Unsafe Passing on Two-Lane Highways Can Cause Dangerous Accidents


July 28, 2017

Passing on Two-Lane Highways in Georgia – Unsafe Driving Can Result in Serious Injuries

The state of Georgia, as well as in the Southeast, generally have numerous two-lane highways, and while some highways do allow for drivers to pass, others do not. It can be frustrating when there is a vehicle driving well under the speed limit that is holding not only you up, but also, numerous other drivers as well. While slow vehicles can certainly be a frustrating hindrance, such an inconvenience is much less harmful than an accident caused by a passing vehicle on a Georgia highway.

In many circumstances, passing on a two-lane highway is prohibited. However, when passing is allowed, it is typically only allowed in small segments of a Georgia highway. Whether prohibited or not, passing on a two-lane highway in Georgia has the potential to result in a devastating accident. There are increased dangers associated with passing on a two-lane highway that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • • Failure to see an oncoming vehicle as you are passing a vehicle in front of you;
    • Miscalculating how much time you have to safely pass a vehicle;
    • Failure to turn on your signal when seeking to pass the vehicle(s) in front of you; and
    • Overcorrecting your car when trying to get back into the right-hand lane after passing, swerving to the side of the road.

Injuries resulting from automobile accidents that involve passing on two-lane highways have the potential to be permanent and catastrophic. Not only are head-on collisions a real possibility on Georgia's two-lane highways, vehicles are also at risk of swerving off the road or even flipping over after trying to pass another vehicle. While passing can be done safely where allowed on Georgia highways, it is still always a risk to enter the oncoming lane in order to pass a vehicle ahead of you.

Were Your Injuries Caused by Unsafe Driving?

There will always be unsafe drivers that choose to pass on two-lane highways despite the double yellow line and traffic signs specifically prohibiting the act. Nevertheless, if a driver has caused an accident by violating any traffic law, that driver can normally be held responsible for any injuries suffered as a result of the accident. Georgia law enforcement officials take all traffic laws very seriously given that the injuries associated with automobile accidents on two-lane highways can be quite severe. When a driver chooses to pass on a two-lane highway in an unsafe manner, life and limb are unnecessarily put at risk.

Given that Georgia has numerous two-lane highways, there will always be situations where vehicles may be allowed to pass slower drivers in front of them. If you have been injured in any type of auto accident involving someone else's negligence, call Montlick and Associates for your free consultation to learn about you legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 33 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

Our auto accident and personal injury law firm in Georgia is committed to ensuring that each client's rights and interests are protected under the law. If you have been involved in a car accident, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Our attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Sources: Montlick.com, https://driversed.com/driving-information/driving-techniques/passing.aspx

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