While many soldiers risk being killed or seriously wounded in war zones far from home, the United States Department of Defense has been warning returning soldiers and sailors that motorcycle and car accidents are a major cause of injury, and they should take extra precautions to stay safe on the road.
According to a recent news article from The Marine Corps Times, a United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal was killed in a single-vehicle car accident that occurred early Friday morning.
Authorities say the victim, who was stationed at Camp Lejeune, was driving his car at two in the morning at speeds of approximately 90 mph when his vehicle ran off the road and hit a building. First responders believe he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of his fatal accident. Authorities do not, however, believe alcohol was a factor in this tragic motor vehicle accident. The intersection at which this deadly accident occurred has been the source of other serious traffic accidents on numerous occasions.
Department of Defense officials stated victim joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2011 and was serving in a Marine Expeditionary Unit. He was a recipient of numerous awards and commendations, and the Marine Corps expressed their sympathy to the friends and family of the car accident victim.
As our Greenville car accident attorneys can explain, the fact that only a single vehicle was involved in a physical accident does not mean there is not a different at-fault driver who is actually responsible for the accident who may be found liable in a car accident negligence lawsuit.
In some cases, a driver will cut off another car, swerve into another lane of travel, or act in some other manner that makes others on the road take evasive action to avoid a collision. Sometimes, this occurs because the driver took his or her eyes off the road momentarily. Sometimes, it happens because the driver is drunk. Other times, a driver is swerving to avoid a hazardous condition in the roadway or to avoid hitting an animal. Regardless of the exact cause, if that driver causes another driver to take evasive action, and this evasive action results in a car accident, there may be grounds for filing a negligence-based car accident lawsuit.
If the at-fault driver stops his or vehicle and stays on the scene of the accident to speak with authorities, it is much easier to file a car accident lawsuit against that person, if appropriate. A problem presents itself when at-fault driver flees the scene of the accident or, in some cases, leaves without being aware his or her actions were responsible for an accident.
In these situations, the sooner you speak with an experienced car accident lawyer the better. Your attorney will be able send his or her investigator to the scene immediately to try to find out who was responsible for the collision. This can be done by speaking with witnesses and checking for cameras. While there is a decent chance there might be a camera, the recording will probably be erased automatically if your attorney does not take action to have it preserved.
Contact the South Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
Camp Lejeune Marine dies in car accident, Apr. 13, Marine Corps Times
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