Accidents involving a semi truck, understandably, often prove fatal to those in a regular passenger vehicle. The sheer size and weight of a big rig can destroy a car with little effort. A recent car accident in South Carolina between a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler claimed the life of the pickup driver and left the semi driver with injuries.
The accident happened mid-morning near a local intersection. The pickup, heading northbound, apparently crossed over the center line and hit the southbound semi head-on. The driver of the pickup was killed in the incident and the semi driver was taken to a local hospital with unspecified injuries. His current condition is unknown.
This investigation is still ongoing. Local authorities are currently waiting for the autopsy report to determine a possible reason for the pickup driver to have crossed the center line. While charges can’t be filed against the pickup driver, the overall cause of the crash could be identified and any negligence that may have contributed to the incident can be determined.
A car accident in South Carolina that results in injury or death can have life-changing consequences for the victims and their families. While the driver that is supposedly responsible for this crash may not have survived it, the victim has been left with injuries that have required medical care. The expense of medical care and loss of wages for time off work to recover can take a financial toll. If the driver of the pickup is found to have been negligent in the cause of the crash, the victim may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim against his estate to recoup any financial damages that may result from the incident.
Source: gtowntimes.com, Nesmith man killed in Browns Ferry accident, Scott Harper, Dec. 11, 2013
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.