Car accident kills South Carolina teen when man runs stop sign

Being involved in a car accident with a carload of young children is a parent’s worst nightmare. Though young children are required to wear safety restraints in cars which allow them to be safer, a car accident can still injure them, thus causing adults to be even more frantic about an otherwise stressful incident. Unfortunately, a recent car accident in Anderson has hurt five small children as well as thee adults in a crash right in front of Walmart
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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


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