Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
Wearing proper safety gear can significantly cut down on the injuries that drivers and passengers experience after a crash. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regularly reports that simply wearing your seat belt saves more than 15,000 lives every year in the United States. A simple click can mean the difference between life and death in many situations.
Other safety equipment can be very helpful as well. From a legal perspective, you can actually be considered partially at fault for your injuries if you aren’t wearing proper safety gear at the time of the accident. As such, this code is considered a “CRITICAL” data point on the Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Safety Equipment Codes Listed on the Crash Report
The safety equipment category has to address equipment for all types of vehicles, including motorcycles. It also must address a variety of unique safety equipment specifically designed for child passengers as well. As such, there are quite a few variations of safety equipment that may be present in any given crash. You will also often see more than one code listed here as well.
Potential safety equipment includes:
- 0 – None Used
- 1 – Shoulder Belt Only Used
- 2 – Lap Belt Only Used
- 3 – Lap and Shoulder Belt Used
- 4 – Child Restraint System (Properly Used)
- 5 – Child Restraint System (Improperly Used)
- 6 – Motorcycle Helmet
- 7 – Bicycle Helmet
- 8 – Unknown
- 9 – Booster Seat (Properly Used)
- 10 – Booster Seat (Improperly Used)
- 11 – Non-Motorist Lighting
- 12 – Reflective Clothing/Backpack/Equipment
Child restraint systems are very important to keep children safe while in vehicles. But, unfortunately, a staggering 59 percent of car seats aren’t used correctly. Parents also sometimes transition from a car seat to a standard seat belt too early—often when kids should be using a booster seat so that regular seat belts fit them properly.
Like seat belts, if a child isn’t in their car seat or booster seat correctly, that can actually decrease the amount of money damages that you can receive in your legal case in some circumstances. It’s crucial for your child that you review the safety instructions and the height and weight restrictions of children’s safety equipment.
A couple of these classes of equipment also specifically apply to pedestrians and bicyclists. Lighting and reflective clothing can significantly increase your visibility as someone outside of a vehicle, especially when visibility is not good (such as at dusk, dawn, during foggy or rainy weather, and in the evening).
Getting Help with Your Car Accident Case
John Foy & Associates can help you and your family get back on your feet if you have been involved in a car accident or motorcycle crash. Keep in mind that you can still have legal options even if you didn’t wear or use all of the safety equipment that you should have before the crash occurred—and John Foy & Associates can help with that process. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 404-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.