Florence County Tractor Trailer Accident Kills One
77-year-old Lillie Mae Miller of Timmonsville, South Carolina was killed Thursday morning in a car accident involving a tractor-trailer in Florence. The SUV was struck in the passenger side by the tractor-trailer as the driver of the SUV was trying to make a U-turn. Miller died as a result of injuries incurred in the crash, and the driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital. The truck accident did not injure the truck driver.
Wrongful Death: An Overview
Ms. Miller’s survivors may be successful in bringing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in the accident. When an individual is killed due to another’s negligence or recklessness, the deceased’s survivors may be able to file a wrongful death claim, which seeks to compensate survivors for their loss. In South Carolina, wrongful death is defined as being caused by the “wrongful act, neglect, or default” of another individual.
Damages that can be sought in a wrongful death claim include lost wages, funeral expenses, and other financial losses. Damages may also be sought for the pain and suffering that the deceased experienced from the time of the accident occurred until the individual’s death. In addition, survivors may sue for additional noneconomic damages, such as loss of companionship and pain and suffering experienced by surviving family members.
A wrongful death claim can be initiated by a surviving spouse or child of the deceased, or the parents of the deceased if he or she had no spouse or children.
We at The Lovely Law Firm would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Ms. Miller’s family and loved ones.
Time is of the Essence
Individuals who are thinking of bringing a wrongful death claim for the loss of a loved one must act soon after the individual’s death, as there is a statute of limitations on bringing such a suit. South Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for a wrongful death action, meaning the suit must be filed within three years of the date of the individual’s death. It is imperative to file a wrongful death suit within this three-year period.
If you have a family member that was killed in an automobile accident and are contemplating filing a wrongful death claim, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at the Lovely Law Firm are here to assist you. To schedule a case evaluation at no charge, please call (843) 839-4111.