TOW TRUCK DRIVERS FACING GREATER CHANCE OF HARM WHILE DOING THEIR JOBS –
KING 5 reports that four tow truck drivers have been struck on the side of the road in Washington state since December; two of them died, according to AAA Washington.
Also this month in our blog we note that the NHTSA has tallied an increase in driver fatalities in 2021
despite fewer miles being driven than in the same time periods previously. Overall, the data is suggesting that drivers are simply being less careful behind the wheel and participating in more risky driving behaviors. When doing so, it is easier to make a mistake or not properly leave room for something like an active two operation on the side of the roadway.
As discussed in the KING 5 article:
AAA Washington said the crashes are all preventable. The agency has teamed up with tow companies for a public service announcement with a message for drivers to obey the state’s “Move Over Law.” The law requires motorists to move over one lane or slow down when approaching any motor vehicle that is stopped for an emergency.
“People may not be aware that a tow truck working on the side of the road is considered an emergency vehicle,” explained Just, “and they need just as much room as emergency responders, as police, fire and road constructions.”
As someone who’s encountered too many close calls in his career, Carroll hopes drivers take this message to heart.
“All we do out there is at least get you guys home, off the road and hearing that we, some of us can’t make it home to our loved ones is sad.”