Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
On the crash report, the officer investigating your car accident will note what direction each vehicle was traveling just before the collision. As you might expect, there are four choices for direction of travel: North, South, East, and West. The direction will indicate where the vehicle was going just before it lost control or before turning into an intersection. This information is important because it spells out exactly how the accident occurred. It would be difficult to understand the incident in your car accident case without this type of information.
Types of Accidents and Direction of Travel
Many of the same kinds of car accidents occur over and over again. The direction of travel is essential to describe these common accidents. Consider how the direction of travel plays a role in the following collisions.
- Rear-end collision. A rear-end crash occurs when two vehicles that are going the same direction collide. One hits the back end of the other. While most of these accidents occur while one car is stopped, that is not always the case. In this type of situation, the direction of travel will be the same for both vehicles. Rear end accidents are one of the most common types of collisions in the United States.
- T-bone or cross-traffic accidents. These collisions involve one car hitting the side of another, often while going through an intersection. These collisions are usually the result of ignoring a traffic device or stop sign, but not always. T bone accidents also occur because someone turned in front of another driver. Distraction may play a role in these types of accidents. The direction of travel in this accident will be the way that the vehicle was facing before it tried to turn. Usually, one driver is going North or South, and the other driver is traveling East or West.
- Merging accident. Inattentive drivers may merge into others in another lane. In these accidents, a driver may be turned around after the crash, but the direction of travel for both cars is often the same. Note that the direction of travel in this situation is particularly important because you may not be able to tell the car’s route by looking at the crash scene.
- Low-speed accidents. It is still important to know the direction of travel in low-speed collisions, such as those that occur in parking lots. This information will be helpful to determine fault in your car accident case.
The direction of travel information is also especially important when vehicles cross lanes of traffic in serious accidents. It may not seem like the car would have traveled that far, and it may have ended up facing an entirely different direction. However, the direction of travel will tell you just how serious the accident may have been in some circumstances.
Using Direction of Travel in Your Car Accident Case
Understanding the direction of travel for your accident will be important information to describe precisely what happened to an insurance company, judge, or jury. John Foy & Associates can help you use this information to your full advantage. Fill out the form to your right or call us at (404)-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.