Driver Caused Fatal Accident After Driving the Wrong Way on Georgia Interstate

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

According to reports, two drivers were killed as the result of a wrong way driver on I-85. The fatal accident occurred early this morning around 2:45am in Jackson County. 

The Georgia State Patrol pronounced the drivers of both cars involved in the crash as dead at the scene. As of right now, little is known about the incident. 

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the offense of driving on the wrong side of the road.

Driving on Wrong Side of Roadway in Georgia

By Georgia Law, there is a statute that states that all vehicles are to drive on the right side of the roadway except for some exceptions laid out by law. 

Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:

(1) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;

(2) When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway, provided that any person so doing shall yield the right of way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such a distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;

(3) Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon; or

(4) Upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic. O.C.G.A. §40-6-40.

Practice Note

This offense is commonly associated with DUI in Georgia. As of right now, the Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the cause of original driver's wrong way driving on I-85 which caused the double fatal crash. 

What may seem as minor traffic offenses can lead to more serious traffic violations such as serious injury by vehicle in Georgia or vehicular homicide in Georgia. 

If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices. We can help you with your case. A Georgia DUI Attorney can help you today.

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