Truck drivers are aware that they have to take extra precautions when driving, due to the size and weight of their vehicles. The drivers of passenger vehicles sometimes forget that they, too, must be cautious while driving. The driver of one passenger vehicle may have neglected to exercise the appropriate amount of caution before becoming involved in a car vs. tractor-trailer accident.
Just before 10 p.m. on Nov. 19, a truck was traveling east on Highway 278 in South Carolina. Another vehicle was turning onto the highway when it slammed into the side of the 18-wheeler. The passenger in the car suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.
The car driver was injured seriously enough to warrant emergency responders calling in a helicopter to transport him to an area hospital. His current condition is not known. The truck driver did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision. Authorities are still investigating the fatal crash. There was no word on what criminal charges, if any, will be filed.
While the investigation continues, and the car driver recovers from his injuries, the family of the passenger in this car vs. tractor-trailer accident is undoubtedly struggling to accept what has occurred. Under South Carolina law, the family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible for his death. If they are able to prove the passenger’s death was caused by the negligence of another party, the court may award the family the financial damages they have incurred since their family member’s death. These types of monetary damages typically include funeral and burial expenses as well as pain and suffering related to the fatal tragedy.
Source: wsav.com, BREAKING: Bad Accident Reported on Highway 278, Ansley Christain, Liz Buckthorpe and Kim Blake, Nov. 19, 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.