One Driver Dies After Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-26
Car accidents can happen anywhere, but truck accidents are more likely to happen on interstate highways and other major roads without traffic lights. This is because, during any given trip, trucks spend most of the time on these kinds of roads. When they do pull off of the road, it is usually at rest areas, service plazas, and other places specifically designed with 18-wheelers in mind. Of course, on roads without traffic lights, the traffic tends to travel at higher speeds, which increases the risk of serious injuries or fatalities in a collision, no matter the size of the vehicles involved. Therefore, truck accidents on highways are a perfect storm for multi-vehicle crashes involving multiple fatalities. If you have been affected by a catastrophic truck accident, contact a South Carolina truck accident lawyer.
Multi-Vehicle Pile-Up in Berkeley County Shuts Down All Westbound Lanes
The accident happened near mile marker 187 of I-26 in Berkeley County. A Freightliner tractor trailer rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu, and the impact caused a chain reaction collision. The Malibu struck a Ford Ranger, which then collided with a Nissan Altima. Then the Altima crashed into a Ford Van, which collided with a Peterbilt tractor trailer before sliding off the road and overturning.
Jeremy Myers of Huger, the driver of the Malibu, died at the scene of the accident. He was 46 years old. The drivers and passengers in the other vehicles were transported to nearby hospitals, where they received treatment for injuries sustained in the crash. All of the people involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts.
Determining Liability in Multi-Vehicle Pile-Ups
If you get injured in a truck accident, you will eventually get an offer from the insurance companies of parties deemed responsible for the accident. If there are multiple vehicles involved, determining which driver bears what fraction of the fault for the accident can be a complex process. If the chain reaction accident starts with a rear-end collision, the assumption is that the rear driver bears most or all of the fault for the accident. If a truck caused the accident, the company that owns the truck is legally responsible for any damage caused by the truck.
Insurance companies rarely offer you enough money upfront, at least not if you define “enough” as an amount that will reimburse you for all your accident-related medical expenses and all the income you missed out on when you were unable to work because of your injuries. Therefore, you should not sign the settlement offer; instead, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer can negotiate for a better settlement for you and, if appropriate, can help you file a lawsuit.
Contact Us Today for Help
A Columbia car accident lawyer can help you recover damages to cover your medical bills and lost income if you suffered serious injuries in a multi-vehicle accident involving a commercial truck. Contact The Stanley Law Group for help with your case.