Last Updated: 18 October, 2022
Two Scott’s Law violation crashes occurred on the same day. Illinois State Police (ISP) reported that between two crashes happening on the same day, a state trooper was injured and two construction workers were killed due to Scott’s Law violations. The collisions occurred in Effingham on U.S. Route 45 to southbound Interstate 57 and between Burlington, Iowa, and Gulf Port, Illinois within 40 minutes of each other. The first collision left a state trooper with injuries after a passing semi-truck hit the trooper and the cab of another semi-truck that the trooper had pulled over. It was reported that The trooper’s squad car was parked behind the truck with its emergency lights activated. Shortly thereafter, another Scott’s Law violation occurred and resulted in the unfortunate death of two construction workers. The workers were setting up construction barrels on the bridge carrying U.S. Route 34 over the river when a car struck both of them. It was reported that the workers’ pickup truck had its construction lights activated at the time of the crash.
ISP reported that 19 ISP squad cars have been struck in relation to the Move Over Law and eight Troopers have sustained injuries from Move Over Law-related crashes. Earlier this year, on August 12th another ISP squad car, with a trooper inside, was struck while on a traffic stop. The August 12th collision occurred on Interstate 355 northbound near the Boughton Road Exit near Lemont.
These types of collisions are completely avoidable and laws, like Scott’s Law, have even been put in place to help encourage drivers to give space and be more careful when traveling around emergency vehicles along the side of the road. Scott’s Law mandates that when approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, drivers are to proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way by making a lane change. If a lane change is impossible, drivers must reduce the speed of the vehicle significantly and maintain a safe speed.
When you are driving on the interstate and see a vehicle on the shoulder of the road, slow down, signal, and move over. It is also important to note that you should make room for other drivers to move over if possible. Scott’s Law is not an option, it is mandatory. When driving on the interstate, rid yourself of distractions, pay attention, and make space for vehicles that are pulled over on the side of the road. If you fail to do so, you could be subjected to hefty fines, or even worse, be responsible for harming others on the road or even taking an individual’s life.
If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle driven by a distracted or impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation to assist you with your physical injuries, emotional suffering, and other accident-related expenses. The experienced attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. have extensive knowledge and drive and will work diligently to get you the highest compensation possible for your case. Contact the injury attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to discuss your situation today.
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