Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
The Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report requires officers to note what kind of vehicle(s) were involved in the accident. This is known as “Vehicle Type” and has its own section on the form. This is just one of many details that can be important for your car car accident case, especially if there is a question about whether someone stopped in time or was speeding (a large vehicle, for example, will need a greater distance to brake than a smaller vehicle).
“Vehicle Types” Listed on the Crash Report
Vehicle Type tends to be one of the more straightforward sections of the crash report, and easier to understand than other sections, because most people are already familiar with different types of vehicles. For example, we can all understand that a bicycle accident is very different from a truck accident.
Nonetheless, the crash report is pretty comprehensive, and makes some distinctions that the average person wouldn’t necessarily bother with. In fact, there are 23 different types of vehicles the officer can list on your crash report. They are:
- Passenger Car
- Pickup Truck
- Truck Tractor (Bobtail)
- Tractor W/Twin Trailers
- Logging Truck
- Logging Tractor/Trailer
- Single Unit Truck
- Panel Truck
- Utility Passenger Vehicle
- Vehicle With Trailer
- Truck Towing House Trailer
- Motorized Recreational Vehicle
- Motorcycle, Scooter, or Minibike
- “Pedalcycle” or Bicycle
- Farm or Construction. Equip.
- All Terrain Vehicle
- Go cart
This most common options are passenger car, pickup truck, and van, but the options try to be as comprehensive as possible — nearly any kind of vehicle can fit under one of these types.
Even so, officers are allowed to choose “other” if something truly doesn’t fit. In that case, they will write in an explanation of what the vehicle was.
The Difference Between Vehicle Type and Vehicle Class
Although it sounds similar, vehicle class is very different from vehicle type. Vehicle class refers to who owns a vehicle or what sort of use the vehicle is intended for — for example, a commercial truck is different from one driven by a private citizen, which is different from one owned by local government. On the other hand, vehicle type just refers to what kind of vehicle it is. For example, a truck is different than a bus.
Both sections should be filled out on the report.
Using Vehicle Type in Your Car Accident Case
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