Archive for December, 2021

Risks of Agreeing Not to Exchange Insurance Information After an Auto Accident

You might be confused and unsure of what to do after an auto accident. It’s easy to skip steps and forget to get all of the information you need to file an insurance claim later. In some instances, the other driver may try to get you to agree not to exchange insurance information. They may attempt to convince you that they’ll pay for your damages out of pocket or your own insurance company will foot the bill. However, this is a mistake.

Here are some risks of agreeing not to exchange insurance information after an auto accident.

Your Insurance Company May Deny Your Claim

If someone else is at fault for your crash, they are liable for your damages. South Carolina is a “fault” car accident state. That means that they are responsible for paying for any losses you have as a result of the crash that they cause. If you don’t get car insurance information from the at-fault driver, you may not have enough information to file a claim.

Even if your insurance company covers your damages, they will want to recover their costs from the at-fault driver. Without insurance information or appropriate contact information from the other party, they may not be able to do that. As a result, they may deny your claim because you failed to obtain necessary information from the other driver to cover your damages.

The Other Driver May Give You False Contact Information

drivers exchanging information after an auto accident

If the other driver does not show you their insurance card and give you the name and policy number on their card, then they may also give you false contact information. If you don’t have any personal information about the at-fault driver, it may be impossible to track them down and recover the money you deserve for medical costs, lost wages, and other damages.

You can prevent this by taking a picture of their driver’s license, calling the police to make a police report, and taking a picture of their license plate and motor vehicle. All of this information can help you track down the driver or vehicle owner even if they refuse to exchange insurance information with you.

You Will Not Be Able to Get a Complete Accident Report

While you should always call the police so that they can complete an accident report at the scene of the accident, it is possible for the drivers to submit a report after the crash. In fact, you are required to submit a car accident report in most car wreck situations.

If you don’t have insurance information from the at-fault driver, you will not be able to complete the report with all necessary information so that the police can find the at-fault driver and hold them accountable.

Experienced Greenville Car Accident Lawyers Can Help You

Ryan Montgomery Law has compassionate car accident attorneys who can help you with an insurance claim after a wreck. Even if you failed to get all of the insurance information from the other driver, we can gather as much evidence as possible and help you get money to cover your losses. Call us today at (864) 207-4927.

South Carolina Leash Laws and Other Laws Pet Owners Should Be Aware Of

There are many laws in South Carolina and the city of Greenville that apply to dogs and other pets. These laws have been enacted to protect the public as well as guide pet owners regarding appropriate animal handling and behavior. Violation of these laws can result in fines and financial liability for any injuries or other damages that the pets cause.

Here are some of South Carolina’s most important laws that pet owners should know about.

South Carolina Leash Law

According to South Carolina Code §51-3-145(P), all dogs and other animals must be crated, caged, or on a leash not longer than six feet long while in parks and public facilities. Pets must be under physically restrictive control of some kind while in public. This applies to trained dogs, service animals, and any other pets that might be taken into public in South Carolina.

Dogs Running “At Large” in South Carolina

According to South Carolina Code §47-3-40, any dog that is found running at large may be picked up and impounded or quarantined by government animal control officers. In order to get a dog released from the pound, the dog must have a current rabies vaccine and pay an impound or quarantine fee, which is determined by each municipality individually. This law applies to cats as well.

The penalty for allowing dogs and cats to run at large is detailed in South Carolina Code §47-3-50. If a person allows their dog to run at large off their property, keeps a vicious or unruly dog unless restrained, or releases a dog or cat from impoundment without authority, they face a misdemeanor and can be fined $50 for a first offense and $100 for each offense thereafter.

South Carolina Dog Bite Laws

A dog owner may be held strictly liable for injuries caused by their pet according to South Carolina Code §47-3-110. That means that there is no “one bite rule” in South Carolina allowing a dog to bite once before the owner is responsible for financial damages. An owner is immediately liable if all of the following area true:

  1. The victim’s injuries were caused by the dog bite or attack.
  2. The victim was in a public place or lawfully in a private place.
  3. The victim did not provoke the dog.

It’s important to note that this law does not only apply to dog bites, but also pet attacks of any kind. That means that if a dog jumps onto someone walking on a public sidewalk and causes injuries to them, then the owner may be liable.

South Carolina Animal Cruelty Laws

Under South Carolina Code §47-1-10 – 225 and §16-15-120 animal cruelty is prohibited against all living vertebrate creatures except homo sapiens and fowl in some situations. “Animal cruelty” is defined as any time “a person knowingly or intentionally overloads, overdrives, overworks, ill-treats any animal.” It also includes depriving animals of food, water, or shelter and the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering.

This law imposes a felony crime upon a person for “torture, tormenting, needless mutilation, cruel killing, or infliction of excessive or repeated unnecessary pain.”

Ryan Montgomery Law Understands South Carolina Law

When selecting a dog bite lawyer or seeking legal advice for your situation, you should find someone who is aware of all of the laws that might apply to your case. While some of these criminal laws might not enable you to recover compensation, they can serve as evidence to support a personal injury case in the event of an animal attack. To learn more, contact Ryan Montgomery Law at (864) 207-4927.