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Drunk driving accident in South Carolina results in death

A drunk driving crash in Laurens County, South Carolina, has left one person dead and two others injured. The accident occurred late in the afternoon on U.S. 66. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a pickup truck driven by a drunk driver crashed into another vehicle.

The 36-year-old female passenger of the vehicle struck by the pickup truck was killed in the accident, while the driver of the vehicle was taken by helicopter to a local hospital. The driver of the pickup truck was also transported to a hospital to receive treatment. Information on the condition of either of the drivers involved was not immediately known. The driver of the pickup truck has been charged with a felony DUI.

As this case makes clear, car accidents caused by drunk drivers often result in serious injuries and sometimes even death. Beyond that, everyone should take precautions to keep themselves safe such as wearing a seat belt whenever they are in a vehicle.

Sadly, drunk driving accidents -- and their destructive aftermath -- will likely continue to occur as long as people are negligent enough to get behind the wheel of an automobile while intoxicated.

For those in South Carolina involved in an accident with someone under the influence of alcohol, legal compensation can help recoup the costs of any medical bills that result from injuries sustained. Furthermore, victims can receive compensation for any pain or suffering. In addition, injured parties can seek punitive damages to discourage other drivers from participating in the same behavior.

Source: WYFF, "Troopers: Man charged with felony DUI after deadly crash," April 8, 2012

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