Two Georgians Injured in Rear End Accident on I-75

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

An accident resulted in two people being rushed to a hospital in Cobb County earlier this week. Reports show that a truck stalled on I-75 N when another vehicle crashed into the back of it. The two people in the truck are currently suffering from life-threatening injuries.

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the traffic offense that appears to be in the situation above - following too closely. This offense is frequently what leads to a DUI investigation in the state of Georgia.

Following Too Closely in Georgia

Following too closely in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code 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.

A conviction for following too closely in Georgia adds 3 points to a person's license.

Practice Note

If a charge of DUI in Georgia involves an accident as well as a charge for following too closely, the state will have a strong case against how you exhibited that you were a less safe driver.

This is why Georgia DUI Laws are so complicated. If you or a loved one have been arrested, contact our offices today.

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