Tragically, far too many fatal car accidents occur in South Carolina every year. While accidents do happen, many of these incidents are highly avoidable. When a loved one is lost in a collision due to the actions of another, it is completely understandable for surviving family members to desire answers as to the cause of a crash. If negligence is suspected to have contributed to the loss of life, obtaining compensation may be possible. A wrongful death claim, if appropriate, can provide just that — if successfully managed.
Recently, a 66-year-old male was killed in a collision that occurred a short drive up the coast from the Myrtle Beach area. According to reports, the victim, who was driving his SUV southbound on the U.S. 17, was struck by a truck whose driver was attempting to cross the road heading westbound. The victim was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment. However, her died shortly after arriving.
The individual driving the truck, a 61-year-old male, has been charged for failing to yield. It is unknown if any other charges are pending in this case. This incident is still under investigation.
A fatal car accident, such as this one, is something surviving family members may struggle to cope with for years, if not a lifetime. The loss of a loved one in such a tragic and untimely manner can be emotionally traumatizing and financially taxing. While nothing can replace a life lost, it is possible to seek monetary relief for any economic losses an accident like this can create. A wrongful death claim filed in a South Carolina civil court may, if negligence is established and litigation is successful, result in compensation being granted to the victim’s family for any financial damages incurred as a result of such a tragedy.
Source: carolinalive.com, “Man dies after crash on U.S. 17 near Little River“, April 27, 2015