Unsafe passing in Johns Creek can lead to a serious accident. Drivers might fail to use a turn signal, swerve in and out of lanes, or pass in front of another driver and stop abruptly. No matter how it happens, an improper passing accident may entitle you to damages.
If you or a loved one were injured because of incorrect passing, you have rights. You’ll want to talk to a Johns Creek improper passing accident lawyer for help. Our experienced lawyers can help you build a claim for the compensation you deserve.
John Foy & Associates has over 20 years of experience helping accident victims. We do not charge a fee unless we win you money. To learn more during a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Georgia’s Passing Laws
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §40-6-42 covers passing laws for vehicles traveling in the same direction:
- Drivers overtaking another car should pass to the left and at a safe distance.
- Passing drivers shouldn’t move over to the right until they’ve moved safely past the other vehicle.
- The driver who is being passed should stay to the right and not increase their speed until the other vehicle has passed.
According to OCGA §40-6-41, drivers traveling in opposite directions should:
- Pass each other on the right, and
- Provide at least one-half of the road, if possible, between themselves and the other drivers on the road, with one traffic lane in each direction.
Johns Creek roads also have “no-passing” zones that drivers must heed. In one of these zones, no driver should pass at any time. Drivers should wait until the no-passing zone has ended.
There are many ways a motorist can fail to follow passing laws, but there is no excuse for improper passing. Improper passing is a traffic violation and also a type of negligence. When a driver’s negligence leads to an accident, that driver is liable for the damages.
Examples of Improper Passing
Some ways that drivers might unsafely pass other vehicles include:
- Failing to use a signal
- Passing over a solid line
- Passing in a no-passing zone
- Not providing enough room between the passing car and the other vehicle
- Hesitating between lanes
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Driving aggressively or speeding while passing
These are just a few examples. There are many ways a motorist might pass incorrectly on Johns Creek roads. If you suspect this type of behavior led to your accident, talk to a lawyer who can help you investigate.
You could be injured as:
- Another driver
- A passenger
- A bicyclist or motorcyclist
- A pedestrian
- A first responder, construction worker, or other person working near the road
As the injury victim, you have legal rights. You may deserve financial compensation from the negligent driver. However, the burden is on you to file a personal injury claim for the money you deserve.
Improper Passing and Truck Accidents
Truck drivers travel for many miles throughout Georgia and across the country. Unfortunately, the long shifts and grueling hours can lead to driver fatigue.
A tired trucker is more likely to make careless mistakes, such as passing incorrectly. If a truck driver is passing improperly, they can collide with one or more other vehicles. Smaller vehicles involved in a truck accident can become incredibly damaged, and occupants can suffer serious injuries.
If unsafe passing led to your truck accident, contact a lawyer immediately. Truck accident claims are complicated, and you’ll need to investigate as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can help you get started today.
Filing an Improper Passing Accident Claim
If another driver was at fault, the first step is typically to file an insurance claim. In Georgia, the at-fault driver is responsible for an accident’s damages. That usually means the driver’s insurance company is liable for the costs.
The statute of limitations for auto accident claims is two years. If you miss the deadline, you might be unable to recover any damages at all. Start working on your case today to get on track.
You can begin building your case within moments of your accident. Our lawyers recommend taking steps like:
- Calling 9-1-1 to report the accident to the police
- Taking pictures of your injuries, the accident damage, and the entire scene
- Getting the names and contact information for any witnesses
- Exchanging contact and insurance information with the other driver
- Calling for an ambulance if anyone needs it
- Seeing a doctor for your injuries as soon as possible
- Saving all evidence of your medical bills, vehicle repairs, and more
Your claim will need to outline all of your damages from the accident. You’ll also need to prove that the driver’s improper passing directly led to your collision and injuries.
A Johns Creek improper passing accident lawyer can help. At John Foy & Associates, we know how to investigate an accident and build an injury claim. We also won’t charge a fee unless we win your case.
Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started.
The Insurance Company Is Not on Your Side
Insurance companies care most about their bottom lines. After an accident someone else caused, be very careful about talking to the insurance adjuster. In fact, it’s best if you speak to a lawyer before speaking to the insurer at all.
The insurance adjuster’s job is to look for ways to pay you less. You might receive a quick offer after the accident, but it will always be a lowball. In other words, the offer won’t be enough to cover what you’ve lost because of the accident.
Do not accept any offer or agree to sign anything from the insurance company without a lawyer. Even if you just schedule a free consultation, a lawyer can help you prepare for what’s ahead. They’ll also determine how a fair settlement should look after your accident.
Talk to a Johns Creek Improper Passing Accident Lawyer Today
If improper passing led to your accident, you have legal rights. You might be entitled to full financial recovery for your accident damages. And at John Foy & Associates, we can help fight for what you and your family deserve.
With over 20 years of experience, we know what it takes to win cases. We also don’t collect payment unless we win your case.
To go over the details during a free consultation, reach out today. Call our team at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started.