Those who live here in Anderson County may already know that Love’s truck stops and gas stations tend to experience substantial activity regardless of whether it is day or night. Passenger vehicles, tractor trailers and pedestrians are nearly always moving through the parking lots of these establishments. Under these circumstances, the potential for a deadly 18-wheeler accident exists.
For example, a man recently lost his life after being struck by a semi-truck in a Love’s parking lot. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that the 53-year-old out-of-state truck driver stopped at the gas station to purchase postcards for his niece and mother. As he was returning to his truck, an 18-wheeler attempting to leave the parking lot hit him.
The driver of that truck said he heard something that sounded like a bump. Therefore, he backed up and attempted to move forward again, which caused him to run over the Connecticut trucker not just once, but twice. It was only when the driver got out of his truck that he realized he hit the man. According to the Anderson County coroner, the victim suffered blunt force trauma to which he succumbed at the scene.
Even though the victim’s family is likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, it may be possible to file a wrongful death claim against the driver involved in this tragic 18-wheeler accident, as well as his employer. Proving that the death of their loved one was due to the negligence of another could lead to an award of damages. Restitution received from a monetary judgment could help defray the expenses the family has incurred — and will incur — as a result of the victim’s death.
Source: foxcarolina.com, “Coroner: CT man run over, killed at Anderson Co. truck stop“, Amanda Shaw, April 9, 2015
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.