Three South Carolina teenagers died and a fourth was hospitalized with critical injuries when the car they were riding in ran off I-95 through Ridgeland, SC, and hit a stand of trees. The fatal single-vehicle crash occurred around 10 pm on June 1, 2016.
Investigators cited speed as a likely factor in causing the deadly accident. Evidence indicates that the car left the interstate while traveling at least 100 mph. Driver distraction may have also played a role, as crash analyses recently published AAA revealed that simply speaking with passengers accounts for as many as 15 percent of wrecks by teen drivers.
Each of the victims of this crash in Jasper County, SC, was between the ages of 17 and 19. They were reportedly on their way to a high school graduation celebration when tragedy struck. My Carolina wrongful death law firm colleagues and I mourn the loss of such potential, and our condolences go out to the friends and families of the deceased teens.
While the wreck certainly has painful lessons to teach about operating a car safely while obeying the speed limit and focusing on road and traffic conditions, it is also sure to raise difficult questions regarding insurance claims. All the passengers appear to have known the driver well, which could make surviving parents hesitant to pursue wrongful death claims. Speaking with a caring and empathetic plaintiff's attorney could help them way their options and understand that tough situations like this are exactly why people are required to carry automobile insurance coverage.