Yet another suspected drunk driving accident took the life of two people and injured six others recently. Preliminary evidence about the deadly car accident in South Carolina suggest that a 65-year-old man was impaired at the time. Tragically, the man’s grandson was in the car with him.
Authorities say that the grandfather’s blood alcohol content was somewhere in the neighborhood of three times South Carolina’s legal limit. As he drove, he crossed into oncoming traffic. An SUV in the opposing lane was unable to avoid colliding with the passenger car. The impaired driver and his grandson suffered fatal injuries at the scene despite the fact that they were both wearing seat belts.
Six people in the SUV suffered various unidentified injuries. All of the victims were properly restrained at the time of the accident. Some of the injuries were serious enough to warrant being flown to an area hospital by helicopter. The others were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The current conditions of the injured victims are not known.
The circumstances of this car accident are heartbreaking. Not only has one family lost two of its members, but also one appears to have died at the hands of the other. Adding to the trouble is the fact that the seriously injured victims retain the right to file personal injury claims against the estate of the deceased driver, seeking damages such as out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. If the victims are able to prove the driver was negligent and that his negligence led to their injuries, a court may consider awarding those damages and other financial losses permitted under state law.
Source: wltx.com, “2 Killed, 6 Injured in Sumter Accident“, Jennifer Bellamy and Megan Rivers, July 28, 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.