Two Dead in Horry County Following Car Crash
A car crash in Horry County has resulted in the death of two individuals. The accident occurred Friday night on Jordanville Road when a Chevy pick-up truck failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a Dodge Charger, causing the Charger to catch on fire. 64-year-old Derrick James, Sr., the driver of the Charger, died at the scene of the accident. It is unknown at this time whether James was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The driver of the pick-up truck, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.
Following the accident, the 20-year-old victim passed away as a result of head injuries sustained in the crash.
We at the Lovely Law Firm would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims.
An Overview of Damages in a Personal Injury Claim
An individual who has been injured in a car accident may choose to file a personal injury suit against the at-fault driver. The purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to recover damages which resulted from the accident, including:
- Medical expenses (including hospital bills, medication, surgery expenses, and rehabilitation);
- Lost wages (both directly after the accident and loss of future earning capacity);
- Emotional distress (such as depression, anxiety, fear, or insomnia);
- Pain and suffering (both directly after the accident and in the future);
- Loss of consortium (including loss of companionship from a spouse or family members as a result of the accident); and
- Property damage to the vehicle involved in the accident.
In addition to these damages, which are referred to as “compensatory”, an individual may be able to seek punitive damages if the at-fault driver’s behavior was particularly egregious. Such damages seek to punish the at-fault driver for his or her actions and deter such behavior from happening in the future.
Damages Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If an at-fault driver failed to follow a law and directly caused an individual’s death, a family member of the deceased can file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver for wrongful death. Damages in a wrongful death suit can include:
- Economic damages, including lost wages, medical expenses, and funeral costs;
- Non-economic damages, including emotional distress of the surviving parties due to the individual’s death and loss of companionship; and
- Punitive damages, if the at-fault driver’s conduct is so reprehensible that it warrants punishment to deter such conduct from occurring again.
Don’t Wait—Let Us Help You Today!
Time is of the essence when bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim. South Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations, meaning a lawsuit must be filed within three years from the date of the accident. If the claim has not been filed within this three-year period, a court will not consider the claim.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident and are contemplating initiating a lawsuit for damages, the dedicated car accident attorneys at the Lovely Law Firm are here to help. To schedule a case evaluation at no charge, please call (843) 839-4111.