A collision between a church van and a pickup truck just outside of Loris, South Carolina (SC), left five people seriously injured and one woman dead. The fatal March 24, 2015, collision occurred at the intersection of the Highway 9 Bypass and Highway 747 in the northeast section of Horry County. Police determined that the driver of the passenger van caused the deadly crash by running a stop sign while going east on 747 and attempting to cross the larger four-lane divided Highway 9.
The deceased woman got ejected from the van and succumbed to her injuries after being transported to a hospital. Three of the surviving passengers were also in the church transport, while two other crash victims had been riding in the pickup.
The specific traffic violation cited against the van driver is failure to yield. It carries just a statutory fine in South Carolina, meaning that unless investigators later discover evidence of malice or recklessness, the at-fault driver will not face serious legal consequences.
The injured passengers and the family of the woman who died in the wreck, however, may want to seek financial compensation for medical expenses, emotional suffering and other losses and damages by filing civil claims. Depending on the exact circumstances of the crash, the insurance coverages for the driver and church, the condition of the van itself and the state of the intersection, various claims could be brought against multiple responsible parties.
Taking such considerations is probably too difficult for the victims so soon after their accident. When the overwhelming shock and grief pass, though, the injured passengers and loved ones of the deceased woman should think about contacting an experienced Carolina personal injury and wrongful death attorney for a free consultation.