Sadly, a Bradenton mother had to watch her 21-year-old son die after a driver in a pickup truck hit and kill her son on the side of I-75 in Hillsborough County. Would following Florida’s Move Over Law prevented this tragedy?
According to ABC Action News, the crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday on the shoulder of I-75 in Hillsborough County near the Selmon Expressway exit. Daniel Schaffer had car troubles and pulled over on the side of the road to wait for a tow truck. When the tow truck were there, a driver in a pickup truck lost control of her vehicle and fatally struck Mr. Schaffer and injured the tow truck driver. According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, the three vehicles erupted in flames.
Does Florida’s Move Over Law come into play in this crash? We all should know that the law requires us to move over when approaching a police car on the side of the road, but what about a tow truck? The answer is yes!
Under Florida’s Move Over law, if a wrecker displaying amber rotating or flashing lights is performing a recovery or loading on the roadside, the driver of every other vehicle, as soon as it is safe shall vacate the lane closest to the wrecker. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, the driver shall reduce speed to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.
The reports don’t seem to discuss if the pick up driver in this case followed the Move Over Law before losing control and causing the fiery crash.
May this tragedy serve as a reminder that if you are approaching a tow truck on the side of the road, be safe and follow Florida’s Move Over law. It could not only prevent you from getting a ticket, it could save a life.
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