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By Jarome Gautreaux

Car accidents in Georgia, as anywhere else, can be stressful and chaotic events. While emotions are running high, with the possibility of trauma, not to mention physical injury, it is understandable that one could make mistakes after an accident or fail to obtain relevant information or documentation.  Among the most common mistakes are neglecting to report the accident to law enforcement, failing to gather evidence at the scene, admitting fault prematurely,  not seeking immediate medical attention, and prematurely settling with the insurance companies involved. These errors can significantly impact the outcome of any legal proceedings that may follow. Understanding these pitfalls is crucial for anyone in a car accident in Georgia, as it helps protect their legal rights and ensures a more favorable resolution.

The five top mistakes people often make after getting in an accident in Georgia are as follows: 

  1. Not Calling the Police or Failing to File a Report:
    Failing to report an accident, especially involving injuries, fatalities, or significant property damage, can lead to legal consequences in Georgia. A police report serves as an official record of the incident, providing crucial information that can be vital for insurance claims and potential legal actions. Not having this report can make it challenging to establish the facts of the case, potentially disadvantaging you when seeking compensation.
  2. Neglecting to Document the Accident and Gather Evidence: Please take photos of the accident scene, collect contact information from witnesses, and keep records of medical treatments and expenses to ensure your ability to prove your case. Detailed documentation and evidence are vital to establishing fault, the extent of injuries, and financial losses incurred due to the accident. Without this evidence, securing fair compensation becomes significantly more challenging.
  3. Admitting Fault at the Scene: Admitting fault at the accident scene, before you know all the facts, can prematurely affect the outcome of insurance claims and legal proceedings. Georgia follows a modified comparative negligence rule, meaning that if you are found to be less than 50% at fault, you may still recover damages. However, your percentage of fault will generally reduce your damages.
  4. Not Seeking Medical Attention Immediately: Often, accident victims underestimate their injuries or delay seeking medical treatment, which can jeopardize their health and weaken their personal injury claims. Demonstrating a direct link between the accident and the injuries sustained is crucial for a successful claim in Georgia. Delays in medical treatment can lead to insurers or opposing parties questioning the severity of your injuries or arguing that they were unrelated to the accident.
  5. Settling with Insurance Companies Too Quickly: Insurance companies often try to settle claims quickly and for as minimal as possible. Accepting an initial settlement offer without fully understanding the extent of your injuries and damages can result in compensation that falls short of covering your total losses and future expenses related to the accident. It is advisable to consult with a personal injury attorney who understands Georgia’s laws and can negotiate with insurers to ensure that you receive fair compensation.


To avoid the top mistakes in an automobile accident, report the accident immediately, refrain from admitting fault, seek medical attention as soon as possible, meticulously document the accident scene and your injuries, and consult an attorney before negotiations with insurance companies. This approach will help protect your rights and ensure you are adequately compensated for your losses. Gautreaux Law has decades of experience with automobile accident/personal injury situations, and we will vigorously advocate on your behalf if you find yourself involved in a car accident in Georgia. Contact our office for an initial complimentary consultation.

About the Author
Jarome Gautreaux is a personal injury trial lawyer. He represents people who have been seriously injured, as well as the families of people killed because of carelessness or negligence. For over 20 years, he has successfully recovered more than 100 million dollars in a variety of Macon personal injury cases. Jarome’s reputation for client focus and case success has led to other lawyers requesting his assistance with complex personal injury litigation. What drives Jarome every day is his strong belief that the amount of money someone has should not dictate the justice they receive. It is for this reason that he has never worked for corporations, insurance companies, or other interest groups. Instead, he thrives on helping the people who need it most- people who have suffered at the hands of others and deserve compensation.