Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
It goes without saying that pedestrians and bicyclists don’t move the way that motor vehicles do. As a result, the Georgia motor vehicle crash report has a separate section that only applies to non-motorists. This is known as the “non-motorist maneuver” section.
Although non-motorists would technically include those on bikes or other small “vehicles,” like scooters or skateboards, this code section is supposed to apply only to pedestrians—and shouldn’t be used if there were no pedestrians involved in your particular crash. But, it is a relatively common mistake for officers to include bicycles and other small vehicles this section anyway. In some circumstances, this type of error can affect your car accident case more than you might think. A good lawyer can help you.
Types of Non-Motorist Maneuvers Noted on the Crash Report
Non-motorists only include pedestrians. But, that description can be limited even further. For example, if someone is injured while getting in or out of a vehicle, including a car, truck, or bus, that person is considered a “passenger.” These individuals have a separate code, such as entering/exiting a bus or parked or standing vehicle.
Non-motorist maneuvers include:
- Crossing the street. This is perhaps the most common designation, but the motor vehicle crash report further divides this classification to cover whether the pedestrian was at a crosswalk or not.
- Moving with or against traffic on the roadway. When a pedestrian is walking on the road, but not crossing the street, that will be noted with a separate code. The code will also indicate whether that person was walking with or against traffic, which in many cases, will tell you what side of the road the pedestrian was on.
- Pushing or working on a vehicle. Unfortunately, some pedestrians are struck while they’re trying to repair or move their stalled car. This code covers those types of situations.
- Other working in the roadway. This classification is generally used for construction zones and covers employees who are harmed while working on the road, but not always. Sometimes those working on nearby buildings or land may need to be in the street to complete their job.
- Playing in the roadway. This code is often used for children who are harmed while playing in the road, whether their entire play was in the street or if they ran out into traffic.
- Standing in the roadway. Standing in the road is never a good idea as a pedestrian, even if you’re in a crosswalk.
- Off the roadway. If the pedestrian was not in the road, but perhaps on a sidewalk or in a parking lot, this code may be used.
- Darting into traffic. Accidents often occur because pedestrians run into traffic when they shouldn’t. In many situations, if a pedestrian suddenly appears in the road, an accident may not be avoidable.
Using Non-Motorist Maneuver in Your Car Accident Case
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