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Motor vehicle accidents may result from disregarding stop signs

Two individuals tragically lost their lives in a South Carolina car crash recently. Meanwhile, four other people, including a teenager, suffered injuries in the collision. These types of motor vehicle accidents may happen if a driver is careless, which is grounds for litigation.

The accident took place at a street intersection at about 3:30 p.m. According to police, a 24-year-old man was driving an SUV and failed to stop at a stop sign. As a result, a 15-year-old girl driving another car crashed into driver's side of the man's vehicle.

Both of the automobiles left the roadway, and the SUV ended up overturning. A 26-year-old man was riding in the SUV's back seat and was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Meanwhile, the driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital and ended up passing away there as well. Three other individuals riding in the SUV suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital. The teenager was also hurt and transported to a medical center.

The surviving loved ones of the SUV's back seat passenger may choose to file a wrongful death claim, while the injured parties may decide to file personal injury claims. Although the man who reportedly caused the accident by disregarding the stop sign ended up passing away, his estate may still be named in a lawsuit. In addition, anybody else who owned the SUV may be sued. A preponderance of the evidence is required to establish liability before the civil court in South Carolina. A successfully fought lawsuit may lead to a monetary damage award that may help with addressing burial costs, hospital bills and other losses related to these kinds of motor vehicle accidents.

Source: thestate.com, "Aiken County, SC 15-year-old in hospital, 2 dead from car crash", Noah Feit, Dec. 20, 2017

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