Construction season is here and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) will have over 2,000 work zones on roads throughout the state. In addition to these work zones, there will be a variety of personnel working on the roads on a daily basis, whether it is a law enforcement officer or towing crew personnel.
With so many individuals working on the roadways throughout Ohio, it is very important for drivers to stay alert and free of distraction. There were 4,373 crashes last year in work zones that caused 1,118 injuries and 19 fatalities. This is something that can oftentimes be prevented, so spreading the message to motorists to be caution in work zones and to move over is very important to our law office.
Drivers can now expect doubled fines if they fail to move over in work zones in which crews are on the side of the road. The law is to move over or slow down in a work zone if changing lanes is not possible when you are passing a vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road.
Those who fail to move over or slow down can expect a fine of $300 for the first violation, which is also considered a minor misdemeanor. If a driver has the same violate within one year, they can expect a $500 fine, and a $1,000 fine for more than two violations in one year.
Ohio’s Move Over Law
Ohio’s Move Over Law was expanded in December 2013 to apply to all stationary vehicles with flashing lights. These include road construction vehicles, maintenance vehicles and utility crews. The law states that motorists must shift one lane over or slow their speed while they pass a vehicle that has flashing lights.
The Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission shared safety tips for when nearing work zones. Follow these safety tips to increase safety within these work zones:
- Stay alert and give driving your full attention
- Follow all posted signs and obey flaggers
- Don’t tailgate or speed; most crashes in work zones are rear-end collisions
- Expect the unexpected
- Beware that normal traffic patterns may be shifted
Involved in Work Zone Accident
If you have been involved in a work zone accident, whether as the victim in another vehicle or as a worker injury by a car, you should contact a personal injury attorney.
Work zone accidents are very serious which is why the Move Over law has gained so much attention. There are thousands of accidents that result in unnecessary injuries and fatalities. If you or a loved one has been a victim of such an accident, it is important to seek legal guidance to receive the deserved compensation and to help prevent future accidents.
To speak to one of the personal injury attorneys at our law office about your work zone accident, call 800.637.8170. You will have the opportunity to speak directly with an attorney about your accident, the resulting injuries, and learn about the options that you have regarding a personal injury claim and compensation.