Why It Is Important ALWAYS to Call the Police After a South Carolina Car Accident

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our South Carolina car accident attorneys know our state law requires any auto accident that causes at least $1,000 in property damage or results in injuries or death to be reported to authorities.

We also know that regardless of the accident’s severity, you should always call 911 after a car wreck. Even if you do not know whether you are hurt or your injuries appear minor, informing law enforcement puts the incident on record. A physical police report outlining the accident date, people involved, and other relevant details can be helpful if you pursue action against the at-fault motorist.

Call the Police After a SC Car Accident

What are the Benefits of Calling the Police After a South Carolina Crash?

Calling 911 to report a car crash is essential, even if the wreck does not cause significant property damage, injuries, or death. Minor fender benders can cause injuries that are not immediately apparent, like whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries.

You might leave the accident scene believing you do not need medical treatment, only to discover pain and other symptoms days later.

When you report an accident to law enforcement, an officer can investigate the scene, take your statement, and speak to witnesses. They might issue a traffic citation if anyone involved violated a traffic law, like speeding or driving under the influence.

Is a Crash Report Factual Evidence That Can Be Used During My Personal Injury Claim?

The crash report is not necessarily factual evidence in an injury claim.

Crash reports contain opinions and observations of an accident.

Seeing a determination of fault written in the report does not necessarily mean the insurer will draw the same conclusion and pay your claim. The insurance adjuster might conduct an independent investigation and disagree with the officer’s findings.

However, submitting a copy of the crash report with other evidence, like accident scene photos, traffic camera footage, and eyewitness statements, can support your allegations against the other driver and help build your claim for success. We can help.

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Contact our David W. Martin Law Group car accident attorneys in South Carolina today by calling (803)-548-2468 or contact us online to ensure your rights are protected throughout the legal process so you can confidently move forward.


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