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Accidents can be fatal even when one of the vehicles involved is moving at a relatively slow rate of speed.  Such was the case this week in Spartanburg County, South Carolina when a 29-year-old man from Greer was killed on Highway 101 when car attempting a left turn onto the highway suddenly entered the path of the man’s motorcycle.  Violently ejected from the motorcycle, and not wearing a helmet, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead from injuries suffered as a result of the collision.  No charges have been made, but the accident is under investigation.  If negligent, reckless, or intentionally wrongful conduct on the part of the driver of the car resulted in the motorcyclist’s death, the motorcyclist’s immediate family may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car.  In bringing such a suit, the family would benefit from the services of an experienced South Carolina wrongful death lawyer.

All South Carolinians Owe A Duty Of Safe Driving To One Another

When any person in South Carolina gets behind the wheel of a car and enters the stream of traffic, he or she owes a duty of safe driving to all other drivers, pedestrians, and property owners.  In discharging this duty, a person must follow the rules and regulations of the road.  If a person breaches this duty, whether intentionally or by accident, he or she may, in addition to facing restrictions on driving privileges, be held accountable for damage caused to persons or property by his or her conduct.

When To Consider A Wrongful Death Lawsuit When A Loved One Has Been Lost To An Auto Accident

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action.  It is a claim of liability against a person or entity for the death of a person, almost always brought by the close relatives of the deceased.  Long ago, the law provided that all legal claims held by a person were extinguished upon his or death.  Fortunately, this is no longer the case, and South Carolina allows those family members who have survived the wrongful death of a loved one to seek various forms of compensation.  These forms include economic losses such as wages that would have been earned by the deceased had they not been wrongfully killed, as well medical and funeral expenses, loss of unrealized inheritance and support services, and mental anguish.  In some case, where the wrongful conduct is especially egregious, punitive damages may also be awarded.  If your loved one has been killed as a result of the wrongful conduct of another, reach out to a compassionate, confidential, and diligent lawyer at the Dan Pruitt Law Firm.  While we can’t undo the wrong that has been visited upon your family, we will work to seek justice.

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