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DUI car accidents in South Carolina often prove to be fatal

Many factors can contribute to car accidents in South Carolina, such as driver negligence, speeding or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Driving under the influence can cost the driver his or her life and/or the lives of others. Intoxicated drivers are typically not aware of surroundings, and their reflexes are slowed or impaired, which increases the likelihood of car accidents. Recently, a 75-year-old man lost his life in Lexington after a 29-year-old woman got behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Police say the man was killed as a result of a DUI car accident. The accident occurred around 11 p.m. The accused woman is said to have failed to stop for a signal light at an intersection.

The victim was transported to a local medical facility where he succumbed to his injuries, which were reported as blunt force trauma to the head. A passenger in the victim's car was transported to a different hospital and is recovering from minor injuries. The allegedly drunk driver was also taken to the hospital and was arrested for felony DUI involving death. The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident.

Anyone in South Carolina who has lost a loved one as the result of a negligent or intoxicated driver has the right to file a wrongful death claim in civil court. Victims injured in car accidents as a result of a driver's negligence may be entitled to file a personal injury civil claim. Compensation gained from a successful lawsuit can help cover a wide range of monetary damages, including medical costs and funeral expenses, as applicable.

Source: ABC Columbia, "Woman Arrested in Connection to Fatal DUI Crash", Kimberlei Davis, Jan. 14, 2017

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