Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
When someone becomes trapped in a vehicle because of a car accident, it may be necessary to use extrication equipment to remove someone from the car. This is most common in truck accidents, overturned vehicle accidents, and high-speed highway accidents where damage is severe — but it may occur in almost any kind of accident.
The most well-known type of extrication equipment is commonly referred to as the “jaws of life.” This equipment is used to pry apart cars so that emergency personnel can create enough space to free anyone trapped inside. These tools are often a combination of spreading, sheering, and ramming tools.
Because the use of these tools can affect the outcome of an accident, as well as the damage to the vehicle, the “Extrication Equipment Used” section is included on the Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report. This section uses a simple yes/no numeric code to state whether any such equipment was used.
Extrication Codes on the Georgia Crash Report
There are just two categories related to whether extrication equipment is used:
- 1 – Yes
- 2 – No
This type of information is helpful to determine whether local emergency response personnel are using this high-value equipment. But, it’s also useful for personal injury cases because it can illustrate just how serious the crash truly was. It’s far more likely that a car accident resulted in severe damages and injuries if the jaws of life or other equipment were used to free a trapped individual after a car accident.
Getting Help with Your Car Accident Case
Because using extrication tools implies that a car accident resulted in serious damages and injuries, having this information will help explain just how severe your collision was. John Foy & Associates can help you paint this picture for an insurance company, jury, or judge. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 404-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.