William Long Whitesell, L.L.C.

Passing in a no passing zone can be dangerous - and deadly

Just a few weeks ago, a woman was killed in Tifton when a driver going the opposite direction attempted to pass a truck in a no passing zone. The driver was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. She was taken to a medical center where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Incidents like this remind us of the dangers of passing other vehicles. The danger increases considerably when passing other drivers in an area that has been deemed unsafe for passing – a no passing zone.

Why you should never pass a vehicle in a no passing zone

No passing zones were created for a reason – it is potentially hazardous to pass another vehicle in that particular area. The hazard could be limited visibility, due to a curve or incline in the road, or proximity to a railroad crossing.

Georgia law recognizes just how deadly passing a vehicle with limited visibility can be. No passing zones are determined by the Georgia Department of Transportation – along with local authorities - and were established to keep drivers safe including you, the driver you are passing, and oncoming drivers.

Penalties you can face for violating the no passing zone law in Georgia

If you are cited for passing in a no passing zone, you will face a fine and will receive four points on your driving license. In Georgia, if you receive 15 points over the course of 24 months, your license will be suspended.

In addition, your insurance rate may increase due to the citation. And if you cause an accident while illegally passing another vehicle, you can be charged in civil court for damages that were a result of the accident.

What you should do if you are injured in this type of accident

Injuries caused by a head-on collision between vehicles driving at high rates of speed can be serious, even life-threatening. If you are involved in a crash caused by an individual attempting to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone, you may be eligible to receive compensation and damages.

Contact a personal injury attorney to see what options may be available to you.

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