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South Carolina trucking accidents rise with the summer heat

Road work can put a damper on travel plans and construction can frustrate drivers when the pace slows to a crawl, or worse yet, to a standstill. But road improvements are crucial to keeping vehicle operators and their passengers safe. With more people on the roads during the summer months, the likelihood of accidents increases, particularly on the highway. A South Carolina interchange construction project was recently the location for deadly car crash that involved multiple vehicles and tractor-trailers.

On Friday, June 2 at around 5:15 a.m., authorities were called to the scene of an accident involving two cars and two tractor-trailers. According to reports, one of the tractor-trailers involved in the accident was unable to stop and crashed into traffic that had been stopped due to the construction on the highway. A car was trapped in between the two tractor-trailers, which led to the death of two people.

The 50-year-old male passenger was wearing a seat belt but suffered blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for injuries. The driver was also fatally injured.

Both tractor-trailer drivers suffered minor injuries. Authorities reported the driver of the pickup truck who ran off the embankment upon impact was in stable condition. Authorities are still investigating the accident.

Trucking accidents are often devastating. The size of the trucks can leave most cars completely crushed when involved in a crash. Should a South Carolina resident be injured or a family lose a loved one due to the negligence of a truck driver, an experienced attorney could help explain the options for legal recourse regarding such a tragedy. Successfully navigating a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death claim can help families to cover medical, final expenses and other monetary damages recognized by applicable laws.

Source: greenvilleonline.com, "Coroner: Two dead in morning wreck on I-385", Elizabeth LaFleur & Tesalon Felicien, June 2, 2017

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