Understanding Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report Codes
There are circumstances where weather can plan a huge part in the reason that a crash occurred. If that’s the case, it’s important that the weather is noted correctly on the Georgia Motor Vehicle Crash Report.
Weather Codes Listed on the Crash Report
Weather is open to interpretation in many cases. What one person says is “sunny” may be considered “cloudy” to someone else. The weather category is deliberately broad so that the officer can choose the most appropriate general data point. In many situations, the officer will specifically note in the comments section whether they believe the weather had an impact on the reason the accident occurred.
The general weather codes include:
- 1 – Clear
- 2 – Cloudy
- 3 – Rain
- 4 – Snow
- 5 – Sleet
- 6 – Fog
- 7 – Other
- 8 – Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado
The last category was added in 2018 to account for more severe weather that may include high winds and heavy rains, often resulting in visibility problems.
Using Weather Data in Your Car Accident Case
Sometimes the weather has no effect on a crash and in other cases, it’s the main reason that the accident happened. This is particularly true when the weather is severe, but the other driver was traveling far too fast for the conditions of the road.