If I'm involved in a Georgia car accident, am I required to call the police?

If you've been involved in a car accident in Georgia, you may be required to notify police, depending on the severity of the accident. 

According to the Georgia Department of Driver Services, if you're physically able, you must notify authorities in order to get a police accident report if your crash involved any of the following: 
  • personal injury;
  • death; and/or
  • property damage that exceeds $500. 

Even when a car accident in Georgia seems minor, such as in the case of a rear-end crash at slow speeds, it's still a good idea to call the police. This is because many times, injuries from a car accident in Georgia, such as whiplash, may not be immediately evident. In addition, it's hard to assign a dollar amount to vehicle damage without getting an official estimate, so it's better to have a report.

Whenever injury occurs, whether it's something you can visibly see, such as a broken leg or collar bone, or something that may develop over the period of days or weeks, such as nerve damage, you may want the option of filing a Georgia personal injury claim. A Georgia personal injury claim can be invaluable after an accident, as it allows you to seek compensation to cover the medical costs, lost wages and emotional suffering that resulted from your injuries.

Aside from the fact that you must call authorities whenever someone has been injured after a car accident in Georgia, getting a police accident report may serve to strengthen your Georgia personal injury claim and prevent insurance adjusters from blaming you for the car accident in Georgia. 

If you've just recently been injured after an accident, contact an Atlanta car accident attorney as soon as possible. Let your attorney know about your police accident report, so it can be used to bolster your claim.

Contacting an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights 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.