If you have recently been involved in a car accident, you may be wondering what you need to do next. One of the first steps is obtaining a copy of your Georgia State Patrol accident report.
The Georgia personal injury lawyers at Weatherby Law Firm, P.C. have extensive experience handling auto accident cases. We regularly help folks obtain a copy of their police report and address any claim that’s related.
Why an Accident Report in Georgia Is Important
After most car accidents in Georgia, a police report or GA state patrol accident report is filed. The officer usually prepares a formal report after they respond to the scene of a collision.
This report will contain important information about the wreck, including:
- Descriptions of the scene;
- Information about the parties involved;
- Witness information including potential witness statements; and
- Police observations.
Thus, the official accident report will likely be very important to any investigation into the car or truck accident.
How to Get a Copy of Your Georgia Highway or State Patrol Accident Report
The accident report contains important information that can strengthen your claim for compensation.
Thus, it is important that you obtain a copy of the police accident report at the earliest opportunity. Once the police or GA State Patrol file the report, there are a few ways to get a copy.
Get Your Report In-Person from the Georgia Police Department
If you want to obtain the accident report directly from the department, it is best to call the police department, sheriff’s station, or Georgia Highway Patrol post that handled your accident.
Each department handles report requests differently. The receptionist at the location will be able to provide guidance on how this branch operates.
In general, to obtain the accident report, there is a written form that is filled out and turned in along with a small fee.
Find Your Georgia State Patrol Accident Report Online
Most of the time, an official accident report is available online for Georgia auto accidents. To get a copy of the accident report online, visit the website buycrash.com.
Some jurisdictions in Georgia do not use Buycrash, and you will need to obtain a report from the police department directly.
At Buycrash, you can search for your accident and purchase copies of the report after providing certain information.
In general, this information includes:
- The name of the involved party,
- Date of the accident, and
- (if known) the vehicle identification number (VIN) or accident report number.
Please note, however, that this is a privately owned website that is not controlled by the local law enforcement branch.
In our experience, the information on Buycrash may not be complete.
While it is an easy way to obtain your collision report, it may not be the best way.
Ask Your Car Accident Lawyer to Get it for You
A Georgia lawyer that specializes in auto accidents or personal injury is authorized by Georgia law to obtain a copy of the police report for their client. At our firm, we regularly work with local law enforcement officers to ensure that we have all the relevant information related to a truck wreck or car wreck for our clients.
We have extensive experience. We have recovered millions of dollars for genuinely injured folks, and we have defended reputable companies. Contact us online or call our firm at (404) 793-0026 today to discuss your case and see how we can help.