How Do I Get a Police Report for a Car Accident in Georgia?
Regardless of how careful you drive, a car accident can happen. You may be following traffic laws then an errant driver comes along and smashes your car. Even if nobody’s hurt or the damage to your car is minor, it is always important that you report the incident to the police.
Call 911!Of course, the first thing to do following a car accident is to seek medical attention if you’re hurt – you might not be at your best to know what you’re doing.
But if you’re lucky enough to get out of a car accident unscathed, call 911 immediately!
Georgia police are required to come to the location of the incident if property damage worth or exceeding $500 is involved or if someone is injured or killed. They may also come simply because either driver requested them to show up.
Complete the Personal Report or Accident FormWhen the police arrive at your location, they will ask you, as well as other involved parties questions about what happened. They will record the details in the Personal Report of Accident form.
Make sure you provide accurate information about the details of the incident. While what you say can’t be used against you in court, it may affect the outcome of your insurance claim.
If the police can’t come to your location because of one reason or another, it is important that you gather as much information as possible at the accident scene.
Write down details of the accident and, if possible, take pictures of the damages to your vehicle. If you have witnesses, ask them to share their contact details so you can get in touch with them in case the police need to get witness versions of the accident.
Visit the nearest police station to file your report and give the police the information you gathered.
Get Your Georgia Accident ReportOnce you’re done filing your report with the police, you may need to get a copy of the report to use it for filing an insurance claim. Insurance companies tend to trust documents prepared by the police, as the police are considered to be an unbiased third party.
There are various ways to get your police report. You can:
- Go to the police station or your local DMV office in person and pick up the report,
- Order it online from the Buycrash.com website, or
- Ask your car accident attorney handle the paperwork on your behalf.