Driving is a necessity for many in South Carolina. We depend on our ability to drive to get to work, run errands, take the kids to school and more. However, the roads in South Carolina are not always safe, and there is always the possibility that you will be struck by another driver. In fact, South Carolina is among the states with the most motor vehicle fatalities in 2020.
South Carolina ranked fourth in the nation for motor vehicle fatalities in 2020. In 2020 the state saw 1,025 motor vehicle fatalities. In comparison, 2019 saw only 985 motor vehicle fatalities — a 4% difference. Interestingly enough, the number of drunk driving arrests in 2020 saw a downturn of 14% compared to 2019.
Pursuing a legal claim following a motor vehicle fatality
Losing a loved one in a car crash is never easy for anyone, especially knowing the accident likely could have been prevented had due care been exercised. When this happens, the victim’s survivors may want to pursue a wrongful death claim. Under South Carolina law, if a person dies due to the wrongful act, neglect or default of another, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim’s survivors.
Learn more about wrongful death claims
Losing a loved one in a car crash caused by a negligent driver can be devastating, and it is only natural that you would want to hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions. Ultimately this post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those interested in learning more about their rights following a fatal car crash are encouraged to visit our firm’s website for further information.