All too often South Carolina residents fall victim to a motor vehicle accident on the state's roadways. Car accidents can have immediate and life-altering consequences, not just for those killed or injured, but for their families and loved ones as well. Two nearby families are grieving for the loss of two loved ones, while other families are checking on their injured loved ones at a local hospital due after a collision in Folly Beach.
On Sunday, March 18, a four-car accident left six people injured and caused two deaths. The multi-car crash occurred about 1:05 p.m. Authorities say the collision occurred at Folly Road and Bowen Island Road. Both deceased men, who were 33 and 73 years old, respectively, were residents of Folly Beach. The younger man died at the scene of the car accident, and the older man perished while being rushed to a local hospital.
Initially, there were not many details disclosed about the accident, but both the Folly Beach and Charleston County Sheriff's Office investigators were said to be working on piecing together the circumstances of the accident. Six others, including minors, were also sent to local hospitals, though their names, ages, and conditions were not released. Eyewitnesses were being interviewed and the accident scene was being documented and reconstructed. While the investigators did say they hoped to have a more complete understanding of what happened in a few weeks, they did mention the weather was bright and sunny with good visibility conditions.
Local and county police didn't have much to go on at first and felt that making any determination would be premature. Regrettably, South Carolina car accidents are sometimes unavoidable, even in the best weather conditions. Staying vigilant and driving defensively are two actions that drivers can employ to minimize chances to being a victim of car accidents in South Carolina. For those who are injured, personal injury claims may be appropriate when an accident was caused by the negligent actions of another. Similarly, the surviving family of those who lose their lives may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim based upon allegations of negligence on the part of one or more parties in causing the deaths.
Source: Herald Online, "2 dead, 6 hurt in crash as SC beach," Dave Munday, March 19, 2012