Driving in Georgia can be hazardous, with the risk of accidents involving other vehicles, pedestrians, animals and the terrain itself. Single-vehicle accidents are fairly common, and it’s important to understand what to do if you find yourself in one.
There are certain procedures that apply to any car accidents. Still, single-vehicle accidents also have some unique features and things to keep in mind in the immediate aftermath.
What is a single-vehicle accident?
A single-vehicle accident is one in which only one vehicle is involved. But the circumstances can be varied. Examples include:
- Striking a pedestrian or any other human, whether on foot or a bicycle
- Hitting a pet
- Hitting a large wild animal like a deer
- Colliding with a building or other property and structures like a pole or mailbox
- Hitting an object in the road
- Drifting into a ditch or embankment
What to do after a single-vehicle accident
It’s very important that you not drive away or leave the scene after a single vehicle accident. The law may consider this a hit-and-run, which carries significant penalties.
In the aftermath of a single-vehicle accident:
- Assess your own condition, especially if you’ve collided with something large or solid. If you believe you might need medical attention, call 9-1-1 or emergency services immediately.
- If you’ve collided with a person, attempt to render aid.
- If you’ve hit a pet, attempt to move it out of the road and remain with it until others arrive.
- If you hit a large wild animal, keep your distance, as it may be unpredictable and dangerous.
- If you’ve damaged any property, take pictures to document the scene, then attempt to find the property owner to let them know what happened.
- Finally, contact the authorities if you haven’t already done so, as well as your insurer.
If you find yourself involved in a single-vehicle accident, it’s crucial that you remain calm and follow the above steps. This will ensure you’re protected both health-wise and legally.