Have You Heard of Nevada’s Move Over Law?
This month, a man tragically lost his life after he was struck on the side of the road. It was reported that the man was standing outside a vehicle on the side of the road when a utility van failed to maintain its lane and struck him. While not all accidents can be prevented, there are laws designed to keep people safe on the side of the road. Namely, Move Over laws. Have you heard of Nevada’s Move Over law? If you haven’t, then keep reading. Below, we will discuss Move Over laws and provide information on Nevada’s Move Over law.
We hope the below information helps protect you on the road. If another driver injures you because they failed to move over, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
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What Is a Move Over Law?
The first Move Over law originated in South Carolina in 1996. The state enacted the law after a paramedic was struck and killed while responding to a crash. Since then, every state has enacted similar legislation. A Move Over law requires drivers to do the following when they see flashing lights on the side of the road:
- Slow down
- Move over when possible
Move Over laws were initially enacted to protect emergency personnel on the side of the road. Over time, states have expanded their legislation to include some or all of the following:
- First responders
- Tow trucks
- Municipal vehicles
- Utility vehicles
- Road maintenance
- Disabled vehicles
Do you know what is included in Nevada’s legislation? If you are unsure, continue reading. Below, we will provide Nevada’s Move Over law.
Move Over laws can help reduce accidents. Unfortunately, not all drivers abide by Move Over laws. If another driver injures you because they failed to move over, contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers offer a track record of winning top compensation in personal injury cases. We have experienced car accident attorneys who are ready to help you win top compensation as a Las Vegas car accident victim. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Nevada’s Move Over Law
Nevada initially enacted its Move Over law in 2003. It originally only required drivers to move over for official emergency response vehicles. Namely, those pulled over on the side of the road with amber lights flashing. Since then, it has been expanded to apply to any “traffic incident.”
What should you do if you approach a traffic incident? In Nevada, you are required to do the following:
- Reduce your speed.
- Proceed with caution.
- Be prepared to stop.
- If possible, move to a lane that is not adjacent to the traffic incident.
The full text of Nevada’s Move Over law is provided below.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.607
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.607 is Nevada’s Move Over law. NRS 484B.607 provides the following:
- Upon approaching any traffic incident, the driver of the approaching vehicle shall, in the absence of other direction given by a law enforcement officer:
(a) Decrease the speed of the vehicle to a speed that is reasonable and proper, pursuant to the criteria set forth in subsection 1 of NRS 484B.600;
(b) Proceed with caution;
(c) Be prepared to stop; and
(d) If possible, drive in a lane that is not adjacent to the lane or lanes where the traffic incident is located unless roadway, traffic, weather or other conditions make doing so unsafe or impossible.
- A person who violates subsection 1 is guilty of a misdemeanor.
- As used in this section, “traffic incident” means any vehicle, person, condition or other traffic hazard which is located on or near a roadway and which poses a danger to the flow of traffic or to a person involved in, responding to or assisting with the traffic hazard. The term includes, without limitation:
(a) An authorized emergency vehicle which is stopped and is making use of flashing lights meeting the requirements of subsection 3 of NRS 484A.480;
(b) A tow car which is stopped and is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of NRS 484B.748 or lamps that emit non-flashing blue light meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.475, or both;
(c) An authorized vehicle used by the Department of Transportation which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and which is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of subsection 1 of NRS 484D.185 or lamps that emit non-flashing blue light meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.200;
(d) A vehicle, owned or operated by a person who contracts with the Department of Transportation to provide aid to motorists or to mitigate traffic incidents, which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and making use of lamps that emit non-flashing blue light meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.200;
(e) A public utility vehicle which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.195;
(f) An authorized vehicle of a local governmental agency which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.185;
(g) Any vehicle which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.185;
(h) A crash scene;
(i) A stalled vehicle;
(j) Debris on the roadway; or
(k) A person who is out of his or her vehicle attending to a repair of the vehicle.
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We hope the above discussion helps you understand when you should move over while driving in Las Vegas. If another driver injures you in Las Vegas because they failed to move over, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
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