What to Do After a Car Wreck
Car wrecks can range from fender benders to serious incidents involving injuries and fatalities. Under Georgia law, there are a few things you need to do if you are involved in a car wreck:
- Stop your vehicle and pull over in a safe area. If you are on the highway, pull over on the right side shoulder as far as you can.
- Help anyone who is injured, if you are able to do so
- Turn on your hazard lights
- Exchange information with the other driver or drivers. This includes your name, address, drivers license number, phone number and insurance information.
When to Call the Police
You may be surprised to learn that you do not have to call the police after every single car wreck. You are only required to alert law enforcement if:
- There has been an injury or death
- Damage to one or both vehicles appears to be $500 or greater
If you do not contact the police, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles website to download a Personal Report of Accident. This is not a legal document, nor is it intended to be sent to a government agency; rather, it is intended to serve as a detailed record of the wreck in case you need it to protect yourself if your case goes to court.