To get a police report for a car accident in Georgia, simply submit your request through the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) website. It will then allow you to purchase your report through the “Buycrash” system or by submitting an individual crash report request via the GDOT Request Form.
This report can be useful evidence in your claim or lawsuit if you were injured and are now seeking compensation for your losses.
What Happens When You Request Your Report
According to OCGA §50-18-72(a)(5), you are entitled to a copy of your crash report if you were the driver or owner of an involved vehicle or if you were injured in the accident. In that case, even if you were injured as a passenger, you can still submit a crash report request.
A copy of the report costs $5, and a certified copy costs $7. Payments are to be made by money order or cashier’s check. Once you submit this form and payment, you will be sent your report via mail or e-mail.
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Purchasing Your Report Through the Buycrash System
You can also easily access your report online through the Buycrash system. There, input the state and jurisdiction where the crash occurred. For example, if your crash happened in Atlanta, input “Georgia,” and “Atlanta Police Department.”
Then, input one of the following: Your last name and the date of the accident, your last name and the street where the accident occurred, or your report number. Once you have located your report, you can purchase it through the website.
If you have difficulties with the Buycrash system, you can contact their customer support services.
Why You Should Get Your Crash Report
When the police respond to a car accident, they are required to file a report of what they observed on the scene.
They can collect witness statements as well as the information of the parties involved. All of this documentation can be useful to you because it is an official record of what happened, how it happened, and why it happened.
Crash Reports Shed Light on How the Crash Happened
Additionally, the police report may help clarify how the crash happened and led to your injuries. There are many contributing factors that can cause an accident, but oftentimes the root of the problem lies in the other driver’s negligence.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), here are some of the more common forms of negligence driving that can cause a car accident:
- Drunk and drug-impaired driving
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
These risky driving behaviors can make it difficult for drivers to see and respond to situations arising on the road, causing otherwise preventable accidents. At our firm, we will use evidence like your crash report to find out if and how negligence contributed to your accident. Then, we will fight to hold the negligent party accountable for the harm they have caused.
Other Types of Evidence You Can Use
Other evidence to bolster your case can include:
- Witness statements
- Medical records
- Video surveillance footage
- Photographs of the crash site, the vehicles, and your injuries
- Your daily journal documenting your pain levels and daily activities
Once we take on your case, our investigators will seek out this evidence so that we can build the strongest possible case for compensation on your behalf.
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How a Personal Injury Attorney at Our Firm Will Fight for Your Rights
After your lawyer proves that the other party was negligent, they will assess your damages and price them accordingly so you can claim them in your accident case.
You May Recover Economic Damages
You can recover economic damages for your past and future losses, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Vehicle repair costs
- Transportation costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
These damages are tangible and come with a set amount, so we can use car repair receipts, medical expenses, and pay stubs to calculate how much compensation you can request.
You May Recover Non-Economic Damages
You can also recover non-economic damages for your mental, physical, and emotional losses due to your accident and injuries. Examples of these damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
After reviewing your case and how the accident affected you at every angle, we might find that you are entitled to receive other forms of compensation that are not listed here.
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