Filing a Georgia Auto Accident Claim
What to Do After a Car Accident
According to the Georgia Driver’s Manual, you must do the following after being involved in a car accident:
- Stop and pull over in a safe area.
- If anyone suffered an injury, is killed, or experiences property damage greater than $500, contact the police immediately to report the accident.
- Help those who are injured, if possible.
- Activate your car’s hazard lights to alert approaching vehicles
- Provide and gather contact information from all parties involved
You must remain at the accident scene until all of the above obligations are completed.
The Required Information
Since most of us do not have the accident form in hand in the event of an accident, ensure you gather as much information as possible while you’re at the scene.
You must exchange the following information with all parties involved in the crash:
- Telephone numbers
- Driver license numbers
- License plate numbers
- Insurance information
- Vehicle descriptions
Be sure to document the road and weather conditions at the time the accident occurred.
Record the Accident Scene
Use your cellphone camera to take photographs of the vehicles involved in the collision (exterior and interior), the damages, any injuries, skid marks and debris on the road, and the entire scene of the accident. Do not forget to collect the names and contact information of any witnesses. Record anything that might explain how or why the crash happened.
File a Claim
When it comes to car accident claims, Georgia is an “at fault” state. This means that you need to be less than 51 percent liable than the other party in order to recover monetary damages for car crash injuries and property damage. However, your compensation will be reduced according to your percentage of shared fault.
Our Savannah Auto Accident Lawyer is Ready to Help
Whether you suffered serious injuries as a result of a devastating accident or you were struck by an uninsured motorist, Brooks Law Office can protect your rights and best interests through this complex process. We possess a comprehensive understanding of the legal system to guide you through the intricacies of the claims process. Our legal team can ensure that you get the maximum settlement possible.
For more information, contact our Savannah car accident attorney and request a free consultation today.