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Single-vehicle accident kills 1, injures another

It’s bad enough to be involved in a serious vehicle accident, but sometimes, a crash isn’t discovered until many hours later, leaving the victims to suffer until help arrives. Serious accident victims often need immediate medical treatment or suffer their unfortunate fate. Unfortunately, this seems to be the case in a recent single-vehicle accident in South Carolina that claimed the life of a passenger and seriously injured the driver.

Accident details

At some point between the hours of 10 and 11:45 p.m. the night of Monday, 30, a pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old man from another state was traveling along High Tower Road in Saluda County. When he approached the intersection of Berryland Road, his truck drifted onto the right shoulder. The driver attempted to regain control of the pickup, but the vehicle swerves erratically and ultimately ran off the left side of the road. The truck then crashed into a fence and overturned.

Although the crash happened at night, the truck wasn’t discovered until around 10 the next morning. Along with the driver, a 20-year-old female was also in the pickup, and she apparently passed away at the scene due to her injuries. The driver was transported to a local medical center, but his condition was not reported.

Wrongful death

Authorities are still determining why the truck left the roadway. If they find the driver was negligent, such as through distraction or intoxication, the surviving family of the deceased victim can use that as evidence in a wrongful death claim against the driver as well as anyone else with ownership interest in his pickup. By working with an experienced personal injury attorney in South Carolina, affected parties can increase their chances of obtaining the maximum amount of compensation for the losses they sustained in this tragic accident.