There are requirements in Georgia regarding reporting a car accident. This is dependent on extent of injuries and death, and a certain amount of property damage. This can lead to a police report, which can be one of the most helpful types of evidence in an auto accident case. The information contained in it could help establish what caused the crash and which party is liable.
Obtaining a Copy of the Accident Report in Georgia
When Georgia State Patrol responds to a crash, the Open Records Unit or a local State Patrol Post can be contacted in order to obtain a copy of the report. Other reports may be obtained by contacting the Crash Reporting Unit at the Georgia Department of Transportation. A form must be completed that includes the reason for requesting a copy of the accident report.
People who are generally allowed to request a copy of the accident report include:
- persons involved/injured in it;
- parents of minor children who sustained injuries;
- witnesses; and
The request can be faxed or sent through the post office. In order to ensure everything is processed correctly and quickly, certain information must be included.
The following is what should be submitted when requesting a copy of the accident report:
- telephone/fax number;
- name of victims/subjects in the report;
- city or county where crash occurred;
- date of accident; and
- report number (if known).
Any records that cost less than $25 to copy will not require a fee. If greater, then the person is expected to cover the costs.
Keep in mind that whenever law enforcement has not been contacted after an accident, it is still possible to complete a form that is for personal use. The “Personal Report of Accident” form could also be filled out in addition to the police report, as it may end up being helpful later.
Talk to an attorney at the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz for help with your accident case, and be sure to request our Ultimate Guide to Accident Cases in Georgia – The Truth about Your Injury Case.