What Should You Say To The Police After A Car Accident In Georgia?
Across the nation, there are more than six million car accidents of some severity that are reported every single year. Car accidents are one of the most common reasons for unintentional injuries and death across all demographics. In 2020 according to the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of all the deaths reported that year, unintentional deaths accounted for more than 72%. Drug poisonings were the most common mechanism for these deaths at 33% but not that far behind was deaths from traffic incidents. Approximately 14.6% of all unintentional deaths in 2020 happened as a result of car accidents.
Residents of Georgia that are injured or lost a loved one in a car accident may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim for compensation for their losses. To learn more about your rights and legal options for securing maximum recovery after a car accident in Georgia, please reach out to the talented Fulton County personal injury attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers.
When to Speak to the Authorities After a Crash
In Georgia, car accident laws dictate that individuals involved in a crash must call the authorities after a crash that produces injuries, death, or property damages that are in excess of $500. Considering how pricey car repairs can be, it may not be that difficult to have a crash that at the very least produces costly damages requiring notification of law enforcement.
However, injuries to some extent happen with high frequency when a car accident takes place. So here too, if there is physical bodily harm the police should be called to the crash scene.
When the authorities arrive, they are going to take account of everything they see and likely talk to those involved. At the very least, the police are going to want to get the identification and insurance information from all parties involved. When the police ask you for your driver’s license or insurance card and your registration, you must comply and give it to them.
They may or may not ask you about what happened and who you think is at fault. Regardless, it is best to say as little as possible with respect to your views on who is to blame for a crash. Certainly, avoiding saying that you have any fault at all is the right course of action. This is because anything you say and any small admission can be used against you to harm your ability to recover financial compensation.
Speak to a Georgia Car Accident Attorney Today
When it comes to communications after a car accident in Georgia, the attorneys at Hawkins Spizman can manage these for you. To protect your ability for maximum recovery from your claim, please call the experienced and seasoned Georgia personal injury lawyers at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at 770-685-6400.
Hawkins Spizman Trial Attorneys represent individuals in Georgia including Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, and Sandy Springs.