1,504 people died in traffic accidents on Georgia’s roads in 2018. According to the data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this was a 2.3% improvement from the year before.
However, there are many more accidents each year on Georgia’s roads. While not fatal, they cause injury, distress and damages. Here are five things to do if you have been in a non-fatal car accident in Georgia:
- Call the police: You need to do this straight away if someone is injured, or if there is more than $500 worth of damage to property.
- Exchange insurance and contact details: Not only is this required by law, but it is key to any claim you wish to make.
- Stay at the scene: If the police come, they will tell you when you can leave. Otherwise, you can go after exchanging details with the other driver.
- Make sure you are alright to continue driving: You may be uninjured, and your car may be driveable, but that does not mean it is safe for you to drive. Shock can make it dangerous to continue driving, and you may be better parking up and taking alternative transport, or calling someone else to come and get you.
- Call your insurance company: You need to call your insurance company straight away and give them the details to register your claim.
If someone was injured in the crash, or there was damage done, an insurance company may try to avoid paying the full amount. Consult a Georgia attorney to protect your legal rights.