When officers in Georgia fill out a crash report, in most cases they must complete the “Traffic Way Flow” section. Traffic Way Flow simply refers to which direction(s) traffic was moving in the street where the accident occurred.
This information is surprisingly important to your accident claim. A good car accident lawyer can use traffic way flow as a factor in determining which party was negligent and at-fault. This is especially true in the vehicles collided in a way that is unusual for how traffic was moving — which may indicate that one driver was out of their lane, headed in the wrong direction, or turning or passing illegally. Insurance companies make the same calculation, but they may not bring it up if it would make their insured look more negligent. This is why it’s so important to have a lawyer fighting to get you everything you deserve.
Understanding the Traffic Way Flow Code on the Crash Report
There are only five options that officers can use for Traffic Way Flow, but they won’t usually write them in — in most cases, they will simply write in a number.
Here is what the numbers mean in the Traffic Way Flow section:
- Two-way Traffic-way (With No Physical Separation). This is a normal two-way road with only a painted yellow line separating the two directions of traffic. If both directions are on the same paved road with nothing between them, officers choose this option.
- Two-way Traffic-way (With a Physical Separation). This means that there is something more than a lane marker separating the two direction of traffic, but no actual wall or barrier preventing cars from crossing over.
- Two-way Traffic-way (With a Physical Barrier). If there is an actual barrier, such as a wall, that physically prevents vehicles from crossing into oncoming traffic, officers choose this option.
- One-way Traffic-way. Applies to all true one-way roads.
- Continuous Turning Lane. Have you ever been on a street or highway that has a dedicated lane for left turns? This can be an ongoing lane, where anyone can turn left at any time, or a break in a median where a left turn lane branches off from the main road. These are known as “continuous turning lanes” in the crash report.
Continuous turning lanes are specifically broken out from other traffic situations for a reason: left turn accidents are very common, and tend to have very specific causes (almost always negligence on one driver’s behalf) compared to other accidents.
Using Traffic Way Flow in Your Car Accident Case
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