Over the past few days, media has been reporting about recent Oconee automobile accidents cause personal injury. As a personal injury attorney who handles cases across the upstate of South Carolina (my offices are located in Greenville, S.C.), it is distressing to see such tragedies occur on our roads and highways. The roads in South Carolina, including the upstate, are filled with bad drivers.
Moreover, automobile accidents are a leading cause of personal injury and death throughout South Carolina and across the United States.
First, media is reporting an automobile accident that caused a 75 year old upstate woman to perish from personal injury sustained in the accident. This automobile accident occurred in Oconee County, South Carolina near Salem, S.C. The Oconee County Coroner’s Office informed news outlets that a vehicle driven by a husband and wife was rear-ended while it was attempting to make a left turn. This automobile accident occurred on Thursday, June 18th, 2015, at 11:10am. The woman in the vehicle died two days later from personal injury sustained in the automobile accident. This automobile accident clearly sounds like a case of the at-fault driver failing to pay attention and subsequently slamming into the back of the vehicle in which the victim was riding. But a law enforcement investigation will have to provide the final conclusions as to exactly what happened in the car wreck.
In a second automobile accident, this time again in Oconee County, a pick-up truck apparently left the road and hit a tree killing an occupant in the truck. Media is reporting that the accident happened around 7:30pm on Pickens Highway near Snead Road. The South Carolina Highway Patrol informed media that there were two passengers in the truck. The driver was transported by air transportation to Greenville Memorial Hospital with serious personal injuries. Media is also reporting that the front seat passenger was taken by ambulance with non-life threatening personal injuries. According to authorities, the back seat passenger died from blunt force trauma to the head. The Oconee County Coroner’s Office determined that the cause of death was accidental.