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With the ever-mounting number of vehicles on South Carolina roads, motorists are constantly exposed to potential collisions that can bring about severe injuries or even death. The actions of other drivers can seldom be anticipated, and motorists have to be vigilant at all times. A recent car accident on U.S. 17 Bypass resulted in the hospitalization of five people and the death of one.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported that a 50-year-old southbound driver on U.S. 17 was apparently in the process of maneuvering across the lanes of the bypass when another car smashed into him. Troopers reported that the driver died on impact as the result of severe trauma. The accident report states that there were four injured passengers in the first vehicle, and they were all taken to a medical center.

The second vehicle’s driver was also rushed to the medical facility. The severity of the injuries or the conditions of the victims are unknown. The road was closed for a short time, and there is an accident investigation underway. The media report made no mention of any charges being filed at the time.

South Carolina residents who have suffered injuries in a car accident that was caused by the negligent driving of another party may pursue recovery of medical expenses that resulted from the accident. Even victims who were passengers in the vehicle of a negligent party have the right to file a personal injury claim in a civil court. If the negligence is properly documented and the claim is successfully presented, the court may award monetary restitution to cover medical expenses, along with any other damages as deemed appropriate under state laws.

Source:, “Fatal car crash also sends several to hospital in Murrells Inlet“, Emily Trampf, July 4, 2014


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