According to reports out of Atlanta, an accident involved a Toyota Avalon rear-ending a Nissan Armada near Fair Drive.
This original collision caused the second vehicle to catch on fire. The passenger in the first car was killed as a result of the accident. The three other individuals were taken to the hospital.
As of right now, there are no charges being filed but typically accidents involving rear-ending vehicles results in charges of following too closely.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind one of the possible offenses that may come out of this incident.
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.
Following too closely is classified as a misdemeanor offense and typically involves a rear-end collision. When an accident is involved with a charge of DUI in Georgia, then the prosecution has even more evidence against you. In these situations, having a knowledgable attorney at your defense is of the utmost importance.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI or another serious traffic violation in Georgia, contact our offices today. A Georgia DUI Attorney can help you with your case now.