Box Truck Causes Fatal Collision on I-20
If you have ever gone on a road trip or even commuted to work on the interstate, you know that feeling of fear when an 18-wheeler truck is nearby. Even if there is not much traffic, you will not feel safe until you are a good distance away from the nearest truck. Trucks are just so big; it is obvious to anyone riding in a car near a truck just how small you are in relation to them. The chances of a collision between an 18-wheeler and a car leading to fatalities or catastrophic injuries is much greater than the chances of such a disastrous outcome from a collision between two cars, regardless of the speed that the vehicles are traveling. Of course, the truck does not have to be huge to cause huge damage; getting hit by a small truck is still a lot worse than getting hit by a car. If you have suffered serious injuries in a traffic collision involving a truck of any size, contact a South Carolina truck accident lawyer.
Aiken Woman Dies After Box Truck Collides With Her Car
The accident happened in the early morning hours, just before sunrise, on Sunday, March 1. Beverly Ann Lloyd of Aiken was driving her 1996 Mazda 626, when traffic slowed down. Lloyd reduced her speed to avoid hitting the car in front of her. The 2017 box truck that was behind her did not slow down enough to avoid hitting her. This was no ordinary rear-end collision, though. The box truck struck the Mazda with such force that it ended up driving over the top of the car. The Mazda then spun out of control, veering into the next lane. Lloyd, despite wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle, and she died of her injuries at the scene. She was 51 years old.
The truck driver was also wearing a seatbelt, and he was not injured. The State did not publish the truck driver’s name. The accident caused the westbound lanes of I-20 to close for several hours.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits Related to Car Accidents
The families of people killed in truck accidents have the right to file wrongful death lawsuits against the truck driver that caused the accident or against the company that owns the truck involved in the accident. In the case of a rear-end collision, the rear driver’s negligence is a given, unless the rear driver or their representative can prove that the front driver did something unreasonable or dangerous that made it impossible for the front driver to avoid hitting them. In Lloyd’s case, it appears that the truck was following her at a high speed.
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A truck accident can upend your life in an instant, even if the truck was small. A Columbia car accident lawyer can help you recover damages to cover your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. Contact The Stanley Law Group for a consultation.