In Case of an auto accident
South Carolina law states that if you are driving a vehicle involved in an accident that causes personal injury, death or property damage you must stop at the accident scene.
Assist the Injured & Protect the Scene
Immediately make arrangements for a doctor or an ambulance to come to the scene of the accident, if anyone is injured. However, do not try to move the injured persons. This could result in more injuries. If possible, try to warn oncoming vehicles of the collision to avoid further accidents.
Call a Police Officer
Call the police immediately so an official accident report can be filed. Unless you are injured, stay at the scene and cooperate with the officer.
Do Not Make Comments
Give no statements, oral or written to anyone except the police officer investigating your accident. Keep you accident notes and information to yourself. Do not admit or sign anything, even if you think you are at fault.
Keep a diary of all significant details concerning the accident. This physical evidence, including position of cars and length of skid marks, will become useful when the case is ready to move to trial or settlement talks. Make a list of all damaged property, in addition to your bodily injuries. Also, take photographs of all damages and injuries.
Write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses, who may have important information about the accident.
See A Doctor
Have a physician examine you as soon as possible. Although you may not be bleeding or in pain right away, the accident can be the cause of serious and costly health problems at a later date.
Call your lawyer
Contact your lawyer as soon as possible to assist in handling problems associated with the accident. You should be cautious of any person who offers to adjust your case or tries to hurry you into a settlement.
Inform Your Insurance Company
Make a thorough accident report to your automobile insurance liability company.
Do not make any payments to the other party involved in the accident or promise to make any such payments.
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