June 18, 2014

Why Does South Carolina Law Require At Fault Drivers to Pay Damages?

South Carolina law mandates the person who caused an automobile accident to pay money damages to the person they injured. The person who caused the accident is the “at fault driver.” South Carolina law uses the word wrongdoer. A wrongdoer is a person who was negligent, reckless, or intentional in injuring another person.

South Carolina law on automobile accident damages is not new. It’s historical foundations can be seen in the Old Testament book of Exodus, which instructs a wrongdoer to pay an injured person for the harm the wrongdoer caused. See Exodus 21:18-19. These timeless laws aim to make sure an injured person’s medical bills and other losses are paid by the person who caused the harm in the first place.