How to Get an Accident Report in South Carolina

Written by John D. Hawkins on . Posted in .

One moment, you’re on the road, commuting, running some errands, or just enjoying the ride. The next, you’ve been hit by a careless driver, and now you’re suffering the consequences for their actions. 

When that happens, you need help recovering from your car accident in South Carolina. Getting a car accident report can help, but you may not be familiar with the details. What can an accident report really do for you, and how do you get one?

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a car accident and you need help with your recovery, reach out for more information about your accident report. 

Requirements for Accident Reporting

When you’re involved in a car accident, you need to know when you’re required to report an accident. In minor crashes, you may not be required to report. 

However, in most cases, you’ll need to report your car crash, especially if anyone was injured or killed. The police will need a record of the events as they happened, so you’ll need to report that shortly after the accident. 

You’ll also need to report your accident  if the estimated damage was more than $1,000 to the vehicles. Since that amount of damage usually means you’ll be interested in filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit, a report is necessary, as you’ll want it for your claim. 

Steps to Get an Accident Report

You may have already filed your report shortly after your accident. Now, you’re accident report may come in handy as you begin your car accident lawsuit. 

Your car accident report is an account of the accident and how it happened immediately after the fact. Fortunately, you’ll be able to get an official copy of this report. 

In some cases, it may be easiest for you to buy your crash report online. That way, you don’t have to go anywhere to get your report and get started with your claim. You’ll simply input your information, pay the fee, and get a digital copy of the report. 

In some cases, an online report may not be available, or you may not have the resources to get the online report. You’ll instead need to complete a Request for Collision Report form. You’ll fill out this form and include your fee, then deliver it in person or via mail to the right people. 

Find Out Why You Need Your South Carolina Crash Report

When you’re hurt in a South Carolina car accident, you need evidence to support your personal injury claim. Unfortunately, your word alone may not get you the results you need. Worse, if you don’t act, you could be in legal trouble for failing to report the accident. 

If you’re struggling to get your car accident report and use it for your claim, you may need the help of a lawyer from HawkLaw, PA. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, we can help you go after compensation for your car accident. We’ll start with a free consultation* about your claim. 

To file a claim with a car accident lawyer’s help, call 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or fill out the following online contact form. 

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Written By John D. Hawkins


John David Hawkins is the Founder and Owner of HawkLaw. He has been licensed to practice law in South Carolina since his graduation in 1994 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Focusing on litigation, Mr. Hawkins is experienced handling Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, Administrative Law, and Criminal Law matters.

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