Louisville Car Accident Lawyer Rob Shelton Discusses the Effectiveness of Move Over Laws in Kentucky

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The lead attorney at the Shelton Law Group weighs in on the importance of Kentucky’s Move Over law in preventing fatal accidents on state roads and highways.

This important public safety law exists for a reason: to keep police officers, emergency medical responders, tow truck drivers and maintenance workers safe from harm while stopped at roadside.

Commenting on a WAVE 3 article questioning how effective the Move Over law is in preventing accidents in Kentucky, Louisville car accident attorney Rob Shelton said today work must be done to raise awareness about the important traffic safety law designed to protect public officials stopped at roadside.

WAVE 3 (“Drivers ignore KY Move Over law, lack of signs cited,” September 2) reported that a fatal accident claimed the life of a state trooper on Interstate 65 after a driver failed to change lanes while approaching a traffic stop. Shelton, a Louisville car accident attorney with two decades’ experience, said the accident underscores a need for drivers to better understand state Move Over laws and other safe driving habits.

“Sadly, little effort has been made in Kentucky to raise awareness about Kentucky’s Move Over law. This important public safety law exists for a reason: to keep police officers, emergency medical responders, tow truck drivers and maintenance workers safe from harm while stopped at roadside,” Shelton said. “It may seem like common sense to slow down or switch lanes when approaching vehicles stopped at the side of a road or highway. But as this tragic crash illustrates, too many drivers fail to do so.”

According to the WAVE 3 article, Kentucky’s Move Over law has been in effect since June 2003. The law states that drivers are required to move over or slow down when approaching a police officer, ambulance, tow truck driver, or any other public official with emergency lights flashing, WAVE 3 reported.

Despite the law being in effect for more than a decade, officials from a nonprofit organization, Supporting Heroes, told WAVE 3 that the state lacks sufficient signage warning drivers of state Move Over laws. According to officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, most signs reminding drivers of the Move Over law are located where interstate highways intersect.

“Drivers need to take every precaution they can to keep themselves safe, avoid collisions with other drivers and avoid collisions with vehicles stopped at the side of the road. It’s as simple as that,” said Shelton. “However, many drivers put themselves and others in harm’s way every day engaging in behavior that increases the likelihood of a serious accident. Drivers who send text messages while driving or get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol are far more likely to break other laws than drivers who stay focused on the road ahead.”

About the Shelton Law Group

Located in Louisville and serving clients in Kentucky and across the country, the experienced car accident lawyers at the Shelton Law Group have dedicated their careers to helping injury victims successfully resolve their legal issues. Our knowledgeable attorneys in Louisville, KY handle a wide range of cases, including dangerous drugs, personal injury, car and truck accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, workplace injuries and disputes and Medicare fraud claims. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means clients do not pay any fees if they don’t win.

The Shelton Law Group
9300 Shelbyville Rd #215C
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 409-6460
http://www.robsheltonlaw.com/

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