Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. Based in Gwinnett County, he handles serious injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. Call him for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.
Head-on traffic wrecks are not “accidents.” They often cause life-threatening or life-altering injuries and sometimes death. “Accident” is a complete misnomer. The drivers at fault for these collisions are, at best, negligent, but often impaired, distracted, or reckless in their manner of driving.
O.C.G.A. § 40-6-40 makes it a crime to drive on the wrong side of a road in Georgia. This even applies to smaller roads that do not have marked lanes of travel. Subsection (a) of the statute requires that “upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway . . .” The statute contains a few limited exceptions to that basic principle of the rules of the road that a driver has to stay on the correct side of the road and not drive in the path of oncoming traffic. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-40, the driving on the wrong side of the road statute, is just one basis for civil recovery in a lawsuit. Typically a wrong-way driver will have violated other provisions of Georgia law, but this statute is an important tool in holding the at-fault driver accountable.
Attorney Richard Armond has significant experience enforcing the traffic laws of Georgia, first as an Assistant Solicitor-General from 2007 to 2011 prosecuting all misdemeanor traffic violations in State Court, and then as a Senior Assistant District Attorney from 2011 to 2017 prosecuting cases including all serious felony traffic crimes.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or death because of a wrong-way driver please contact attorney Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.
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