According to authorities in Hall County, two fatal car wrecks happened within a twelve-hour period.
Both of the car accidents occurred as what appears to be weather-related conditions. The first wreck happened on Georgia 60 when a driver lost control of his vehicle while attempting to make a left turn around a curve. The second wreck happened later in the same day but was also as a result of a driver losing control of his vehicle. Both vehicles spun out of control in heavy rain.
The state of Georgia has experienced months of heavy rain and wet weather. This week is supposed to bring more rain which will inevitably and unfortunately lead to more accidents. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I handle cases involving all various types of traffic violations. This includes weather-related charges such as too fast for conditions. In today's post, I will outline the law behind this offense.
Too Fast for Conditions in Georgia
O.C.G.A. §40-6-180 defines too fast for conditions in Georgia as:
No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing. Consistently with the foregoing, every person shall drive at a reasonable and prudent speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railroad grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching and traversing a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.
Most of the time, a violation for too fast for conditions means driving at a speed that impairs a driver's ability to control the car in specific conditions.
As you can see, the violation is held up to a subjective standard, and thus, it depends on the specific facts of the case. Some dangerous conditions may involve heavy traffic, bad weather, a slippery road, or issues with visibility.
Call our offices today if you or a loved one has been arrested or received a citation in the state of Georgia.