If you are involved in an accident or collision in Georgia, you must be prepared to act responsibly and in accordance with State law. Following are some general guidelines and more specific requirements to follow in case of an accident. For further information it is also advisable to go through the information given in the Driver Manual.
FIRST AND FOREMOST
As a responsible driver, you must never leave the scene of an accident. After stopping your vehicle, you should pull up as close to the accident as safely possible, without obstructing traffic. Take a moment to assess the situation, and do not panic. Be aware of the traffic situation, and any other potential dangers, such as fire. You are also advised to activate your hazard lights or use any other suitable methods to warn other approaching vehicles.
You should do your best to provide immediate assistance to other motorists, passengers or pedestrians that may have been injured in the accident. Take extra care when attempting to move an injured person; if possible, wait for an ambulance to arrive. Notify 911 to report any injuries and call for medical assistance. Georgia has a ‘Good Samaritan’ law that protects any person rendering aid from any civil claims arising as a result of any omissions while providing emergency care.
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to stay calm. If possible, ensure that you are out of danger and not blocking any oncoming traffic. Call or wait for help, and do not attempt to move if you are unable to do so. See Auto Accident Injuries for more information.
If you are involved in an accident in Georgia, you are required to provide certain information to the other parties involved. Likewise, fellow motorists, passengers or pedestrians involved in the accident must share similar information with you. Also, it is often wise to ask for the information of witnesses to the accident just in case you need to have them testify at a later date. The key information to exchange in the aftermath of an accident includes:
- Name, address and contact details.
- Driver license number.
- License plate number of the vehicles involved.
- Auto insurance information for the motorists involved.
It may also be useful to take photographs at the scene of the accident.
If you hit an unattended vehicle, you must make an effort to find the owner or driver, and follow these same procedures. If you are unable to locate the owner of an unattended vehicle, you are required to leave a note indicating your name and contact information, and a brief description of the accident.
REPORTING AN ACCIDENT TO GEORGIA LAW ENFORCEMENT
- You are required to inform the nearest Law Enforcement Agency of the accident under the following circumstances:
- If anyone is injured or killed as a result of the accident.
- If damage to property exceeds $500.
- It is also a good idea to fill up a Personal Report of Accident form, especially if no report is being submitted by law enforcement agencies. The form is for your own personal use and may prove valuable evidence if you have to go to court as a result of the accident.
- Collisions with deer cause thousands of accidents in Georgia every year. For information on the common habits of deer and how to avoid collisions with them please go through the Driver Manual.
- Notify your auto insurance company if you are involved in an accident.
- See also Auto Accident Injuries.
- In the event that you are injured in an auto accident, consider contacting a personal injury attorney. Retain copies of any medical expenses incurred as a result of an accident.
- See also Driving Record and Driving School.