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December 10, 2021

Columbia, SC – Passenger Dies in Head-On Crash on I-26

Columbia, SC (December 10, 2021) – A head-on collision in Columbia on Thursday evening, December 9, left one person dead and two others injured. At around 9 p.m, the fatal crash was reported on Interstate 26 near mile marker 84. 

A 17-year-old driver was reportedly traveling westbound on the interstate in a Honda. The driver was reportedly struck by an 84-year-old motorist headed east in the westbound lanes. Both drivers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of sustained injuries. 

A passenger in the second vehicle sustained fatal injuries in the impact. The deceased party was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by responding medical personnel. They were later pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

An ongoing crash investigation is being managed by local law enforcement officials. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Deadly Head-On Collisions in South Carolina

Columbia, SC - Passenger Dies in Head-On Crash on I-26

Head-on collisions are more likely to result in fatal injuries than other types of car crashes. With a fatality rate of over 58%, head-on collisions are among the deadliest possible. Despite accounting for less than 2% of all reported traffic accidents, they are responsible for more than 10% of all road deaths each year. Careless or distracted drivers frequently merge into opposing lanes of traffic, and when a motorist merges into opposing traffic, they risk colliding head-on with another driver. Even at low speeds, these collisions can be fatal.

If you have lost a loved one in a deadly car crash, a wrongful death claim can potentially offer you some sort of financial compensation. In South Carolina, you must understand who can file a claim and when a wrongful death claim is appropriate. Under the wrongful death statute, a wrongful death lawsuit is appropriate when an at-fault party was the direct cause of the victim’s death. The claim, which is an attempt to establish the defendant’s negligence, should be filed with a representative of the deceased party. 

Car Crash Lawyers in Columbia

The personal injury attorneys at Monge & Associates Injury and Accident Lawyers are committed to pursuing full compensation on behalf of family members who have lost a loved one as a result of another party’s negligence or wrongful acts. Regardless of the nature of your claim, a wrongful death lawyer in Columbia will walk you through the entire legal process. After a fatal accident, we want to help grieving families get the compensation they deserve while also holding the at-fault party accountable.

Call a personal injury lawyer in Columbia today at 800-421-0174 if you have lost a loved one in a fatal house fire caused by someone else’s negligence.

Note: Our writers used secondary sources when creating this accident news post. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident, therefore, if there is any information that is incorrect, contact Monge & Associates immediately. We will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  We will remove a post if requested. 

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