them. As CBS Baltimore reports, this may happen due to driving around hazard lights from law enforcement, tow trucks or transportation vehicles without taking precautions.

Move over law in Maryland

A law in Maryland known as the Move Over Law requires motorists to take these precautions. Tactics like moving over or, if it is not safe to do so, slowing to a reasonable speed to remain safe. The governor recently declared the second week in November as Crash Responder Safety Week in Maryland in order to raise awareness about the loss of life around these accidents.

First responders and highway workers experience many injury incidents each year when tending to crash scenes. Reports estimate that around 23 highway workers lose their lives around the nation from incidents that happen at a crash scene.

Move over misdemeanors

While this initiative aims to raise awareness in drivers before anything unfortunate happens, current violations of the Move Over Law include fines between $110 and $750 as well as one to three points off a violating motorist’s driver’s license.

Sometimes paying attention is not enough. Outside factors like weather and other drivers may raise the risk of an accident. Anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident has a complex process to navigate in order to recover compensation and damages. People involved in an accident at another crash scene may have more complexity ahead of them.