As a personal injury lawyer, I find it very concerning that many drivers don’t abide by (or in some cases aren’t even aware of) Texas’ “move over or slow down law.”
This law is in place to protect police officers, firefighters, tow truck drivers, TxDOT workers, and other emergency responders who are stopped on the side of the road.
If you see such a vehicle up ahead, you have a legal obligation to either slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit while passing or else move over to leave a one-lane distance between you and the stopped vehicle.
There have been a number of recent accidents caused by negligent drivers who failed to comply with this law, including one of our own clients. Also, during February’s ice storm, Dallas firefighter William Scott Tanksley was killed when he was struck by a motorist who did not move over and lost control of their vehicle. Tanksley fell off an overpass onto I-20.
This is a great law that, if followed, will protect those who risk their lives to keep us safe.