Three passengers in an SUV died when the driver of the SUV in which they were riding lost control, ran across the median of I-77 in Richland County, South Carolina (SC), and collided with two cars that had been traveling in the opposite direction. The deadly head-on collision happened shortly before 6 pm on October 13, 2016.
News reports do not indicate why the SUV's driver ended up going the wrong way on the interstate north of Columbia. The person may have become distracted by a phone or GPS device. Other possible explanations include falling asleep at the wheel, impairment by drugs or alcohol, poorly maintained tires and other equipment, or an untreated medical condition. If any of those reasons are named by investigators as the cause of the crash that also injured one of the drivers of the cars hit by the out-of-control SUV, the person driving the SUV would be considered negligent under civil law.
A finding of negligence would allow the family members of the deceased passengers to file wrongful death claims against the insurance policy of the at-fault SUV driver. This could happen even though the SUV driver also died in the crash. The same is true for the innocent driver who suffered injuries. Insurance coverage remains in effect until all legitimate claims are resolved.
Consulting with a knowledgeable and experienced Carolina wrongful death attorney and personal injury lawyer would help the victims of this wreck understand how to deal with the insurance company of an at-fault driver who is no longer able to provide information regarding claims.