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Two Police Officers Involved in Accidents When Responding to Accident

A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.

 

Consulting a Gwinnett County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

Two Roswell police officers were recently involved in accidents as they responded to another accident. The officers were responding to an accident involving a vehicle that struck a median wall when another vehicle failed to yield to the patrol car traveling with lights and sirens. This led to a second accident. A second police officer was responding to the initial accident scene when he hit a pedestrian.

 

According to Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) section 40-6-74, drivers must yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles:

Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle or a vehicle belonging to a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency making use of an audible signal and visual signals meeting the requirements of Code Section 40-6-6, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle or law enforcement vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.

 

Additionally, Georgia's move-over law requires that drivers leave the highway lane closest to emergency vehicles open or slow down if they cannot move over.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Gwinnett County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia