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Accident Report Georgia

What is an accident report, Georgia? In most cases, any insurance claim will rely on Georgia’s accident report to assign blame and determine compensation and responsibility. There may also be serious legal ramifications. An accident report can often be challenging to understand. However, an experienced Sandy Springs car accident attorney can explain it all to you.

What’s Included in a Georgia Accident Report?

Every police report related to an accident will include the basic facts. These are things that should not be in any real dispute, like:

  • Location, date, and time of the incident
  • A basic description or overview of what happened
  • Information about everyone involved (names, addresses, license numbers, etc…)
  • Names and addresses of the owners of the vehicles involved
  • License plate numbers of all involved vehicles
  • Insurance companies, policy numbers, and policyholders’ contact information.

Many motor vehicle accident reports can seem confusing. The reason for this is because they were not written for you. Instead, they are written by police officers and meant to be used by other law enforcement professionals and insurance companies. A lot of code is used normally so that it almost feels like reading another language.

The best way to understand this report is to obtain the ‘key.’ This is just an explanation of the specific code being used. Unfortunately, this code and key will be different for every state. In other words, if your accident happened in North Carolina, the report will probably look quite different from your brother’s in Georgia.

Contributing Circumstances In GA Accident Reports

Once you have obtained the key and your accident report itself (this may involve a trip to the police station), the best place to start is the factual information. Next, focus on the contributing circumstances. This is where the officer will list anything like alcohol, drugs, or even texting while driving. These contributing factors should help determine who was at fault in your accident and will likely be used by the insurance company when conducting their investigation and determination.

Another important reason to focus on this section is to ensure factual accuracy. If the officer has made any mistake, catching this early in the process is essential. At this point, we often see victims ask, “I’ve been in a car accident. Should I get a lawyer?”

We occasionally see a passenger who is left inadvertently off of the police report. If you can convince the officer of what really happened, they may be able to fix it.

Consult a Sandy Springs Auto Accident Attorney:

The best way to understand your accident report is to consult an experienced auto accident attorney. They can quickly and easily decipher all that code and explain exactly what it all means in simple plain English. Ashenden Law is just such a firm, with several highly experienced legal professionals. Give them a call today for your free consultation.