Many people travel during the holidays to visit family and friends. Unfortunately, some of them never make it to their destinations because they are involved in a car accident and are either seriously injured or killed. Four people will never see their families again, and three others may not have made it home for Christmas after being involved in a single-car crash on Interstate 95 here in South Carolina.
The seven people were traveling south through South Carolina on their way to the Sunshine State for the holidays. For a reason not yet known, the driver lost control of the vehicle. When that happened, the vehicle veered off the road and slammed into the guardrail and then a tree.
The driver and three of his passengers suffered blunt force trauma in the crash that caused their deaths. Officials indicate that autopsies on the deceased are necessary to determine if impairment and/or a medical condition were factors in the accident. One of the surviving three passengers was the driver’s wife, and she reportedly broke her hand. Another survivor was taken to a hospital in the area, and the third passenger’s condition necessitated being transported by helicopter. The current conditions of the survivors is not known.
The injured victims and the families of the deceased passengers may file civil actions against the estate of the driver, and the deceased driver’s wife may wish to gain an understanding of her own rights and responsibilities as a result of the tragedy. If the evidence establishes that the driver was negligent in a way that led to the crash, a South Carolina court may award damages commonly seen in car accident cases. Any monetary restitution awarded could help offset the financial losses incurred because of this tragedy.
Source: wistv.com, “Coroner: Blunt force trauma cause of death in I-95 crash“, Jason Old, Dec. 23, 2014
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.