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Move Over Law Seeks to Eliminate Fatal Work Injuries for Road Crews

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation accidents accounted for two out of every five fatal work injuries in 2010. The victims of these accidents, including a 23-year-old Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, tow truck driver who was killed in January, were remembered at a ceremony last week. WHTM 27 News reports that the ceremony was part of “National Move Over Law Awareness Week.”

It was January 4 on Route 581 when the young man was killed. He was loading a stranded vehicle onto his truck when he was hit and killed by another passing motorist. He was the second truck driver who was fatally struck by a vehicle in an accident this year. Since then, seven more have perished nationwide.

His mother has since worked to spread the message about a little known law that requires motorists to move at least one lane over from a stopped emergency vehicle.

Officer Tricia Moench, a spokeswoman for the Penn Township Police Department, stated that the law not only applies to emergency vehicles, but also to tow trucks and other stranded motorists. “It’s dangerous for all of us,” she added.

The Pennsylvania Car Accident Attorneys with Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers would like to applaud the mother of the victim for her actions to educate others and ask that Pennsylvania drivers do their part to keep rescue crews safe by moving over a lane and giving them extra space.