Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident
A hit-and-run accident resulted in the death of a bicyclist in Myrtle Beach on February 2, 2016. 54-year-old Laurence Flanegan struck the bicyclist with his Toyota SUV on Holmestown Road, fleeing the scene. The bicyclist, who was identified as 55-year-old Vincent Gimeno, was transported to Grand Strand Medical Center following the accident, but died from traumatic injuries resulting from the crash.
Flanegan was charged with hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, driving too fast for conditions, and failure to acquire valid tags.
We at the Lovely Law Firm would like to extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of the victim.
Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
An individual who has lost a family member in a car accident may choose to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver. A driver who failed to follow a law which resulted in the death of another individual may be responsible for compensatory damages, including:
- Medical expenses;
- Burial expenses;
- Lost wages of the deceased victim;
- Mental anguish of the deceased party’s surviving family members; and
- Loss of companionship.
In addition to the damages mentioned above, an individual bringing a wrongful death claim may be awarded punitive damages if the at-fault driver’s behavior was especially reprehensible. Such damages seek to punish the at-fault driver for his or her actions and deter such conduct from occurring in the future.
Don’t Wait—Call Today!
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident and are contemplating filing a wrongful death claim, time is of the essence. South Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits, meaning that the claim must be filed within three years of the date of the individual’s death. Claims filed after this three-year period will not be heard by a court.
The dedicated personal injury attorneys Lovely Law Firm are happy to assist you in filing a wrongful death claim. To schedule a case evaluation at no charge, please call (843) 839-4111.