Aggressive Drivers Rarely Yield To Other Drivers in Georgia


August 13, 2017

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Explain That Aggressive Drivers Rarely Yield To Other Drivers

Aggressive drivers almost never yield to other drivers, pedestrians, or anyone else on the road. They drive as if they own the road. The fact of the matter is aggressive driving is hazardous. Failing to yield is a form of aggressive driving that can lead to severe collisions and cause serious injuries and death. If you or someone you love suffered serious personal injuries or died in a crash caused by a driver failing to yield, you may be entitled to financial damages. At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Atlanta car crash attorneys have tremendous experience pursuing claims for damages on behalf of clients who were injured through no fault of their own.

Georgia's rules of the road found at Georgia Code §40-6-70 through 77, specifically state that when a driver, pedestrian, bicyclist, farm equipment operator or motorcyclist have the right of way. These sections delineate with painstaking detail who has the right of way and who must yield in almost every conceivable scenario a driver can face on the roads. Despite driver training, people commonly operate their cars like they have never heard of these rules before. 

One of the most frequent accidents caused by a failure to yield is when a car is turning left. Georgia law obligates the driver who is legally turning left, but without a green arrow light, to yield, in the absence of an emergency, to oncoming vehicles. These situations normally arise when the driver faces a solid green light, but no arrow. The turning driver has a duty to prevent accidents when turning, particularly when the opposing vehicle with the right of way is so close as to be a threat to collide with the turning car. Most of the time, drivers who fail to yield have a clear line of sight prior to impact. However, unfortunately, many drivers try to beat oncoming cars when making a left turn or U-turn, resulting in a collision.

Georgia's stop and yield sign laws are clear and unequivocal. A driver who is obligated to stop at a stop sign must yield the right of way to those who are not confronted by a stop sign. Simple logic dictates that is how drivers must operate in those situations. Similarly, when a driver approaches a yield sign, the driver must slow to a speed that is reasonable under the conditions.  Moreover, the driver must give way to the vehicles that are in the intersection before arriving at the yield sign or those vehicles that are already on the throughway. Under Georgia law, the person who fails to yield at a yield sign and collides with another car is responsible for the collision and any damages that naturally flow from that person's failure to obey the yield sign.

One of the more interesting components of Georgia's rules of the road is the statute that imposes criminal liability for failing to yield. It is a misdemeanor to collide with, and cause serious bodily injuries to, a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or farm equipment vehicle transporting agricultural products or livestock if striking one of those objects was caused by a failure to yield when the driver had an obligation to do so.

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