Four teenagers were recently involved in a fatal car crash on an I-95 off-ramp in South Carolina. Three of the teens reportedly died in the wreck, and one was left with critical injuries. As is the case for many single-vehicle car accidents, speed is believed to have been a contributing factor in this crash.
According to police, the vehicle that the teenagers were riding in was clocked going down the Interstate at 109 mph. The officer on duty was unable to perform a traffic stop before the vehicle exited the highway and crashed while on the off-ramp. The car is said to have struck a sign, rolled multiple times and, finally, smashed into a tree.
A 17-year-old male and two 18-year-old males died at the scene of the crash. An 18-year-old male was airlifted to a hospital with critical injuries. His current condition is unknown; however, the teenager's family says he is improving. Officers did not indicate which of these individuals was driving the vehicle. No one was wearing a seat belt, and at this time, investigators are not sure if drugs or alcohol played a role in this crash.
When single-vehicle car accidents occur, the drivers and/or the owners of the automobiles -- if different -- may be held accountable for any damages sustained by the passengers. In this particular case, the driver has not been identified, but when that happens legal claims may be filed against him and the vehicle owner, or -- in the event of fatality -- his estate and the vehicle owner. Wrongful death, personal injury or any other applicable claims in this matter may be filed against those believed responsible for this incident in a South Carolina civil court. If litigation proves successful, monetary relief may be awarded as compensation for any losses sustained.
Source: myrtlebeachonline.com, "3 teens who died in Ridgeland crash were clocked at 109 mph, police say", Lucas High, June 3, 2016