What is an Accident Report?
All motorists in Georgia are urged to phone 911 to report a traffic collision. A policeman will arrive at the scene to conduct an investigation and compile an accident report. This report will be used by your insurance company (or the insurance company of the other driver) in support of your personal injury claim.
What Type of Information Can Be Found In an Accident Report?
Using a set of crash report codes, an officer will complete an accident report with all of the pertinent details from the collision. These facts comprise items such as:
- All parties engaged in the incident, including witnesses, drivers, passengers, and owners of any property, must provide their names, addresses, phone numbers, or other contact information.
- A list of all the objects or vehicles that were involved in the crash.
- Any relevant factors, such as the driving style of the driver and the road conditions.
- A basic account of how the collision happened, together with specifics like the location of the collision and the motion of each vehicle just prior to the collision.
Why Do Accident Reports Matter in a Court Case?
It’s possible that you’ve heard that police reports cannot be used as evidence in court. In general, this is accurate. Accident reports are not permitted to be presented before a judge or jury because they are considered “hearsay,” which means the officer wasn’t present when the collision occurred. Your accident report will still help your personal injury claim.
The police officer who investigated your vehicle accident would almost certainly base their testimony substantially on what they wrote in their report if asked to testify. Police struggle to keep track of the numerous auto accidents they examine. Instead, they use their police record as a memory aid. Most of the time, the police officer who wrote the report will essentially confirm it in their testimony.
This information is probably known to your attorney as well as the other driver’s insurance provider, and both parties will likely use the police report as a guide to what information a police officer summoned to testify will say. Police officers typically have a high level of credibility because they are not biased in favor of the automobile accident claim. In most cases, they have no motivation to write a police report that is inaccurate or inadequate; thus, their testimony, and consequently, their police report, will have a significant impact on your case.
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If you were involved in a motorvehicle collision that was not your fault, make sure you do not wait to contact an attorney for legal guidance.
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