What are the consequences of not reporting a Georgia car accident?

According to Georgia accident laws, it's important that you report an accident that you have been involved in because the consequences may be severe if you don't. Foremost after an Atlanta car accident, do not leave the scene, even if the collision is minor. Failing to stop and report the accident could lead to criminal charges even if the accident wasn't your fault.

After checking on everyone's safety, you should call the police. Even if you suffer no physical injuries, you may be too shaken up to think clearly. Understand that police officers are aware of this. When the officer arrives, give them the basic facts of the accident so they can prepare a report. Do not admit guilt, and do not guess if you don't know the answer to any questions the police ask.

Before you leave the accident scene, make sure you have identified the other driver, if you are physically capable, and gathered contact information from all witnesses.

Report an Accident to Insurance Representatives

Under Georgia accident laws, it's no longer required that a written report of an accident be made to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.  However, you should call your insurance company and inform them in writing of the car accident. Be sure to include the time, date and place of the accident as well as the names of the injured and any witnesses.

If you don't promptly notify your insurance company you could lose all coverage for the accident.  If you have suffered serious injuries, you should also find help with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer to discuss methods of recovering damages.

Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are the victim of a car accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand Georgia accident laws and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case – 404-842-7838.