A North Carolina man died in a head-on collision when another driver crossed an interstate median in Berkeley County, South Carolina (SC), early in the morning of May 23, 2016. The fatal crash occurred on I-26 near the town of Ridgeville.
According to State Highway Patrol investigators, the at-fault driver lost control of his double-wheel truck near mile marker 187. It is currently unclear why the truck went into the median and ended up in the path of traffic on the other side of the highway. The person behind the wheel of the farm or construction vehicle may have fallen asleep or experienced a medical problem. It is also possible that the heavy pickup truck ran out of control when a poorly maintained piece of equipment failed.
Any of those explanations would probably leave the driver liable for settling insurance claims and paying wrongful death damages. Drivers have legal duties to remain alert and in control at all times. Those duties extend to keeping their vehicles in proper repair, and they are not automatically excused due to ill health. Failing to meet one's duties as a safe and responsible driver constitutes negligence, which is the standard for being found liable in civil legal actions.
My Carolina wrongful death attorney colleagues and I send our deepest condolences out to the friends and family members of the man killed in this Berkeley County, SC, accident.