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Driver killed by car crossing center line

As Americans grow older, the number of drivers over the age of 65 has increased. This increase also makes these drivers more susceptible to an auto accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that older drivers, or those who are over 65 years old, made up 15 percent of all licensed drivers in 2008. However, 5,288 older people were killed and another 187,000 were injured in traffic accidents in 2009, according to the NHTSA. Persons over 65 years old comprised 16 percent of all traffic fatalities and 8 percent of all injured persons in crashes for that year.

An 89-year-old Kingstree driver was killed earlier this month in an auto crash when another car crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 76 east of Timmonsville. The other vehicle, operated by a 71-year-old-driver, struck the side of the victim's car and ran it into a ditch. The 71-year-old driver allegedly suffered a medical problem that made him drive the car across the center line, according to the Florence County Coroner.

The crash victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was injured and taken to a Florence hospital for treatment. The South Carolina Highway Patrol said that charges are pending in this car crash.

A car accident victim may be able to seek compensation for his or her injuries if a motorist drives while impaired or incapacitated, disregards traffic devices or signs, speeds, fails to yield, disregards road or weather conditions, or who does not exercise due care while driving. In this case, liability is unclear, as it appears that the responsible driver may have suffered an unexpected medical event while driving. In any case, compensation may include payment of medical treatment and wages, among other things. Family members may be able to file a wrongful death action if a relative is killed in an accident. Investigation for the purposes of a civil lawsuit should occur promptly so that eyewitness statements, police reports and other evidence may be obtained. There is a certain time period during which such claims must be filed, so it is essential to obtain information as quickly as possible.

Source: SCNow.Com, "Kingstree man dies in Saturday Timmonsville wreck," Feb. 2, 2013

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