The South Carolina Highway Patrol has determined that a vehicle that crashed on Interstate 20 on June 15 blew a tire. There were eight people in the SUV at the time of the car accident. Seven of them were taken to a local hospital and one of them was killed.
The SUV was traveling west on the Interstate when the tire on the back passenger side of the vehicle blew. The driver was unable to maintain control of the vehicle after the tire blew and the SUV went off the right shoulder of the roadway. It then flipped numerous times.
The only thing known about the seven vehicle occupants that survived the crash is that they were taken to the hospital. What injuries they sustained and what the current condition of each of them is not known. The only information known about the passenger that died is that he was a 16-year-old South Carolina boy. His name was released to the media.
It is not known what caused the tire to blow the day of the car accident. It is possible that there was something in the road that punctured the tire. It is also possible that there could have been a defect in the tire itself. Whether that defect was caused by poor maintenance on the part of the vehicle owner or was a manufacturer defect may yet be determined. If it is discovered that there was a defect in the tire, the family of the deceased teenager could file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties found to be responsible for that defect.
Source: thestate.com, “Blown tire leads to fatal accident on I-20,” June 15, 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.