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Blackwell Law Firm - Huntsville Personal Injury LawyersWhat is Alabama’s Move Over Law? The law began as a protection for police helping or citing motorists along the highway. We have all seen a police officer on the roadside doing his or her job. The officer must stand just feet from cars traveling at high speeds. It is a very dangerous position. Many police officers have been injured or killed over the years by passing motorists. If you ask any law enforcement officer, they will admit this is one of the scariest parts of their job.

Eventually, our original Blue Light Law was amended to include other workers who must also perform their jobs on the side of our highways. These include paramedics, firefighters, wrecker drivers, utility workers, sanitation employees. All of these individuals work at significant personal risk.

At our office, we have seen the tragic results of drivers who refuse to slow or move for emergency personnel. Several years ago, we represented the family of a young paramedic struck and killed by a passing driver. This paramedic was helping a hurt motorist on the shoulder of the Interstate. Despite flashing lights from two patrol cars and the ambulance, a reckless driver sped down the icy highway without slowing or moving to the far lane. The driver lost control. He struck the paramedic, killing her.

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Blackwell Law Firm: Huntsville Injury AttorneysI rarely write about my current cases. However, some cases present special safety issues. Over the last couple years, I’ve represented the family of a paramedic who lost her life while helping another accident victim on the Interstate. This paramedic left behind a beautiful baby girl and a grieving young husband.

The story is a tragic one of a life cut short. The driver who caused her wrongful death was driving down the Interstate at speeds over 80 miles per hour on an icy, sleeting winter morning. That driver passed a prior accident where a deputy waved for him to slow down. Instead, he sped up. Eventually, he lost control while swerving between lanes. He skidded off the Interstate and onto the shoulder of the roadway where he struck and killed this young paramedic.

Like many drivers who recklessly put our lives in danger, he had very little insurance. Police arrested the driver at the scene. But, in the end, he suffered very little punishment. And, this grieving family now had to raise a child without a mother’s love, care, support, or income.

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