Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
The Air Bag Function section of the Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report indicates whether an airbag was present, whether it deployed, and how. It uses a set of numeric codes explained below.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 45,000 lives have been saved between 1987 and 2015 because of frontal air bags. Today, they save thousands of lives every year. But, air bags are meant to be supplemental protection in a car accident. They work best when they are used in combination with seat belts.
Air bags are designed to deploy in “moderate to severe crashes,” but they can deploy in minor crashes as well. Nonetheless, many people assume that a collision is more severe if the air bag deploys because of it. Generally, an air bag will be activated if you experience an impact that’s the same as hitting a fixed object between 8 to 14 mph. This is approximately the same force as hitting a parked car at roughly 16 to 28 mph.
Codes for “Air Bag Function” on the Georgia Crash Report
There are several options regarding air bags on the Georgia Crash Report. Each passenger in the vehicle should have a notation for an air bag, regardless of whether there is an air bag available in that particular seat.
In some cars, there are both side and front air bags. If both deploy, then both should be marked on the crash report (like as Deployed Multiple Directions). The following general categories are available:
- 0 – No Air Bag In This Seat
- 1 – Deployed Air Bag
- 2 – Non-Deployed Air Bag
- 3 – Deployed Side
- 4 – Deployed Other Directions
- 5 – Deployed Multiple Directions
- 6 – Non-Deployed Front
- 7 – Non-Deployed Side
- 8 – Non-Deployed Other Directions
- 9 – Non-Deployed Multiple Directions
- 10 – Deployed Curtain
The “Curtain” category was added in 2018.
A curtain is a side air bag that deploys from the top of the rails above the side window. It provides protection between the passenger and the window. It will protect a passenger’s head and helps with window stay in place if the car rolls over.
Many people make the mistake of assuming that if an air bag deploys, then a car is likely totaled. But, that isn’t necessarily true. A vehicle will be considered “totaled” if the cost of repairing it is more than the cost of replacing it. Insurance companies will often also total out a car if the cost of repair is a certain percentage of the replacement cost. Because air bags deploy in more severe crashes, there is a higher likelihood that you will have a totaled car, but it’s not automatic. You can replace an air bag so that it is usable again in the future.
Getting Help with Your Car Accident Case
Sometimes a notation that an air bag went off can help you explain how serious the damages and injuries you suffered after a car accident are to a judge, jury, or insurance company. John Foy & Associates can help you use this information to your advantage to get the money damages you deserve after a crash. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 404-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.