A U.S. soldier was involved in a vehicular accident on March 25 along Highway 76 in Sumter County. The 18-wheeler accident occurred just after 1:00 in the afternoon when the 40-year-old man was struck broadside by the semi while driving east in his 2007 Ford pickup truck. Despite wearing a seat belt, the soldier, who was stationed over at Shaw Air Force Base, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to early reports, it seems as if the log truck driver caused the accident by driving through a red light without stopping at the intersection. Though police indicated that the trucker disregarded the stop light, there was no word on whether or not the individual would face any charges.
Any traffic accident can be bad, but crashes involving 18-wheelers have the tendency to be especially dire. The disproportion of sheer mass involved in a collision between a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle alone can mean catastrophic injuries or even death for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. If the victim of such an accident survives, he or she may be overwhelmed by medical expenses and lose invaluable wages due to missed work hours, to say nothing of the pain and suffering that usually accompanies such injuries. Families who have lost a loved one to such a crash likewise face funeral expenses and immense grief.
When someone loses a loved one in a trucking accident, the trucking company’s insurance provider may try to make the lowest settlement possible in an effort to prevent paying out what is actually justified. Having an attorney who is experienced in both personal injury and wrongful death cases might help a person mount an aggressive case against a trucking company in order to secure compensation for his or her expenses.
Source: WISTV 10, “Soldier killed in accident outside Shaw Air Force Base,” Jeremy Turnage, March 25, 2013