What to Do at the Scene of a Car Accident in South Carolina (5 Things)
- André Rembert
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If you've been in an accident in South Carolina, here are five things you should do at the scene [according to the SC Department of Motor Vehicles' Driver's Manual and the SC Bar Association]
Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident
S.C. law requires you to stop your vehicle if it has not already been stopped by the accident. The law also require that you move your vehicle from the roadway to the shoulder after a collision. Aid the injured to the degree that you can that will not cause more harm unless necessity requires so (e.g. they are trapped in a smoking vehicle). Protect the accident scene as much as possible. If you have flares, flashing lights or a flashlight, use any of these to warn others that there has been an accident.
Report the Accident to the Police
In the event of an accident, notify law enforcement as soon as possible, regardless of who is at fault in the accident. This is to ensure your safety and to prevent traffic congestion, which can cause more collisions. Also, the police will need to investigate the scene to determine fault.
Do Not Admit Fault
South Carolina law requires the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident to: give his or her name and address; provide the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving; and to show his or her driver’s license. Every law enforcement officer who investigates an auto accident must file a written report. You are obligated by law to assist any officer in this investigation by answering questions and discussing the circumstances. Be aware that any statement can be held against you. You should not admit or sign anything even if you think you were wrong. You may learn later that you were not at fault or that the other driver was equally at fault.
Exchange Information With the Other Driver
Identify yourself to the other driver by giving your name, address, driver’s license number and vehicle license number. Exchange your insurance company name and policy number using your insurance card or proof that the vehicle is insured. Additionally, the investigating officer will issue a form (insurance verification) to be completed by your liability insurance company verifying that insurance coverage was on the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Obtain the Names and Addresses of all Witnesses
Get the names and addresses of all witnesses. After writing down the names and addresses of any witnesses, try to get statements of what happened. If they will, have the witnesses write down this information at the scene. The investigating officer will also obtain this information. Always have a pencil and pad, as well as this pamphlet, in your car.
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