One day following your car accident, you find yourself on the phone with your insurance agent discussing arrangements for transportation because your car has been totaled. The first order of business will be determining fault and your agent needs verification of what happened. You being to “revisit” the scene, everything happened so fast, and all you can remember is waking up with someone knocking frantically on your window. The police report will properly notate this information, but how do you go about acquiring it?
The State of Georgia limits the rights of those able to request a traffic crash report and requires that a written statement accompany the request. This law is governed by the Open Records Act of 2012. Please click on the link below to ensure that you follow the proper procedure.
If the accident was investigated and reported by the Georgia State Patrol, contact your local subunit. Most law enforcement agencies have an Open Records Unit, contact this agency as well. Keep in mind that there may be a charge for the request, thus when contacting the agency be sure that you inquire as to any fees that may need to be submitted along with the request. The request must include the following:
- Your full name
- Your mailing address
- Your contact telephone number (and fax number if available)
- The names of the subjects or victims of the investigation or report
- The records being requested
- The Georgia county or city where the incident occurred
- The date of the investigation or incident associated with your request
- The crash report number or incident report number, if known
In the event that law enforcement officials were not called or the accident took place on private property, The Georgia Department of Driver Services encourages you to document a detailed account of the accident while it remains fresh on your mind. Click on the following link to access this document, Personal Report of Accident. It is not necessary that this document be submitted, it is merely for your personal use and documentation.
We are fully aware that being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. While it can cause a great disrupt with work, school, and even family, we want to extend our assistance in the legal area in any way possible. If you are in the Atlanta area, been involved in an accident and have found that handling the logistics has become so overwhelming contact The Angell Law Firm, where competent, personal injury attorneys can make matters better and guide you through the process of obtaining your traffic accident report.