Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
“Alcohol And/Or Drug Test Given” is a field on a Georgia Accident Report which states whether the driver was required to take any kind of test to detect alcohol or drugs in their system.
A police officer can give a driver an alcohol and/or drug test at the scene of a car accident. But, this type of test is not standard protocol after every crash. Instead, an officer will only give this test if they suspect that the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
An alcohol or drug test is also required in certain situations, such as when the crash involves someone who was driving for an employer at the time of the accident. In fact, federal laws that affect trucking companies require that commercial driver license holders be tested for drugs and alcohol after every collision.
The Accident Report the police use to report the incident includes a section that indicates whether a drug or alcohol test was given. Having that type of information can be very helpful in your personal injury case after a car accident.
What information about alcohol tests are included on an Accident Report?
All Accident Reports in Georgia include a question about whether alcohol and drug testing was given after a crash. The officer is required to fill out all of this data for every Accident Report. There are three responses possible to this question:
Even if a test is refused, that can be helpful information for your drunk driving accident case. When a request for a drug or alcohol test is denied, that can signal that the driver who should have been tested would have had a positive result, but not always.
The Accident Report will also include information about what type of test was conducted, if any.
Why is drug testing important after a car accident?
If you saw another driver act erratically just before the accident or it seemed like the other driver might be on drugs or drunk, you need to report their actions to the officer. Sometimes a police officer will not ask for a drug or alcohol test if they don’t see any signs that a driver was drunk. If you provide that information, the officer is more likely to ask the other driver for that type of testing.
Keep in mind that the police may not be able to automatically test a driver for drugs or alcohol. While you can’t insist that the officer make the other driver take a test, you can give the officer enough information to provide them with probable cause to administer a test. Because driving while intoxicated is illegal, the police will have a keen interest in getting this type of information.
It will be much harder to show that a driver was drunk or on drugs at the time of the accident for your personal injury case if the other driver isn’t tested.
Using Drug Test Information in Your Car Accident Case
Drug and alcohol testing information found on a police report can be very helpful in your car accident case. John Foy & Associates can help you obtain and use this information to your advantage in your car accident lawsuit against a drunk or intoxicated driver. We offer a free consultation to discuss car accident claims. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 404-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.