If you spend any time driving on Maryland highways (in particular Baltimore’s Beltway 695), you will notice that there are consistently emergency responders and tow trucks on the road. Accidents happen on Maryland highways nearly every hour of every day. It’s very rare that you won’t see someone stranded on the side of the road or encounter heavy traffic due to an accident. Because of this, the Maryland Move-Over Law was passed. Under the law, motorists must either move over or slow down (presumably below the speed limit) to avoid first responder vehicles (think ambulances, fire trucks, cop cars, etc) and those involved in the accident or other routine traffic stop.
Now, after a few accidents involving tow trucks, Maryland lawmakers are attempting to expand the law to include tow trucks. Maryland is one of only four states that doesn’t have tow trucks included in the law; that seems a little dubious, all things considered. Tow trucks still have to show up on the side of the road anytime an accident occurs and have to be present to help motorists out of potentially dangerous situations. If this law goes into effect, it could, like the current Move-Over law, result in a $500 fine for motorists who don’t obey the law.
For now, make sure that you always move over if you see a first responder vehicle, and give tow truck drivers the courtesy of moving over. If it’s not possible to move over, make a point to slow down and avoid the shoulder as much as possible. The expansion of the Move-Over law will have a hearing in the House this week. Keep an eye on the legislation so you can avoid fines and make an effort to be a safer driver.
If you are injured in a car accident or need qualified counsel to speak with, you are invited to call or click Bruce Robinson & Associates anytime day or night. We are always here to help. 410-844-0235.