11Alive reported on the consequences of the Atlanta Police Department’s new car accident investigation policy with a story about an Atlanta couple that claims it’s created a nightmare for them.
The couple was involved in an accident recently near the Hapeville Post Office, when an eighteen-wheeler smashed into their car at the intersection of South Industrial Boulevard and Brown Mill. They reportedly called the police and recorded the interaction on their phone, but the police did not show up. Dispatchers asked if anyone was hurt, then after the couple reported being banged up, they waited an hour and never received a response. In the meantime, the truck driver refused to provide his insurance information and eventually left the scene.
Eventually, someone informed the couple of APD’s new car accident policy, allegedly to protect officers and the public from coronavirus. Police officers are no longer dispatched to vehicle accidents if no one is reported injured and if the drivers can remove their own vehicles from travel lanes. Instead, they’re directed to fill out an SR-13 form and exchange information.
The couple eventually got a police officer to come out by refusing to leave the scene, three hours later, but the incident highlighted some major issues with the policy. In a heated confrontation, police are counted on to referee the situation and ensure all the legalities are taken care of. And although the couple was able to find the trucking company and contact them, the new policy could create issues with getting a police report or insurance claim processed.
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