Impact of Your Georgia Uniform Motor Vehicle Accident Report on Your Auto Accident Claim


November 19, 2012

In a perfect world, the events that lead up to and cause a Georgia car accident would be obvious so that accident victims could be easily compensated for their injuries. Unfortunately, the precise events involved in an auto accident in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia are often difficult to ascertain.

Witnesses often perceive accidents to have occurred in completely different ways. While the police will prepare an accident report for any accident where someone is injured, this does not always solve the problem.

The officer’s accident report will be prepared using the Georgia Uniform Motor Vehicle Accident Report which can be very difficult to understand because it is full of code words and arcane symbols. These accident report forms are designed to present factual information about the accident in a standardized form, and many times are not that easily understood. The accident report prepared in your case may become part of the factual record so it is important to ensure that you understand the findings and conclusions of the report so that you can identify any inaccuracies. It is important to note that the officer's opinion as to fault are not necessarily determinative of liablity.

Although officers are generally well-trained and very conscientious, like everyone, they sometimes make mistakes. Additionally, officers rarely witness the accident themselves, so they are reporting their observations from after the accident and informaiton that is related to them by various parties. Any serious errors or omissions in the Georgia Uniform Motor Vehicle Accident Report should be corrected because the report can be an important part of any personal injury claim or lawsuit arising from your Georgia car accident. While it is essential to get any mistakes in the accident report corrected, it is not necessarily easy to accomplish this goal. Police officers can be extremely busy. They handle so many auto accidents that their memory regarding the details of a specific Atlanta car accident can fade so the officer does not remember your Georgia car accident. There is also a risk that the officer may confuse details of your accident with other Georgia car accidents that the officer has handled.

Insurance adjusters often put substantial weight in the accident report, so if the report is inaccurate it could result in the adjuster denying your claim or result in a significantly reduced settlement offer. Because Georgia accident reports are so difficult to understand because of all of the cryptic code and jargon, it is sometimes hard to determine if there are errors in the accident report. The experienced Georgia car accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates offer a free initial consultation so that we can review your police report and other evidence and assess your case. Our Atlanta-based car accident law firm has handled thousands of motor vehicle accident cases.

The dedicated and caring Atlanta attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been providing representation to those injured or killed in Atlanta car accidents for over 28 years. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout All of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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