Understanding the Georgia Motor Vehicle Accident Report (Pt. 3)
One of the most important prices of information in the Georgia Uniform Motor Vehicle Accident Report is regarding citations. A citation (or “traffic ticket”) is often listed on the Georgia uniform motor vehicle accident report by reference to the statute, or “Rule of the Road” which was violated. Below are some of the most common code sections and their corresponding subject:
OCGA 40-6-180, 40-6-181 – “Speeding” – Exceeding the posted speed limit or traveling too fast for conditions.
OCGA 40-6-49 – Following Too Closely – usually issued in a rear-end collision
OCGA 40-6-20 – Failure to Observe Traffic Control Device (such as a stop light, turn arrow, etc.)
OCGA 40-6-70, 40-6-71, 40-6-73 – Failure to Yield – entering a lane when approaching traffic had the right-of-way.
These are just the most common citations, but there are numerous others. The citation is important in a personal injury case because insurance companies (and juries) base their opinion about who was responsible for the accident upon these citations. If more than one driver was cited, this can give rise to a dispute among all of the insurers, often resulting in a lower settlement offer for the injured party.
It is very important to understand just how a citation will affect your personal injury claim. If you have any questions about how to correct inaccurate information in a Georgia Uniform Motor Vehicle Accident, contact us at email@example.com and we will be glad to assist.
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