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Every time a driver operates a motor vehicle in South Carolina, a duty of reasonable care is owed to others in or near the roadway. This is especially true when drivers are traveling at high speeds on our highways and interstate routes. If drivers aren’t paying attention, they can misjudge how long it takes for them to stop and sometimes ram into the vehicle in front of them. Unfortunately, one South Carolina man from Lexington died in a car accident for exactly this reason.

The Lexington County accident happened when the 56-year-old man was driving his Saturn sedan east on Interstate 20 at around 4 p.m. For an unknown reason, he slowed down. However, the car behind him, a GMC pickup truck driven by a 49-year-old man from out of state, didn’t slow down and rammed into his car.

After the crash, the Saturn driver was taken to Lexington Medical Center in critical condition. Unfortunately, he died that night. The driver of the pickup was also taken to the center, where he was treated for his minor injuries. Both men were apparently wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

For the family and friends of the man who was killed in the car accident, they must now deal with the shock of the sudden death. As South Carolina authorities investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the car accident, the man’s family may have unanswered questions they need answered to explain a seemingly senseless accident. Whether they will pursue a wrongful death claim alleging negligence on the part of the pickup driver remains to be seen and may depend upon the findings of any official investigative report.

Source:, “Lexington man killed in I-20 crash,” July 6, 2012


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