Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
Surface conditions of a road can be a significant factor in the reason that an accident occurs. This category of the crash report is focused on how certain weather conditions affect the road, rather than issues with maintenance or upkeep on the street. But, weather and maintenance issues can combine to create hazardous conditions under the right circumstances. For example, if a large pothole collects water, making it hard to tell how deep it is or that it dips at all, that type of condition can lead to accidents, especially if you are on a smaller vehicle like a motorcycle.
Surface Condition Codes Listed on the Crash Report
The Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report includes several general categories of surface conditions, including:
- 1 – Dry
- 2 – Wet
- 3 – Snow
- 4 – Ice/Frost
- 5 – Other
- 6 – Mud
- 7 – Sand
- 8 – Slush
- 9 – Oil
- 10 – Water (Standing or Moving)
Not all surface conditions are related to weather, but most are. Oil and sand, for example, are often the result of spills from other vehicles or from errors made by nearby construction projects. Nonetheless, these conditions can make it hard to control your car, which may cause a collision.
Using Surface Conditions in Your Car Accident Case
Sometimes surface conditions will indicate why an accident occurred. And, the driver at fault may try to blame the crash on the surface conditions instead of their error controlling their car. But, John Foy & Associates can help you combat this type of defense. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 404-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.