Posted in Car Accidents on October 8, 2019
Traffic laws in Georgia are vital for keeping drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians safe. When drivers fail to obey traffic laws, they could end up in a crash causing serious damages or injuries. Most Georgia car accidents occur due to driver errors.
One of the most common causes of accidents includes “right-of-way” violations. Right-of-way is a term used to determine who is entitled to change lanes, move through intersections, enter roadways, make turns, and other movements when traffic is on the roadway. Right-of-way violations can lead to serious incidents in and around the roadway. Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike must understand these laws in order to stay safe and prevent injuries.
Georgia law establishes the right-of-way for all traffic situations. Here is a brief summary of the right-of-way laws in the state:
Even though Georgia law outlines right-of-way legalities, common sense and courtesy also go a long way when it comes to right-of-way issues. Even if you have the right-of-way in a situation and you see another driver failing to yield, do what you can to avoid the situation by yielding anyway.
Failing to yield the right-of-way can lead to significant penalties. Georgia police can pull a driver over and assess a three-point penalty on their driver’s license. Fines vary from county to county but usually range from $140 to $225 for failing to yield to a private vehicle. Failing to yield to an emergency or maintenance vehicle can lead to a $550 fine.
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