Atlanta, Ga. - A serious rollover crash left I-20 at a standstill for around an hour and a half.
According to authorities, police have accused one of the drivers of driving recklessly at a high rate of speed. This led to the vehicle sideswiping another car. The collision caused both cars to spin into concrete barriers on the interstate. Both drivers were rushed to a nearby hospital. However, charges have not been filed against either driver at this time.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer however, I will outline the offense of reckless driving as that is the. Offense that police believe caused the collision.
Reckless Driving in Georgia
In order to understand reckless driving, it is perhaps easier to examine some examples. These examples include (but are not limited to):
- Excessive Speeding
- Illegal passing
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Ignoring traffic control devices
- Racing other vehicles on a public roadway
Georgia Law defines reckless driving in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 as:
(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.
(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, provided that no provision of this Code section shall be construed so as to deprive the court imposing the sentence of the power given by law to stay or suspend the execution of such sentence or to place the defendant on probation.
As you can see, the law is relatively broad when it comes to what driving behaviors might constitute the offense of reckless driving. If you or a loved one is facing serious traffic charges, contact our offices now. We can help you now.