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Car accidents: 3 underage teens killed in single vehicle crash

In South Carolina, 15-year-old teens are allowed to apply for driving permits for beginners. If a teen has had the beginner's permit for six months and is 15-and-a-half years old or older, he or she can apply for a conditional license. With such a license, the driver may not drive between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. without having a parent or legal guardian in the car. This SC law is meant to reduce teenage deaths in car accidents.

A recent crash that seems to have violated all these laws claimed the lives of three teenagers -- one 14-year-old and two 15-year-old girls. The South Carolina Highway Patrol report shows that the fatal single vehicle accident occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on a recent Thursday. Authorities did not name the driver but mentioned that none of the occupants were old enough to drive without the presence of a legal guardian or parent.

A preliminary accident report indicates that the three teens were traveling in a pickup truck when the driver crossed the centerline and went across the opposite lanes. The truck ran off the roadway and smashed into a tree after striking a ditch. One passenger died when she was ejected while the wreck trapped the other passenger and the driver. They also died at the accident scene.

This tragedy left three families grieving their sad losses while also having to cope with end-of-life arrangements and the expenses typically associated with them. The surviving family members of the two passengers may seek recovery of damages by filing wrongful death claims against the estate of the driver and the owner of the pickup truck. Some people choose to utilize the services of an experienced South Carolina wrongful death attorney to navigate the claims process when seeking monetary damages after losing loved ones in car accidents.

Source: heraldonline.com, "Three teenage girls dead after Horry County crash Thursday morning", Elizabeth Townsend, Chloe Johnson, Dec. 22, 2016

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