Two Scranton Youths Killed in South Carolina Car Accident

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A car full of six going north on Interstate 95 (I-95) one recent Saturday morning ran off the right side of the road and crashed into a thicket of trees, according to a recent SCNow news report. The driver, 23-year-old Darhon McEachern, died at the scene. One of the five passengers, a 14-year-old , succumbed to her injuries. The remaining four passengers, two adults and two children, survived the crash but not without injuries.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a car crash due to someone else’s negligence, contact an aggressive and knowledgeable South Carolina auto accident attorney right away.

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Car crashes can cause several different types of injuries, which may range from minor cuts and bruises to permanent disability to even death.  Generally, the most common car crash-related injuries include:

  • Head and brain –generally called a “traumatic brain injury”, this occurs when a person’s head violently hits (or is hit by) an object causing symptoms that can be mild or severe depending on the extent of damage to the brain;
  • Neck – serious injuries may include cervical dislocation and disc injury or, alternatively, milder injuries such as whiplash or neck strain;
  • Back – the most common area that is injured in a car crash, these injuries can include sprains, strains, fractured vertebrae and herniated discs;
  • Spinal cord – a violent impact can cause disc material, displaced bone fragments, or ligaments to bruise or tear the spinal cord tissue nerve cells causing damage, which affects the signals that are sent between the brain and the spine to the rest of the body;
  • Internal organs – although not usually visible to the naked eye, damage to the kidneys, liver, bowels, lungs, spleen, heart or aorta can be serious; and
  • Facial  – these injuries may occur when the driver or passengers’ face hits the steering wheel, a deployed airbag or other parts of the vehicle.

Beyond the aforementioned physical injuries, victims of an auto accident may also suffer psychological damage – which may be temporary or permanent – that can take the form of emotional distress, posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as anxiety and depression.

Auto Accident Stats

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about 80 people are killed daily U.S. roads. In 2013, a total of 35,244 fatal car crashes occurred in America. Beyond the parties involved in the crash, NHTSA’s 2010 crash data estimates an $871 billion combined economic and societal cost.

Factors that contribute to fatal car crashes include drunk driving (32 percent), speeding (31 percent), distracted driving (16 percent), and dangerous weather conditions (11 percent). Additionally, the day of the week contributes to the likelihood of a car accident – a fatal car crash has a 19 percent chance of occurring on a Saturday and 16 percent on Friday or Sunday.

South Carolina Auto Accident Attorneys

Personal injury cases can be complex, even more so when the cause is a car crash, as sometimes fault is not clearly determinable. Additionally, time limits exist for when a claim may be filed. For these reasons, it is important to hire an experienced South Carolina auto accident attorney to handle your case. The legal professionals at The Law Offices of Steven M Krause PA have represented thousands of personal injury victims. Call (864) 225-4000 to schedule your free, initial consultation.


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