According to reports out of Cobb County, a moped driver was seriously injured yesterday afternoon after he was hit from behind by another driver.
The incident is still under heavy investigation. As of right now, authorities have reported that Bobby Miller, the moped driver, was traveling east on Austell Road on a 2013 VIP moped when he was struck by a 2017 Chevrolet Sonic.
Miller was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, many of the cases I handle deal with not only charges of DUI in Georgia, but other related offenses. On top of that, many of the cases I handle also deal with accidents and serious injuries. In today's post, I will outline the law behind following too closely in today's post as that is what the other driver is probably facing amongst other charges.
Following Too Closely in Georgia
Following too closely in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §40-6-49 as:
(a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.
(b) The driver of any motor vehicle which is drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residential district and which is following another motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle shall, whenever conditions permit, leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger, except that this shall not prevent a motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from overtaking and passing any like vehicle or other vehicle.
(c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residential district in a caravan or motorcade whether or not towing other vehicles shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This subsection shall not apply to funeral processions, parades, or other groups of vehicles if such groups of vehicles are under the supervision and control of a law enforcement agency.
(d) Vehicles which approach from the rear any other vehicle or vehicles stopped or slowed to make a lawful turn shall be deemed to be following for purposes of this Code section.
Most of the time, a following to closely charged is related to a car accident. It usually involves a rear-end collision. Moreover, when there is an accident with a DUI, the stakes are high.
A Following Too Closely conviction adds 3 points to Georgia Driver’s License as well as requiring the payment of fines and court costs.
Georgia DUI Penalties are serious. The consequences of a DUI conviction can result in many changes to not only a person's day to day life but also his or her future. If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney now.