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					Special Conditions to Note Immediately Following Accident      Name of investigating police officer: _______________
Position of your car after accident __________________         ______________________________________________
_______________________________________________                Other pertinent facts: ___________________________
Position of other car after accident __________________        ______________________________________________
_______________________________________________                ______________________________________________
Location of any tire marks, blood, broken glass, dirt, etc.,   ______________________________________________
on road or side of road ___________________________
Location of point of impact in relation to center of road or
some physical object _____________________________
Did your car skid? If so, how many feet? ____________
Did the other car skid? If so, how many feet? _________
Road conditions _________________________________
Traffic conditions _______________________________
Weather conditions _______________________________
Traffic controls (traffic lights, stop signs, etc.) ________
Place of impact on other car _______________________
Name and address of any wrecker that removes other cars
Other conditions that might have bearing on accident

The following may be filled out either at the scene or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This pamphlet was prepared as a public service of
                                                                                                     accident. Write in street or highway names or numbers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Show distance and direction to landmarks; identify
shortly after leaving the scene                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the State Bar of Georgia. Its purpose is to inform,
                                                                                                     Use one of these outlines to sketch the scene of your

Date of accident ________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         not to advise on any specific legal problem. If you
                                                                   Indicate on this diagram what happened.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. Number each vehicle and show direction of

                                                                                                                                                                                                             2. Use solid line to show path before accident

Time _________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          have questions regarding any matter contained in this
Location of accident ____________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       pamphlet, you are encouraged to consult an attorney.
Type of road (grade, curve, etc.) __________________
Speed of your car just before accident ______________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 landmarks by name or number.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                use dotted line after accident.

Speed of other car just before accident _____________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Indicate north by arrow, as:

Direction of your car ____________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Show pedestrian by:

Direction of other car ___________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       4. Show railroad by:

Were you or other driver turning? _________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    State Bar of Georgia
                                                                                                                                                                 travel by arrow:

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Did other driver signal properly (with arm, horn, lights,
etc.)? ________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Atlanta, GA 30303-2743
If at night, did the other car have its lights on? _______
How far were you from the other car when you first saw it?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fax 404-527-8717
Foreword                                                           4. Identify the driver                                            9. When to leave the scene                                      Personal Injury
Even the best drivers are subject to automobile accidents.         Obtain the other driver’s name, address and license               Unless your injuries require otherwise, do not leave            If another motorist is at fault in an accident, you may sue
Everyone should know what steps to take immediately                number of the vehicle. Also ask to see a driver’s li-             the scene of the accident until you have assisted the           for personal injuries, which are generally measured by
following an accident to protect the life, limb, property          cense. If possible, obtain the name of the insurance              injured, protected the scene, called the police and assisted    your medical expenses and lost wages caused by the acci-
and legal rights of those involved. Doing the right thing,         companies and the policy numbers covering the other               them, identified the other driver(s), obtained the names,       dent and an amount which may be determined by the jury
in the right way, at the right time may save a life, and it        car(s) in the accident.                                           addresses and statements of all witnesses, made notes and       for pain and suffering. Under specialized circumstances
will often avoid legal problems. Here are the steps to take                                                                          filled out the Accident Information Form and Diagram in         other types of damages may be recoverable.
if you are involved in an accident with another vehicle or         5. Witnesses                                                      this pamphlet.
                                                                   Obtain names and addresses of all passengers in all cars
                                                                                                                                     10. See a doctor
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Property Damage
                                                                   involved in the accident. Obtain names and addresses of                                                                           Claims for vehicle damage are covered by your collision
1. Stop your car                                                   all eyewitnesses. Attempt to obtain from these witnesses a        Remember that serious and costly injuries are not always        or comprehensive policy, if you have one. If another mo-
Never leave the scene of an accident in which you or your          statement as to what happened and have them, if they will,        immediately evident. See your doctor immediately and ask        torist is at fault in an accident, you may sue for property
car are involved. No matter how slight the collision, if           write it down at the scene. Always have a pencil and pad          your passengers to do likewise.                                 damage to your car regardless of whether you can sue for
you fail to stop you may subject yourself to criminal pros-        of paper, as well as this pamphlet, in the glove compart-                                                                         bodily injury.
ecution even though the accident was not your fault. Stop          ment of your car.                                                 11. Reports
your car as soon as possible without further endangering
                                                                                                                                     Georgia law no longer requires a person involved in an          Accident Information Form
any person or property and without obstructing traffic. Do         6. Take notes—fill out accident form                              accident to make a written report to the Georgia Depart-        Fill out this form at the scene of the accident.
whatever is necessary to warn oncoming traffic, in order
to prevent further accidents. If possible, station someone            and diagram                                                    ment of Public Safety. You should immediately call your         Other Driver
                                                                   Make your own written notes on all significant                    insurance representative and send written notice as soon        Name ________________________________________
in a position to warn approaching vehicles. At night, use
                                                                   circumstances concerning the accident. Show the position          as possible. The notice should contain sufficient informa-
flares, reflectors or a flashlight.                                                                                                                                                                  Street address __________________________________
                                                                   of the cars after the accident. Step off exact distances          tion concerning the time, place and circumstances of the
                                                                   of skid marks and other important distances. Later, it            accident, as well as the names of any persons who were          City _______________________ State______________
2. Assist the injured                                              is important for you to be able to point out where on             injured or witnessed the accident. Failure to notify your       License plate # _________________________________
If possible, have someone call an ambulance or doctor at           the road the vehicles collided and where they came to a           insurance company in writing within a reasonable time
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Make and type of car ______________ Year ________
once. A telephone operator can locate help for you. Re-            stop. If you or someone else has a camera at the scene,           may constitute grounds for the insurance company to
member that in getting aid it is necessary to fix your location                                                                      avoid all coverage for your accident. It is therefore essen-    Driver’s license # ______________________________
                                                                   take pictures to preserve skid marks, the position of cars
accurately so that help will reach you without delay. It is        and other physical evidence that will disappear after the         tial that you report the accident immediately.                  Does the driver appear to have been drinking? _______
necessary that the person seeking help know the name and           accident. Fill out the Accident Information Form and                                                                              Any verbal statement given by other driver as to cause of
number of the road on which the accident happened, the             Diagram in this pamphlet so far as it is appropriate to           12. Claims made against you                                     accident ______________________________________
location of the cars along the road and the direction in which     the type of accident in which you are involved and the                                                                            ______________________________________________
                                                                                                                                     Refer all persons making claims against you to your insur-
they were traveling. Render first aid only if you are qualified.   particular circumstances.                                         ance company. Make no payments or promises to pay any
You normally should not move the injured person. Cover the                                                                                                                                           Names and Addresses of Passengers in Other Car
                                                                                                                                     claimant. Any such payments are made at your own risk.
victim with blankets or coats. If there is any bleeding, stop it                                                                                                                                     Name ________________________________________
by applying pressure or a tourniquet. Do not give an uncon-        7. Comments                                                       Forward all papers served on you to your insurer immedi-
                                                                   Do not comment on the accident. Keep your notes and infor-        ately. If the coverage you have purchased is inadequate to      Address ______________________________________
scious person anything by mouth.
                                                                   mation strictly to yourself. Admit nothing and sign nothing       cover the claims made against you, consult your personal        Name ________________________________________
                                                                   even if you think you are wrong. You may learn later that         attorney at once.
3. Call the police                                                                                                                                                                                   Address ______________________________________
                                                                   you were not in the wrong or that the other driver was equal-
Police officers are trained to handle any situation that may       ly responsible. Your emotions at the time of the accident         13. Claims made by you                                          Names and Addresses of All Possible Witnesses to Any Fact
arise after an accident. If you are involved in an accident,       may deceive you. If at a later date facts clearly show that you                                                                   Name ________________________________________
                                                                                                                                     Your liability insurance policy may also include provisions
even though not physically injured, you may suffer from            alone were wrong, that is the time to admit the blame.                                                                            Address ______________________________________
                                                                                                                                     for payments to you and your passengers for medical ex-
shock and excitement which makes it difficult for you to
                                                                                                                                     penses, which will apply regardless of fault. If you make       Name ________________________________________
think clearly at the time.
                                                                   8. Arrest                                                         a claim for property damage or personal injuries arising        Address ______________________________________
If the accident occurs within a city or town, call the city po-    An arrest at the scene does not necessarily indicate civil li-    out of the accident, be sure before you settle that any offer
lice. If it occurs on an open highway, call the nearest office                                                                       made to you is fair and reasonable. Your attorney is best       Name ________________________________________
                                                                   ability. An arrest in connection with an automobile accident
of the Georgia State Patrol or the sheriff’s office. When the      cannot ordinarily be used later in a suit for damages. Any        equipped to advise you as to your rights and the fairness       Address ______________________________________
police officer arrives, give the basic facts (see Number 7).       statement may be used as an admission, so it is important         of the settlement offer.
The report may help you if a liability claim is made.              that you contact your attorney before making a statement.