The South Carolina Highway Patrol is responsible for investigating an accident that occurred recently in Anderson County, involving a sheriff’s deputy. Two vehicles and five people were involved in the auto accident. All five suffered various injuries, and one of them has since died.
Preliminary reports indicate that the deputy and a reserve officer were on the way to a call, with lights and sirens engaged, when the deputy lost control of his patrol car. South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers indicate that the roads were wet at the time, but it remains unclear if it was actively raining when the accident took place. The cruiser ended up in the opposing lane of traffic, where it crashed into a pickup truck occupied by three people.
The deputy, reserve officer and the three occupants of the pickup were taken to Anderson Medical Center. While at the hospital, one of the pickup truck’s occupants, a 45-year-old woman, succumbed to abdominal and head injuries that she suffered in the wreck. Reports indicate that the deputy will be okay, but there was no word on the condition of the reserve officer and the other two pickup occupants.
The sheriff’s office reported that the deputy had completed his yearly driving training in March; however, even the best-trained drivers can cause an auto accident. The deputy and reserve officer may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits that could cover their medical expenses and lost wages. However, the injured parties from the pickup truck and the family of the deceased woman do not have the same luxury. They may still be able to hold the deputy and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department liable in civil actions. Any damages awarded as the result of proving negligence on the part of the deputy could reimburse the costs and damages sustained by the victims and their families.
Source: wyff4.com, “1 dead, 4 injured in wreck involving Anderson County deputy“, , April 21, 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.