Moped Crash in Myrtle Beach Kills One
An accident involving a vehicle and a moped left one dead in Myrtle Beach Monday evening. According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the driver of the 2002 Lexus involved in the crash pulled out in front of the moped while attempting to cross U.S. 501, causing the moped to strike the side of the vehicle. The southbound lanes of U.S. 501 were shut down for approximately two hours while emergency crews responded to the accident. The driver of the Lexus was charged with failure to yield the right of way.
Two individuals were riding the moped at the time of the accident. An Horry County coroner identified 35-year-old Brandi Lee Haines as the deceased individual. Authorities are unsure of whether Haines was the driver or the passenger of the moped. The second rider was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. There are no current updates on the injured person’s condition.
We at the Lovely Law Firm would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Ms. Haines.
Bringing a Personal Injury Suit
To recover damages incurred as the result of a car accident, an injured person can bring a personal injury suit against the at-fault driver to recover “compensatory” damages, which are meant to compensate the injured party for losses incurred as a result of the accident. Common compensatory damages sought in personal injury suits include:
- Lost wages (including wages already lost due to the accident and earnings that the individual would have been able to make in the future, but for the accident)
- Medical bills (including reimbursement for costs already incurred and compensation for medical care that will be required in the future)
- Pain and Suffering (including that which has already occurred because of the accident and ongoing pain that will likely occur as a result of the accident)
- Emotional distress (including anxiety and other psychological effects of the accident)
- Property damage (including reimbursement for the damaged vehicle)
Bringing a Wrongful Death Claim
An individual who has lost an immediate family member in a car accident may choose to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver if the driver failed to follow a law (in the case above, yielding the right of way) and directly caused the individual’s death. Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit may include:
- Economic damages (including medical expenses, burial expenses, and lost wages)
- Non-economic damages (including damages for the surviving parties’ mental anguish due to the individual’s death and loss of companionship)
In addition to these damages, a wrongful death claim may also pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault driver for his conduct and deter such conduct from occurring again.
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Time is of the essence when bringing a personal injury or wrongful death claim, as there is generally a three-year statute of limitations for each type of lawsuit, some have less. If a personal injury or wrongful death claim has not been filed within this three-year period, a court will not consider either claim.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to an automobile accident, the dedicated auto 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.