A man from Pamplico, South Carolina has been charged with felony DUI after a fatal accident on Oct. 1 that left a Florance County, South Carolina woman dead.
South Carolina state troopers stated that the 30-year-old suspected drunk driver drove his vehicle left of center and slammed into another vehicle head-on.
The suspected drunk driver was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries.
Our personal injury attorneys in North Carolina hate to read about head-on crashes. We have handled many of these tragic accidents in personal injury lawsuits over the years, and the injuries are usually terrible, and frequently result in death.
Head-on crashes are the most dangerous type of accident because of the high speeds involved that are coming in opposite directions. Statistics suggest that only 2% of all accidents are head-on, but they account for more than 10% of all deaths.
The most frequent injuries in head-on accidents are spinal injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, and paralysis.
Studies indicate that approximately 6% of all head-on crashes happen by drivers passing when they should not. About 20% happen when the driver is going too fast and veers into the opposite lane. But about 63% of these accidents happen when the driver was going straight. Many of these crashes probably occur because the driver is either intoxicated or was distracted. Some of the drivers probably fell asleep behind the wheel.
In the above case, the report from the police suggests that the driver who caused this crash may have been intoxicated. It is tragic that so many people make the poor decision to drink and drive. Every day, some of these poor decisions result in the death of an innocent person.
The driver if he is convicted is going to face at least several years in state prison. If the devastated family of the deceased chooses, he also may be sued in civil court for causing the death of the other driver. Many people who lose their loved one in an accident due to another person’s negligence do not know that they can sue for financial compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.