What to Do if a Vehicle is Pulled Over for Emergency Stop
What to Do if a Vehicle is Pulled Over for Emergency Stop

Last month, a tow truck driver was struck and killed along I-10 near Cabazon. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the tow truck was pulled over and the emergency lights were on. Despite taking these precautions, the tow truck driver was fatally struck by a big rig that drifted onto the shoulder. The devastating crash is an important reminder for drivers to respond appropriately when a vehicle is pulled over for an emergency stop.

“Move Over or Slow Down”

California has a law in place known as the “Move Over or Slow Down” law. This law requires that motorists change lanes—or, if that is not possible, to slow down to a safe speed—if an emergency vehicle or tow truck is pulled over with the lights flashing. It was specifically created to protect first responders and other workers who have pulled over and may be outside their vehicles. Drivers can be fined for failing to take appropriate precautions in these instances.

The law applies for emergency vehicles, tow trucks and Caltrans vehicles, but it is important practice any time you are driving and see a vehicle pulled over. There is always the possibility that someone is outside of their vehicle, so safely changing lanes and/or slowing down is your best bet for avoiding an accident.

“It’s imperative that drivers pay attention to vehicles that have pulled over for emergency stops and respond appropriately. It could literally save a life,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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