Anyone can be cited for a traffic citation in the State of Georgia. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I remind my readers that no one is immune from being charged with a DUI in Georgia - this goes for other offenses too.
According to reports, a Georgia state trooper will be cited in a crash that blocked a road for several hours this morning. The trooper's cruiser collided with a pickup truck on Senoia Road near Harris Road about 5:45 a.m.
The trooper will be facing a citation for failure to yield in the state of Georgia.
In today's post I will outline the traffic violation of failure to yield according to Georgia Law.
Failure to Yield in Georgia
According to Georgia Law, the right of way refers to who is entitled to change lanes, make turns, move through intersections, or conduct other movements when traffic is present. Knowing who has the right of way is a critical part of driving and helps people avoid accidents.
Failure to yield is defined by O.C.G.A. §40-6-72 which states:
The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall, in obedience to such sign, slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and, if required for safety to stop, shall stop at a clearly marked stop line or, if there is no stop line, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if there is no crosswalk, at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering it. After slowing or stopping, the driver shall yield the right of way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways.
If a person is involved in an accident due to them failing to stop at a yield sign, that collision will be deemed prima-facie evidence of their failure to yield the right of way. Essentially it will be the person who failed to yield's fault unless proved otherwise. Even if the person who had the right of way was speeding and there would not have been an accident if they were not speeding, the vehicle who failed to yield would still be responsible for the crash.
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