What happens when you don’t obey the Move Over law

It was a case that made the news. When Henrico County police officer Mark Lantz pulled onto the shoulder of I-64 to help with a vehicle collision, he was struck himself.  “I was heading home from court the day after Christmas when I saw two disabled vehicles in the left lane of 64. I stopped behind the vehicles and activated my lights and sirens to protect the individuals,” said Lantz. Shortly after, he was rear-ended by a van.

In addition to sustaining injuries, his car was crushed. It was partially parked on the shoulder, and partially in the third travel lane. In these circumstances, passing drivers must always follow the Move Over laws. The laws mandate that if you see red, blue or amber lights flashing, or see any emergency vehicles pulled off to the shoulder, you must move to a further lane. If that is impossible, drivers must slow down and proceed with more caution.

It’s a growing public safety issue, with motorists crashing into state trooper vehicles and fire trucks. In October, a fatality occurred when a tractor-trailer collided with a fire truck in Hanover County. Lieutenant Brad Clark lost his life, and multiple firefighters were injured while tending to a crash on I-295.

A fellow officer recommended Ryan Wind at the Allen Law Firm, and Lantz reached out him. “Officer Lantz went above the call of duty when he saw others in danger. His actions shielded others and put himself in danger. Our firm was proud to assist him in his injury claim,” said Wind.

Ryan Wind and Officer Mark Lantz

Allen & Allen attorney Ryan E. Wind (pictured left) and Officer Mark Lantz

Lantz has since recovered from his injuries. “Ryan and his team have been exceptional from the beginning to the end. They were always there whenever I needed anything. I would highly recommend them,” said Lantz.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of another, call Allen & Allen today to schedule a free consultation, at 866-388-1307.