January 28, 2014
The Texas Truck Accident Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers explain the most serious risk of injury or death at the workplace comes from transportation accidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than 40 percent of all workplace fatalities that occurred in 2012 were the result of such accidents. More disturbing though was the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s findings that emergency responders, such as tow truck drivers, face a risk two times higher than the national average when it comes to the chances of being involved in a transportation accident.
According to an article from KBTX 3 News, a Brazos County tow truck driver, who has been on the job for more than a decade, says he has experienced these risks first hand. He states drivers often fail to supply workers and emergency responders with enough room to do their jobs and adds that staying vigilant is the best way he has found to stay safe while working.
Officials are reminding motorists that tow truck drivers fall into the category of workers covered under the state’s Move Over or Slow Down law. These regulations require motorists to move their vehicles over at least one lane of traffic away from a stopped emergency vehicle that has its lights activated. Motorists are expected to slow down significantly if they are unable to move over.
The Texas Personal Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers would like to remind motorists to obey the Move Over law at all times.