A serious car accident involving three vehicles has resulted in criminal charges for a South Carolina man. According to reports, the car accident happened on U.S. 701 near Conway when a 24-year-old driver traveling in the southbound direction swerved into the oncoming traffic lanes. The result of this action led to his striking an oncoming vehicle head-on before swerving back into the southbound lanes.
Once the driver re-entered the southbound lanes, it is reported that he struck a minivan that was pulling out of a driveway. This series of collisions resulted in injuries to eight people and the driver himself. Reports do not indicate the severity of the injuries or the updated condition of those involved.
The 24-year-old driver has been charged with driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended license. He remained hospitalized as the charges were brought against him. In addition to these criminal charges, this young driver may find that those injured may seek to hold him liable before a civil court.
Under South Carolina’s personal injury laws, the victims of a car accident caused by the negligence of another party may pursue a financial claim for reimbursement against that party. Such action may be brought in the form of a personal injury lawsuit in an attempt to obtain a monetary award for the injuries and losses sustained in the accident. If successfully litigated, personal injury claims provide the opportunity for victims to focus on their healing rather than worrying about how to pay for the inevitable bills that accompany medical care and related costs.
Source: myrtlebeachonline.com, “Conway man charged in three-vehicle crash on U.S. 701, eight injured,” Amanda Kelley, Feb. 25, 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.