A recent devastating accident in North Charleston, S.C. has brought attention to the importance of yielding to the right of way and being cautious on the roadways. Commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers should be especially cautious in order to prevent tragic accidents such as this one:
On Monday, April 9th, Scott Arrington, 44, of Goose Creek, was traveling on Remount Road near Virginia Avenue, when an 18-wheeler pulled out from a parking lot and collided with him on his motorcycle. The truck driver, 47-year-old Louis Hunter Jr., did not yield to Arrington on his motorcycle, thus causing a devastating accident that killed an innocent motorcyclist. Hunter’s negligent actions led him to be arrested and charged with reckless homicide.
According to South Carolina law, if a driver “does any act forbidden by law in the driving of the motor vehicle, which proximately causes the death of another person,” then they are “guilty of the misdemeanor offense of vehicular homicide.” By taking the time to check that a roadway is clear from other vehicles, you could be saving a life and also preventing spending time in jail. This accident and the many other accidents that are like this one are completely preventable — it is up to South Carolina drivers to act responsibly and yield to fellow drivers.
What happens if I lost a loved one in a South Carolina motor vehicle accident?
In cases like these, the family of Scott Arrington would be advised to file a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver for his negligence. In a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit, the family would be entitled to compensation for medical and funeral expenses, the cost of travel, emotional distress, and any other expenses associated with the accident. Although monetary compensation does not bring back the loved one, it does help in easing the pain associated with a wrongful death.
If you have lost a loved one in a South Carolina motor vehicle accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, then you should contact an experienced wrongful death attorney. Attorney Shelly Leeke has been representing accident victims and their families for nearly a decade. To set up a free consultation with Shelly Leeke Law Firm, call 843-277-6061 today!