When drivers lose control of their vehicles, the results can be catastrophic if they go into obstacles near the roadside such as concrete barriers, trees, and telephone poles. A driver who is hurt can attempt to recover any financial losses through a civil lawsuit against the entity or person responsible for their injuries.
Law enforcement in Columbia, South Carolina was in the process of responding to a fatal accident involving a pickup truck.
Single vehicle crash results in the death of a local driver
A Monday morning crash on Garners Ferry Road left one driver dead. A master trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol was the first to respond to the area. He said that a 2011 Chevy pickup truck was going eastbound on Garners Ferry when the vehicle suddenly went off of the left side of the road for unknown reasons. After going off of the road surface, the vehicle collided with several trees nearby and fell into an embankment.
The driver was wearing a seatbelt, but rescue crews pronounced him dead shortly after they arrived. It was assumed that he was killed by the initial impact with the trees. The Richland County Coroner’s office examined the victim’s body, but did not release his name or any specific details about his condition or identity.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol planned to take over the investigation and collect additional evidence. There was no information regarding whether another vehicle had possibly been involved or caused the crash and left.
Traffic laws and seat belt use
Seat belt laws are relevant evidence in a civil case, but they will not be the decisive factor. Any traffic violation such as not wearing a seat belt may be used as evidence of negligence or contributory negligence by the plaintiff. However, the jury will still be allowed to consider these violations along with other facts when making their final decision. This is true even if the driver at fault was charged criminally in a separate case.
The value of losses in a civil case
In any civil accident case, calculation of damages can be a complex issue. Damages is the legal term for the sum of all of the plaintiff’s losses due to the defendant’s negligence or intentional actions. This can include all medical and hospital bills, lost wages due to missed time from work, and non-economic damages related to trauma, pain, and suffering. It is best to talk to a lawyer before trying to estimate these amounts.
Talk to an accident attorney in the Columbia area
There are lawyers in South Carolina who dedicate their practices to making sure that car accident victims get the money that they need and deserve. To learn more, speak with a lawyer at:
1116 Blanding St., #3A, Columbia, SC 29201