How To Read Your South Carolina Accident Report
If the police respond to your auto accident, they will fill out a traffic collision report form that includes details about who was involved in the accident and what happened. The experienced auto accident attorneys at Lourie Law Firm review this document carefully, as it always includes information vital to your case.
This collision report is a written record of your auto accident that could contain information to help us provide another driver acted negligently. For example, police will note whether speeding or alcohol use played a role. They will also note information about weather and road conditions. Police will also record any injuries or fatalities.
This section will note where the accident occurred, including the direction each vehicle was traveling.
This section will include information about all drivers and pedestrians that were involved. It includes each person's gender, race, age, address and contact information. The driver's license information will also be recorded. The responding officer will also note whether the person contributed to the collision, and if speeding was a factor.
The officer will write down what happened, and will also sketch a diagram of the accident. The amount of property damage will also be estimated.
The officer will write down his or her information at the bottom of this page. You should take down the name and badge ID number of the officer who is filing out the report for your accident. To obtain your own copy of the accident report, you will need to go to the DMV.
This section will contain information about any injuries sustained in the accident. It will note where each person was seated and whether or not a seatbelt was used. Other details noted in this section will include whether air bags were deployed, whether anyone was ejected from the vehicle and if anyone was taken to the hospital.
This section will record whether any tests were given for alcohol or drug use, and the results of those tests.
The officer will note any factors that indicate negligence on the part of a driver. This will include whether the driver disregarded traffic signs or signals, was distracted or speeding, was fatigued, followed too close, was under the influence and other factors.
This section will note whether there were any apparent defects with the car, such as issues with the brakes, steering or lights.
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