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Some drivers take unnecessary risks when they are on the road, endangering themselves and everyone else. Unfortunately, reckless driving sometimes causes accidents with tragic consequences. This may have been the case recently in South Carolina when a passenger in a car died after an allegedly reckless action by the driver. As more details come out about the accident, it is possible that members of the victim’s family will pursue awrongful death claim.

The accident happened on Highway 501 in Myrtle Beach around 1 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Police say the 28-year-old driver ran a red light, and a second vehicle struck his car on the passenger side. The driver of the first car had a 26-year-old passenger with him, who was fatally wounded in the crash. He died at the scene.

The driver who was said to have caused the crash fled on foot after the accident occurred. Police located him that night and arrested him. He now faces charges of hit and run and reckless homicide.

As the driver in this incident faces criminal charges, the loved ones of the deceased are likely struggling to come to terms with the tragedy. South Carolina law allows them to pursue a wrongful death suit if evidence exists that that the car accident was caused by negligence. Those who successfully litigate such a claim may be reimbursed for any expenses related to the accident, such as funeral and burial costs. Financially dependent family members may also seek compensation for the loss of the decedent’s income. While monetary compensation may not ease the heartbreak that a family feels after a tragedy, it can go a long way toward alleviating financial hardships that result from a death.

Source:, “Police charge man with reckless homicide in Saturday’s fatal crash,” Maya T. Prabhu, Dec. 9, 2012


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