A local driver has been charged with some serious offenses after allegedly causing an accident involving her vehicle as well as two tractor trailers on I-85 in Gwinnett County.
She is facing charges of:
- Homicide by Vehicle in Georgia
- Failure to Maintain Lane in Georgia
- Too Fast for Conditions in Georgia
According to the facts that have been reported, the accused driver was driving on I-85 when she lost control of her car and hit the guard rail lining the right side of the road. The car then deflected back and hit a tractor trailer. That crash resulted in another accident with a different tractor trailer.
Both drivers of the tractor trailers ended up dying as a result of the crashes.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I focus many of my posts on the laws behind these offenses. Most of the time I focus on explaining more serious offenses but in today's post I will focus on the offense of too fast for conditions in the state of Georgia.
Too fast for conditions is a less serious traffic violation. However, this type of offense can lead to more serious charges from further investigation.
Too Fast for Conditions in Georgia
O.C.G.A. §40-6-180 defines too fast for conditions in Georgia as:
No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing. Consistently with the foregoing, every person shall drive at a reasonable and prudent speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railroad grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching and traversing a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.
Most of the time, a violation for too fast for conditions means driving at a speed that impairs a driver's ability to control the car in specific conditions.
As you can see, the violation is held up to a subjective standard, and thus, it depends on the specific facts of the case. Some dangerous conditions may involve heavy traffic, bad weather, a slippery road, or issues with visibility.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or cited for a serious traffic violation, call our offices today.