Atlanta Traffic Ticket Attorney
Atlanta Following Too Closely Lawyer
by James L. Paisley
Have I violated the Statute?
If you have recently gotten a following too closely ticket in georgia, it is a good idea to understand the law you have been accused of breaking .O.C.G.A. 40-6-49 spells out exactly what constitutes following too closely and provides both a definition and specific details.
• “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.”
• Drivers are warned to leave enough room for a vehicle towing another vehicle behind it to pass you and pull in front of you safely.
• When traveling in a caravan or motorcade, “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 does not apply to things like parades or funeral processions when they are supervised by law enforcement.
• Finally, know that you are still considered to be following if approaching a vehicle that is stopped or slowed to make a turn.
If you have been charged with “following too closely” in Georgia, there may be many reasons for the charge. Most often, the ticket is written when you rear-end another vehicle and there is an accident report.
However, you could also be stopped and charged with following too closely, even if there was no accident. The officer could suspect you for a DUI or other crime and use this charge as a reason to stop you. And, if convicted, you will get three points on your license, plus possible court costs. Commercial drivers could face even more problems.
Whatever the circumstances of your case, you might have some questions about where you stand and what to expect.
What to Expect if You End Up in Court
There is a very good chance that your “following too closely” case will require you to appear in Court. And when it does, you want to be prepared to defend yourself. For this reason, having an attorney by your side could make the difference between a full-on guilty verdict and lesser punishments—or even being found not guilty.
If you are not at fault and wish to fight this charge head on, attorneys at Atlanta Ticket Lawyers will take charge and litigate your case. If you believe you were at fault or you just want to get the best possible resolution, then our attorneys can still help. Many times if we can show that your insurance company has accepted liability or paid the damages to the other vehicle, then we can convince the prosecutor to reduce the ticket to a non-moving violation that would result in no points and nothing on your record.
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