According to authorities, no charges will be filed against the driver of a tractor-trailer that collided with a car on I-95 recently. The accident took place near mile marker 164 in Florence County. The result of the tractor-trailer accident, unfortunately, was the death of the car’s 27-year-old driver and injuries to her passenger. Though no charges are expected to be filed, that does not bar the victims from utilizing South Carolina personal injury laws to file civil claims against the driver.
The car was reportedly attempting to merge onto I-95 southbound when it and the tractor-trailer collided. The injuries sustained by the passenger in the car were not considered life threatening. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
Authorities have not disclosed what they believe the cause of the collision to be. All that is currently known is that the accident occurred in the pre-dawn hours. The accident is still under investigation. As the investigation continues, the family of the woman killed, as well as the passenger injured, will likely be interested in discovering what is believed to have caused this tractor-trailer accident.
The investigation may seek to determine whether road conditions, weather, speed, intoxication or other factors contributed to this loss of life and injuries. If it is determined that the truck driver was driving negligently or recklessly, he or she may find themselves the target of civil litigation. Under South Carolina’s personal injury laws, the family of someone killed, or an injured victim themselves, may choose to file a civil claim seeking compensation for their expenses and loss. As with any tractor-trailer accident, securing the assistance of an experienced personal injury representative may be the key to finding a bit of solace in a difficult time.
Source: wbtw.com, “Car collides with tractor-trailer in Florence County, one dead,” Dec. 17, 2012
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.