A 19-year-old man died after a truck accident near Charleston, South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the young man was making a left turn when his vehicle was struck by a logging truck. Responders airlifted the teenage driver to Carolina Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. It is unknown whether the 62-year-old male truck driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained any injuries.
Truck accidents like this can happen at any time, and when they do, lives can be at stake. A collision between a truck and a smaller vehicle can result in very serious and sometimes fatal injuries. In this accident, the victim's life was suddenly cut short, leaving the family to mourn their terrible loss. In addition to grieving, the family suffers the financial impact of the victim's death, particularly the funeral expenses.
Trucking is a commercial necessity in the United States, but truck drivers need to remember that their vehicles are far bigger and heavier than just about any other vehicle on the road. Damages and injuries caused by a single truck accident can be massive.
The victim of a truck accident-or the family of the deceased victim-may wish to consult an attorney to determine whether a personal injury or a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against a negligent party. In this case, it is not clear who, if anyone, is at fault. If it is proven that the truck driver's negligence resulted in the young man's death, the driver and the trucking company may be held liable for the man's death.
Source: Charlotte Observer, "Chester Teen Injured in Crash with Logging Truck Dies," Jonathan McFadden, Oct. 18, 2013