South Carolina investigators are still working to determine exactly what happened to cause a recent fatal accident. The car accident happened when two adults and a young child were walking on a sidewalk and were struck by an SUV. A 29-year-old woman that was hit sustained serious injuries requiring surgery. She was taken to a local hospital, but unfortunately, she died during surgery.
The man she was walking with was also hospitalized, and was reportedly in stable condition following the accident. The 2-year-old son of the woman who died was treated and released from the hospital. Very little information about the driver of the SUV has been released.
Investigators are working diligently to determine what caused this accident. Surveying equipment, road markers and gathering evidence have been their priority in the days following the accident. Though it may take weeks to determine exactly what happened, the progress of the investigation likely weighs heavily on the minds of those close to the victims.
Under South Carolina personal injury laws, if an investigation reveals that any party negligently caused serious injury or death of another person, that party may face a claim for civil liability by the victims and their families. The injured man retains the right to commence a personal injury lawsuit against the driver, seeking monetary damages resulting from the car accident. Similarly, the surviving family of the deceased woman may choose to seek damages through a wrongful death claim. Successfully litigated civil claims can provide victims and their families with funds to cover lost wages, medical expenses and other damages permissible under our state’s personal injury laws.
Source: Aiken Standard, “Team reconstructs deadly wreck,” Teddy Kulmala, April 3, 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.