What Should You Do After a Car Accident in South Carolina?
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
Stop And Check For Injuries
If injuries or property damage are involved, SC law requires you to stop your vehicle immediately at the scene, or as close as possible to avoid obstructing traffic. If anyone is injured, dial 911 immediately.
Even After A Minor Accident, Call Law Enforcement
Even if there are no apparent injuries or property damage, notify local authorities immediately. This step is critical if you file an insurance claim.
Use Common Sense
Take all precautions to prevent further accidents and ensure everyone’s safety.
Get Witness Information
Write down names, addresses, phone numbers, and any other contact information.
Cooperate With Law Enforcement
In South Carolina, drivers involved in an accident are required to provide their name and address, registration number of the vehicle they are driving, and their driver’s licenses. Cooperate but be aware that your statements can be held against you.
Do Not Pay Or Offer To Pay Anything
Contact An Attorney
Signing a release without consulting an accident attorney can result in the loss of valuable rights.
Document Your Damages
If safe and possible, take pictures of the vehicles, license plates, skid marks, and debris. Give these to your accident attorney.
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