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ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE


This page will explain to you what Accidental Damage is, and will help you determine if you should use our online reporting system to file a report.

What is Accidental Damage?

Accidental Damage is damage caused without a criminal intent.

Examples of Accidental Damage

  • A person opens their car door in a parking lot, and accidently hits your car.

  • A tree limb breaks from a tree and strikes your car.


When to not use this online report

If your property was intentionally damaged by a person, you will need to use either the Malicious Injury to Real Property or Malicious Injury to Personal Property report

If your vehicle has been struck by another vehicle, which has left the scene. If your vehicle is still at the location where it was struck, and has not been moved, please call (803) 252-2911 to have an officer to respond and complete a Hit & Run report. If you have moved your vehicle, and your insurance company need a report for a claim, you may download the Form FR-309 (Traffic Collision Report Not Investigated By Law Enforcement) at:
http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/forms/fr-309.pdf

If you feel your incident fits in the Accidental Damage category, please use the follow tips when completing your report:

When filling out the incident report, there will be a number of information fields and options. Only fields marked with a * are required; however, the other fields may help us if we need to contact you.

What to write in the Incident Description section:

When completing the incident description section, remember that the keys to a good description are accuracy and brevity. Include what happened, where it happened, when it happened, how it happened, and who did it (if applicable). Do not include opinions or information that is not related to the incident. Below is an example of how an incident description should be written for an information report:

"Between the listed dates and times, listed vehicle, which was parked at the incident location, was damaged when a tree limb fell off a tree and struck the hood of the vehicle."


 
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