If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Georgia, the accident report could include important information that can help with your claim for just compensation. There are a number of possible ways to obtain an accident report in Georgia, and you should be able to get a copy of your accident report within a few days of the collision.
4 Options for Getting an Accident Report in Georgia
Here are the four primary options for getting an accident report after a vehicle collision in Georgia:
1. Contact the Police Department that Worked the Accident
If you know which police department worked your accident, you can contact the department to obtain a copy of the accident report. You may be required to fill out a form and bring it to the local office (the Atlanta Police Department, Fulton County Police Department, and many other local departments make this form available online). If you don’t know which police department worked the accident, you can call the local police department and the Georgia State Patrol office in your area, and each should be able to tell you whether it has an accident report on file.
2. Submit a Request to the Georgia DPS or DOT
If you are not able to obtain your accident report from the police, then it may be available from the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) or the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT). Both the Georgia DPS and DOT have procedures for submitting an open records request—and they also have forms available online.
3. Request a Copy of Your Report Through BuyCrash.com
Another option is to request a copy of your accident report through BuyCrash.com. The Georgia DOT has contracted with BuyCrash.com to make accident reports available online. While there is a cost for using the site, requesting a copy of your accident report online can be quicker and easier than visiting the local police department or submitting an open records request to the Georgia DPS or DOT.
4. Contact a Local Accident Lawyer for Help
Rather than trying to track down your accident report on your own, you can also contact a local accident lawyer for help. A local accident lawyer will be familiar with the procedures for obtaining accident reports in person, by mail, and online—and will be able to obtain a copy of your accident report on your behalf.
Regardless of which option you choose, it will be important to obtain a copy of your accident report as soon as possible. You will want to get started with your claim right away, as any unnecessary delays could make it more difficult to recover just compensation.
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If you’ve been injured in a vehicle collision in Georgia and would like help obtaining a copy of your accident report, we encourage you to contact us promptly. Call 770-343-7101 or contact us online now for a free, no-obligation consultation. We have an office in Alpharetta and Cumming for your convenience.