Media reports that on Saturday, an I-26 accident claimed life of 67-year-old North Carolina woman. She and her husband were traveling west in a GMC Yukon when her husband, driving an SUV, ran off the road and hit a guardrail. According to the media, the fatal collision occurred at mile marker 45 westbound shortly before 3 p.m. The victim was a passenger in the right front seat and died from injuries sustained in the crash.
She died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. According to the coroner’s office, her husband was injured and taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He has since been treated and released, hospital officials say.
The accident happened at about 2:57 p.m. Saturday and the SUV was the only vehicle involved. All lanes were blocked for a period of time due to the crash.
There was no word as to why the Yukon left the paved roadway and struck the guardrail. And there was no mention of whether the driver was acting in a negligent or careless manner. This traffic fatality, though, is a tragedy. South Carolina Highway Patrol MAIT will investigate the case to determine what likely happened.
Drivers leave the roadway for many reasons-some reasons are acceptable, reasonable reactions to a danger in front of them; while other reasons are due to carelessness, inattention, or driver distraction.
Sometimes a driver leaves the roadway due to inattention. On other occasions, a driver may leave the roadway due to being a prudent driver trying or attempting to evade another reckless driver that may change lanes suddenly. I have seen cases involving an animal or a pedestrian running out in front of a car, suddenly causing a driver to take evasive action and thereafter losing control of the vehicle.
Moreover, when a driver is at fault-or simply negligent-for leaving the roadway and a fatality ensues, the handling of the claim can involve two courts-Probate Court and Common Pleas court. So an automobile accident involving wrongful death can be a very complex case to handle.