Law enforcement authorities in South Carolina are investigating a crash in Spartanburg that killed a woman. The victim was reportedly a passenger in a car that struck a small bus. As a result of this incident, the victim’s surviving family members may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver deemed responsible for this event in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.
According to reports, at around 8 a.m. on July 22, the driver of a Honda allegedly crossed over the median on a local road and struck a bus head-on. A 26-year-old woman is said to have died in the wreck. Along with her death, the driver of the bus reportedly suffered unspecified injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
The individual believed responsible for this crash was uninjured. No other details about this person have been released. Police are still investigating the incident. At this time, it is unknown if any charges will be filed in this case.
When a passenger dies in an automobile accident, the driver deemed responsible may be held liable for any damages sustained by the victim’s surviving family members. In this particular case, the decedent’s loved ones may file a wrongful death claim in a South Carolina civil court in an effort to recoup any financial losses they have incurred, as well as to seek compensation for any other damages that may be recoverable in accordance with state laws. A monetary judgment may be granted if negligence can established to the satisfaction of the court. Along with potentially facing a wrongful death claim, the driver deemed liable for this incident may also face a personal injury claim, as the bus driver may also be entitled to seek monetary relief for his or her losses as well.
Source: live5news.com, “Coroner: Woman killed when car, bus collide in Spartanburg”, Dal Kalsi, July 22, 2016