On March 18 it was a sunny day at Folly Beach, in the southeast part of South Carolina, and many families were on the only road leading to and from the seashore, hoping to have a chance to play on the South Carolina beach. However, for the occupants of four vehicles, the day took a turn for the worst. A tragic car accident occurred, leaving two people dead and six injured, including children.
Details of the accident, which happened around 1:05 p.m., were sketchy. A 33-year-old man and 73-year-old man died at the scene, and both were local residents. Six other people were injured, however their identities, ages and conditions were not immediately available, though it is known that some of them were children. This accident closed the road for nearly three hours, leaving many people stranded at the beach and many others stranded on the road.
The cause of the accident is still uncertain, but the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office has been busy reconstructing the scene and interviewing eyewitnesses. The Folly Beach Public Safety director hopes to have the investigation done in several weeks, in which the cause of the accident will hopefully be understood. At this point, he warns that any guesses as to the cause of the accident would be speculation.
As the results of the investigation emerge, those who were personally affected by the car accident will no doubt want to know and understand how such a tragic accident could have happened. They may also have the opportunity, depending on the results of the investigation, to file for a legal claim under South Carolina law, either in the form of a wrongful death action or a personal injury claim. With time, it is hoped that they may heal from the pains that this horrific accident has caused.
Source: The Herald, “2 dead, 6 hurt in crash at SC beach,” Dave Munday, March 19, 2012
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.