Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
“Non-Collision Event” describes situations where a vehicle crashed without hitting something, or where the most serious damage or injuries were not caused directly by the impact itself—such as a car catching on fire after the collision.
Many Georgia crash reports will contain a code for some kind of “non-collision event.” These events relate to damage or emergencies that involve something other than hitting a vehicle or object.
Your crash report may contain a non-collision event even if there was a collision. This is because even collisions may have damage or causes not associated with the moment of impact. When a car hits another vehicle, for example, or a tree, it may run off the road and go into a body of water. If so, the immersion in water may be more dangerous than the initial impact itself.
Non-collision events may show up in several different places:
- The “First Harmful Event.” This means the accident was initially caused by something other than a collision.
Example: If the code for fire appears in this section, it means a fire broke out in the vehicle while driving, and that’s what caused the vehicle to run off the road.
- The “Most Harmful Event” for either vehicle. This means that worst injuries or damage were done by something other than a collision, even if there was a collision as well.
Example: If the code for fire appears in this section, it means a fire broke out after the crash, and the fire did more damage than the crash itself.
What do the number codes for Non Collision Events mean?
The actual “event” is usually given as a number. For non-collision events, there are only five of them:
- Overturn (vehicle flipped or turned over)
- Immersion (vehicle entered water)
- Jackknife (a truck or a vehicle towing a trailer “jackknifed”)
- Other Non-Collision (if the officer chooses this, they are required to write in an explanation)
Not every crash report will include a non-collision event; it depends on how the accident happened. You can find out for sure by getting a copy of your police report after the accident.
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