The reports can be purchased online at www.buycrash.com for $11 per report.
“It is a state law that all accidents must be recorded and all agencies report those occurrences, so a system like this one makes it easier for the state as well as citizens to gain reports in a uniform process,” Lt. Brandon Gurley said.
While the city is not paying for the service, it will be reimbursed $5 for every report purchased through the website.
According to city spokeswoman Megan Matteucci, Appriss, which operates www.buycrash.com, also runs as the sole provider of accident information to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The system includes software tools for law enforcement agencies to analyze crash reports.
The idea behind the online system was convenience for both residents and travelers, said Gurley.
“In Brookhaven, we have a lot of commuters who work here or just travel through and if they are from out of state and involved in an accident, it is much easier for them to obtain a report,” he said.
City residents can still purchase an accident report at city hall or the municipal court Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The cost to buy a report at those locations is $5, which covers a processing fee, said Gurley.
Although the price to purchase a report in person may be cheaper, Police Chief Gary Yandura said the convenience of the new website will encourage many people to buy it online.
“The 24-hour access to accident reports from anywhere is especially convenient for insurance companies and motorists who do not reside in the area,” he said.