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Reading Your South Carolina Car Accident Report

After a car crash in South Carolina, the investigating police officer will fill out an accident report, known as the South Carolina Traffic Collision Report (TR-310). 

It’s important to review the information in this report as soon as possible and check to see if it is accurate. Insurance companies will look at this report closely and use it to determine fault in the accident. If called to testify for a deposition or at trial, the investigating officer will also refer to the information in the report.

Here’s an overview of the information you’ll find in the accident report.

South Carolina Traffic Collision Report (TR-310)

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/sc_par_tr310_rev1_2011.pdf

South Carolina Accident Report page 1

Page 1

The top section of the page will include the date, time and location of the crash. The section underneath will list the names of the drivers or pedestrians involved, as well as contact information and driver’s license number. There is also a section for the officer to fill out information about any property damage that occurred. 

Click here to download a printable PDF of Reading Your South Carolina Car Accident Report.

The bottom of the page has space for the officer to write a narrative and draw a diagram about how the crash happened. 

South Carolina Accident Report page 2

Page 2

The top section of this page will list information about the people involved in the accident.

Along with their names and addresses, there is space to list date of birth, sex, race, whether they were injured, whether they were ejected from the vehicle during the crash, their location after impact and whether they were transported to a hospital.

Underneath, there is a section for the officer to list the sequence of events that led to the collision. Below that section, the officer can list more information about the vehicles involved, including type of vehicle, whether there was an attachment (such as a trailer), the manner of collision and area of impact. 

The investigating officer can also note whether a test for drugs or alcohol was given. This section will list the type of test given, and the results. 

At the bottom of the page, the officer can list information about the road where the accident happened, including the type of road, the surface condition, whether there was an intersection, weather condition and light condition. There is also a place for the officer to list contributing factors to the crash, such as driver inattention, roadway obstruction, a pedestrian crossing the road improperly, poor weather or a vehicle defect. 

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