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South Carolina car accident claims a teen’s life

Young people often enjoy the freedom driving brings. However, their inexperience behind the wheel sometimes increases their chances of being involved in an accident. Often, these accidents can have disastrous results, as made evident in a recent vehicle crash in which one South Carolina teenager lost her life.

Details of the accident

According to reports, three people, a driver and two passengers, were in a 1995 Chevy pickup, traveling northbound on West Blue Ridge Drive in Greenville County. For reasons unclear, the vehicle left the road, overturned and struck a number of trees on the side of the road. The accident happened around 1:30 in the morning of Saturday, Dec. 4.

Both the driver and one of the passengers became trapped in the vehicle following the accident and had to be extricated with mechanical tools. Both were taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The other passenger, a 19-year-old female, who was only partially ejected from the vehicle, was declared dead at the scene.

As this was a single-car accident, authorities are likely working to determine the exact reason the car left the roadway. Should they determine the driver’s negligence or recklessness caused the crash, the surviving injury victim can bring suit against the driver and anyone else with ownership in the pickup in an attempt to obtain compensation. Likewise, the surviving family members of the young woman kill can pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. In both cases, the interested parties will want to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to gain a full understanding of their options and increase their chances for a successful outcome.