Get a FREE Case Review
Call Today: (800) 559-5741
Available 24 Hours, 7 Days A Week

A & A Coronavirus Update: We are open and working hard for our clients. If you've been injured, you can hire us from the comfort of your home and we can start working on your case immediately. Click here for more information.

North Carolina Move Over Law Is Broadened

Construction Workers

With a rash of tragic accidents resulting in serious injuries or fatalities to those people who have to work near or on North Carolina roadways, there are plans to broaden the state’s Move-Over Law.

Originally, the North Carolina Move-Over Law was passed some 11 years ago to help protect police, firefighters, ambulances and other vehicles that exhibited red or blue colored flashing lights at an accident scene. Motorists were required to move over into another lane, if it could be done safely, to provide extra room and safety for emergency personnel who were near the lanes of speeding vehicles.

The new broadened version of the Move-Over Law, which was adopted in June 2012 by the General Assembly, became effective on Monday, October 1, 2012. The expanded version now requires motorists to change lanes and move over, as they approach road maintenance or utility crews, tow trucks and other vehicles that exhibit flashing amber lights.

Under the law, motorists are required to move over a minimum of one lane, when there are two or more lanes going in each direction. Obviously this means moving over at least one lane, when it can be done safely. When there is only one lane of traffic going in each direction, motorists are required to slow down and be prepared to stop. The fine for violating the Move-Over Law is $250, plus court costs.

There are 47 states which have some type of law requiring motorists to slow down and move over, if it is possible to do so safely, to avoid police cars, ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency response units stopped near or on the roadways.

Unfortunately, motorists continue to have accidents with police officers, construction crew workers, utility workers, surveyors, tow truck drivers and other emergency responders, seriously injuring them or causing the loss of lives.

In August 2012, there were two North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) workers killed after a vehicle lost control and went into a construction area near Murphy. Another similar accident in May 2012, left two people dead and another seriously injured in Yancey County. A North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper was seriously injured in September 2012, when his vehicle was struck from behind while he was performing a routine traffic stop in Madison County. Finally, another NCDOT worker was killed on October 2, 2012 when he was struck by a vehicle as he was trying to remove a tree that had fallen across a roadway in Watauga County.

If you or someone you know have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones because of a motorist who has violated the North Carolina Move-Over Law, it is important for you to contact an experienced North Carolina car accident attorney.

Auger & Auger is a Charlotte, North Carolina law firm experienced in handling serious personal injury cases and fatalities. Its attorneys have almost 40 years of collective experience in personal injury cases, including automobile accidents and wrongful death cases.

In addition to having three offices in Charlotte, we have offices in Greensboro and Raleigh, for your convenience.

Contact us for a no obligation consultation to discuss your case. Our firm handles cases on a contingency basis, which means you owe us no fee unless we get you a recovery.

Other Resources:

NCDOT Road Rules

‘Move Over’ Law Expands in North Carolina, Asheville Citzien-Times.com, Article by Gary D. Robertson, October 1, 2012

Related Blog Posts:

One Worker Killed, Another Injured At Construction Job in Greenville County
, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, June 18, 2012

AAA Carolinas Study Reveals Safest and Most Dangerous Counties For Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Attorney Blog, August 16, 2012

Posted In: Car Accidents, Distracted Driver, Workers' Compensation
Call Today - FREE Consultation No Fee Until Recovery! 800-559-5741

The list of prior client settlement results and client reviews/testimonials, do not constitute a promise of any particular result in any particular case, as each and every case is unique. Each case was handled on its own merit, and the outcome of any case cannot be predicted by a lawyer or law firms past results.

If a recovery or settlement by trial is made, the client will be responsible for costs advanced in addition to attorney fees. Client remains responsible for costs, expenses and disbursements, including medical bills, within the scope of representation. The attorney’s contingency percentage will be computed prior to the deduction of expenses from the total recovery.

The principal office for Auger & Auger Law Firm is located at 717 S. Torrence St., Suite 101, Charlotte, NC. The attorneys and staff of Auger & Auger Law Firm work and process all of the firm’s files at the principal office location in Charlotte, NC. Other office locations listed on our website are satellite offices that are not staffed daily. Satellite offices are operated for the convenience of our clients and who live outside of the Charlotte, NC metro area and are unable to meet with us at our principal office location. All meetings at our satellite offices must be made by appointment only. Phone numbers for satellite offices forward to our principle office location in Charlotte, NC.

DMCA.com Protection Status