How 911 Calls Can Help Win Your Car, Truck or Motorcycle Accident Case

Key Points:

  • 911 calls are essential sources of truthful accounts of accidents as they occur right after the accident
  • A credible witness is generally someone not involved in the accident and does not have anything to gain from the lawsuit
  • An experienced personal injury lawyer will make a Georgia Open Records Act Request to obtain the 911 calls and dispatch records for your case
  • It usually takes 10 days to obtain 911 records

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Questions Answered:

  • What evidence is critical to car accident?
  • Why are 911 calls critical evidence for car accident cases?
  • Who makes a credible witness?
  • How do you find witnesses to a car accident after the accident?
  • How do you obtain 911 call records?
  • Does the police department hand out the 911 call data to anyone who asks? If so, is there a cost?
  • How long does it take after an accident to get the 911 call data?
  • Do 911 operators focus on getting a caller’s information?
  • Can a high volume of calls prove the accident was a serious accident? Does 911 call volume matter at all?

When you’re in a car accident in or near Atlanta or anywhere else in Georgia, there’s a good chance you’re going to call 911. There’s also a good chance another driver, passerby or eyewitness is going to call 911 as well. In fact, 911 operators in Atlanta get as many as 20 calls after a serious accident on the interstate highway. Obviously, these calls provide the information police and EMTs need to respond, but can these calls serve another purpose? Can they help win your car, truck or motorcycle accident case? Absolutely!

Evidence is Critical To The Success of an Injury Case

If the accident was serious enough to cause injuries, it’s likely that a personal injury claim or case may result. There are hospital bills to cover, physical pain and suffering and mental anguish to get past, and cars to repair. With so much on the line, evidence is crucial to a car accident case. One of the first things an experienced personal injury lawyer will do is obtain any 911 audio recordings and dispatch records.

Fresh from the scene, these calls are often the best and most truthful accounts of what actually happened. Plus, they often contain the raw and unvarnished emotion of witnesses or victims, which can be used as evidence down the line.

Why 911 Calls Work Can be Effective Evidence for a Personal Injury Case

failure to yield graphicEmotions can get hot after a car accident. Blame gets thrown, tears get shed. When it comes to reliable eyewitness accounts, 911 recordings provide some of the most reliable evidence available. If someone else was there to see that it clearly was one driver’s fault, and not caused by a stray animal or weather event, their eyewitness account carries a lot of weight in a court case. Many recordings also contain illuminating statements made by the victims, including admission to fault. These statements, especially if later denied, can be used to challenge a defendant.

What Makes a Credible Witness for a Car Accident Lawsuit

A credible witness to a car accident can be generally characterized as someone who is unrelated or does not know stand to gain any benefit from the injured party’s claim. Further, a witness who perceived the car accident in its entirety is generally considered a credible witness as well. A credible witness will usually call 911 when they witness an accident. Also, a credible witness will likely stay around to speak with the police and the injured party in a car accident.

How To Connect With Witnesses from 911 Calls

head on crash graphicLet’s say the 911 caller is an eyewitness who didn’t stick around long enough to give their name or contact information to the police. He or she was the only person to see what happened. Now, you would like to make a claim against the at-fault driver for your injuries and medical expenses. How will your attorney ever find that one person who could help your case? Enter the 911 recording. Expert law firms regularly identify eyewitness by using 911 calls as an essential tool in their personal injury toolbox.

911 call records, audio recordings and dispatch records of local law enforcement departments can be obtained using the GA Open Records Act.

To win or recover in almost any Georgia personal injury case, evidence is key. If you’re involved in a serious accident, the call you make to 911 can not only save your life—but save your case down the road.

Common Questions About 911 Data for Injury Lawsuits

Does the police department hand out the 911 call data to anyone who asks? If so, is there a cost?

911 data is usually provided pursuant to a written request that meets the statutory requirements of the Open Records Act.  Thus, 911 call data is only provided by Police departments once the statutory requirements have been met.

How long does it take after an accident to get the 911 call data?

It can take at least 10 business days to get 911 call data after the written open records request has been submitted and received.

Do injury just focus on getting the callers information?

The callers information and dispatch information is usually included in the 911 data.

Can a high volume of calls prove the accident was a serious accident? Does 911 call volume matter at all?

High volumes of 911 call data pertaining to a certain accident can certainly be used to insinuate the severity of the accident.

The Millar Law Firm handles only personal injury and car accident cases.  With expert car accident attorneys in our Atlanta and South Atlanta law offices, we can help you today.

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