Why are roadway construction workers and law enforcement personnel killed while on the side of the road?
Law enforcement personnel, first responders, and roadway workers often work around fast-paced cars and trucks as part of their job duties. While they stay safe the majority of the time, from time to time drivers of cars and trucks veer onto the shoulder of the road. As a result, innocent men and women are killed in tragic traffic collisions.
For this reason, all 50 states have some type of “Move Over” law to protect personnel on our nation’s highways. But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many people aren’t aware of the law. In fact, only 71 percent of the public is aware of the “Move Over” law, according to NHTSA.
Sadly, many people have been killed because motorists fail to slow down and change lanes when they see workers or police officers on the side of the road. In addition, truckers who drive long hours have been found guilty of driving too many hours, which has led to drowsy driving and veering off the side of the road. Additionally, people who have gotten behind the wheel drunk or drugged have also been guilty of crossing over the fog line and plowing into highway workers.
If your loved one was killed on the side of the road in a South Florida crash, you need to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney in Fort Lauderdale. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free consultation at 866-9-HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 today.