Regardless if you are involved in a single or multiple-vehicle crash, reporting your accident can be stressful. In Georgia, the law on reporting accidents to the police varies by the city and county ordinance. However, it is your legal duty to call 911 and report if the accident resulted in injury, death, or property damages totaling more than $500. Some insurance companies may also require a police report to have been filed prior to submitting your claim.
Reporting an Accident
Considering this, it's crucial to know how and when to file a report if the situation arises. There are two primary methods of requesting/filing a report: at the scene with police or using an online service.
Most accidents require that you remain on the scene until an officer arrives, especially if multiple vehicles are involved or if the circumstances include what was discussed above. In this instance, the best way to submit a report would be to call 911 and give your information to the officer who comes to the scene. This officer will likely submit the report on your behalf to the appropriate agency.
If it's a single-vehicle accident or there are minimal damages that went unnoticed on-scene, one of the easiest ways to request a report is through a Georgia Department of Transportation (GDoT) approved method, BuyCrash.com. This service is available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and requires standard information to be submitted, similar to what would be asked by an officer. You can also submit a written request for a report by downloading this form and mailing it and the appropriate fees to the GDoT office.
Consequences of Not Reporting
Should you choose to forgo filing a report after an accident, there may be some severe consequences—especially if injury, death, or significant damages occurred. The first is that you may be charged with failure to report or a hit and run. These charges can result in:
- License suspension
- Possible jail time depending on the severity of the accident
If you are concerned about not reporting an accident or have sustained an injury from a hit and run, contact our Georgia attorneys.
Berelc Law Firm is committed to helping those injured by someone else's negligence and will work with you to receive maximum compensation. Call (706) 914-1915 or visit our website to schedule a consultation.