One of the most frightening moments for any parent is when they find out that their teenager has been involved in a motor vehicle accident. The terror is even greater when it turns out the car accident was fatal. Unfortunately for one South Carolina family, this is exactly what happened.
The accident happened when a 38-year-old man driving a Lexus ran a stop sign at an intersection. Apparently, he hadn’t seen an approaching pickup truck. The two cars collided, killing the Lexus driver instantaneously.
Fortunately, the pickup driver wasn’t injured at all and one of the passengers of the Lexus was treated and released for his injuries. However, the second Lexus passenger, a 17-year-old boy, was not so lucky. Shortly after the terrifying crash, he was declared dead at a local medical center. It was not immediately clear where the deceased victim had been sitting in the vehicle or whether he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
There are no words that can express how heartbroken a family may feel after such a tragic car accident. As they struggle to accept this devastating loss, they likely have more questions than answers. As the official accident investigation is underway, they may decide to investigate their legal rights under South Carolina law. In our state, when a fatality occurs due to the negligent or intentional acts of another, the surviving family retains the right to pursue wrongful death litigation in our civil courts. This type of claim is based on allegations of negligence and seeks reimbursement for financial damages suffered as a consequence of the fatal accident.
Source: Lexington, SC Patch, “Update: Two Killed in Two-Vehicle Collision Identified,” Carolyn Farr Smith, Aug. 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.