Determining Fault after a Car Accident
Local police, a sheriff’s deputy or a highway patrol trooper will respond to most car accidents in South Carolina. As law enforcement officers, they are concerned with whether laws were broken and whether criminal charges are appropriate against any of the drivers involved.
The police report filed after a car accident may provide guidance to insurance companies as they determine what sort of a claim payout they will provide after a wreck. But South Carolina law specifically says that police reports cannot be used as evidence of driver negligence in a lawsuit seeking damages (compensation).