Two drivers lost their lives and several people went to hospitals with injures following a five-vehicle pileup on U.S. 521 in Lancaster County, South Carolina (SC), early on the morning of June 12, 2016. The fatal multivehicle wreck occurred near the interchange with SC 160 in the community of Indian Land.
South Carolina state troopers could not immediately determine why the chain-reaction crash started. They did tell reporters that one of the deceased victims was ejected from her vehicle by the force of the impact and that the other person who died had to be cut out of his car because it suffered so much damage. The deadly collision apparently occurred at high speed.
Every car crash raises essential questions of fault and liability for paying insurance claims. The report from the completed Highway Patrol investigation into this Indian Land wreck should answer many of those questions, but other issues are sure to arise. Speaking with an experienced and knowledgeable Carolina personal injury and wrongful death attorney could help the injured survivors and families of the deceased victims interpret what the police findings mean for them.
For instance: Does the at-fault driver have adequate coverage? Is more than one driver to blame for taking lives or inflicting injuries? Do laws and court rulings regarding contributory negligence apply? What, exactly, can be claimed in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, and in what amounts?
As answers emerge, the people harmed by the multivehicle wreck will struggle to recover physically, emotionally and psychologically. My plaintiff's attorney colleagues and I wish them full and rapid returns to health.