Driving On the Wrong Side of the Road

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What is Driving On the Wrong Side of the Road?

Even on roads that do not have clearly indicated lanes of traffic, violating Georgia law and driving on the incorrect side of the road is still a crime. 

If you were hit by a driver who was on the wrong side of the road, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. Instead of paying for your damages out of your own pocket, you should seek reimbursement from the driver who was negligent and make them accountable for their actions.

There is a purpose behind the presence of road dividers and markings. As part of their duty to exercise reasonable care, all drivers are obligated to adhere to these markers while they are on the road. Should they fail to do so, they will have committed an act of negligence, which places the lives of other motorists and pedestrians in unnecessary danger of being hurt or killed.

If a negligent driver meets any of the following criteria, they may have the mistaken belief that driving on the wrong side of the road is acceptable:

  • Quickly driving on the wrong side of the road to make a maneuver.
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road when they believe nobody else is there. 

They are grossly overestimating their own capabilities when they engage in these careless behaviors. The vast majority of motorists, despite their confidence, lack the ability to do certain maneuvers or have the necessary response time when driving on the wrong side of the road. As a result, it is absolutely necessary to obey all of the regulations of the road and to avoid driving on the incorrect side of the road, no matter the reason.

What Are the Penalties for Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road?

The right side of the road should be used exclusively for driving by all vehicles. If a driver chooses to disobey this regulation, they are engaging in criminal behavior.

In Georgia, the penalties for driving on the incorrect side of the road depend on the particular circumstances surrounding the offense.


In the event that a motorist turns into a road, quickly realizes their error, and makes the necessary corrections, a law enforcement officer may choose to issue either a warning or a ticket for the offense. The fine for driving the wrong way on a one-way road is normally between $150 and $325; however, this amount can change depending on the location where you were caught and whether or not other violations were involved.

For instance, if a person was driving while under the influence of alcohol and was caught driving on the incorrect side of a highway, they would be subject to significantly increased fines in addition to those for the wrong side infraction.

It is possible for the driver to contest the fine if there was no obvious sign indicating that the route was one-way or if the driver had another valid reason for being on the incorrect side of the road.

Points on Driving Record 

If a driver is found guilty of driving in the wrong direction, three points will be added to their driving record. After receiving a ticket for this crime, the driver should also anticipate seeing a rise in the cost of their auto insurance. If they have not already done so within the past five years, they may be eligible to reduce the severity of their offense by completing a traffic safety school and receiving a certificate of completion.

If the driver who caused your accident was traveling on the incorrect side of the road, you can use this as compelling proof when you make a claim for compensation. Willfully breaching traffic regulations is more than enough evidence for an insurance company to rule in your favor during a settlement negotiation. Despite this, you still need to establish blame, so it is vital for you to acquire as much evidence as possible to support your claim. You are going to require the services of an attorney for that.

Contact our law office to schedule a free consultation if you were hit by a driver going the wrong way on the road. 

The Abstract of Title Contains What Kind of Information?

Literally, every activity or occurrence that affected the land will (or should) be listed in the abstract of title. You may have a mortgage on your home, which is one of the most typical examples in residential real estate.

You finance all or a portion of the property’s cost when you buy it through a bank or another financial organization. The bank then acquires an interest in the property so that, in the event that you miss a payment, they may seize it and sell it to recoup the shortfall. The abstract of the title would cover that kind of transaction. It will also include the date that the mortgage was paid off and the property was yours.

All of this information is available for other prospective buyers and anyone who wish to place a lien on the property. Other people can tell how much interest you actually have in a piece of property by looking at the abstract. When you prevail in a personal injury case, for instance, you might need to place a lien on someone’s property to make sure you get the money you are due.

Additionally, the title’s abstract will provide details on the following:

  • Restrictive covenants that define the permitted and prohibited uses of the land or property.
  • Declarations and agreements for condominiums that outline duties associated with condo living.
  • Easements that show where a previous owner granted a third-party permission to walk through, over, or under a piece of property (usually for a fee).
  • For unpaid debts, mechanics’ liens, mortgages, and tax liens are the most common types of liens (for unpaid tax bills).
  • Notices of pending litigation that may have an impact on the property, such as bankruptcy or divorce.


What Impact Does the Abstract Have on Property Transfer?

Any transfer of property results in the creation of rights, but it may also bring with it liabilities. There are various ways to transfer property, all of which include the real estate’s title. Title transfers (deeds) come in a variety of forms, including:

  • A warranty deed makes claims about the title. Technically, it does not guarantee that the title is fair and marketable, but it does declare that the seller will protect your ownership interests in the property if the title is contested by another party.
  • Similar to a warranty deed, a limited warranty deed restricts the extent to which the parties will defend the deed (such as against particular classes of people or claims)
  • A quitclaim deed is a transfer deed that simply transfers all of the seller’s rights in the property to the buyer; it makes no promises whatsoever.
  • When a person is chosen by the court in a probate case to transfer property to an heir or another party, an administrator’s deed manifests. The official term of the deed changes to “executor’s deed” if a will is included to reflect the fact that an executor, not an administrator, completes the transfer.

If you’re in a disagreement over anything that happened on someone else’s property, especially something like a slip-and-fall or careless security, make sure you contact an experienced Personal Injury Attorney for legal help.


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