Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
Every person involved in the accident, whether that person is a pedestrian, driver, or passenger will have a notation regarding whether they are male or female. This is another category of information that may not contribute directly to the accident, but it’s something that both the federal government and the State of Georgia track for recording purposes.
In one study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that studied crashes for a ten-year period, they reported that crash fatalities were higher for males across all age groups compared to females. Looking at age and sex for patterns may help the state develop safety plans across the state and the country. This type of information also affects insurance premiums over time as well.
Sex Codes on the Crash Report
There are just two choices listed for the sex of the Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report:
- M – Male
- F – Female
It is one of just a few categories that uses letters instead of numbers for the code. In most situations, using letters makes it easy to tell by a quick glance the sex of every individual involved in the accident.
Note that, although there is increasing awareness nationwide about transgender individuals, the Crash Report has not been updated to reflect this. It only allows an officer to enter one of the two traditional biological sexes. In cases where a transgender individual is involved in an accident, the officer will use their discretion in how to fill in this section — and that may or may not accurately reflect the person’s gender identity. While this can be upsetting, in most cases it will not affect your accident claim in any way.
Does Sex Affect My Car Accident Case
Not directly. However, while you may not be able to use male or female information in your car accident case, it can help officers identify who was involved in the crash in some situations — which is exactly why it’s included on the report.
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