Many fatalities involving motor vehicle accidents are a result of an occupant being thrown from the vehicle during the crash. Being thrown from a vehicle often results in serious personal injury or death.
According to a recent news article from WFF4, the driver of a pickup truck was traveling on South Carolina State Highway 72 when he ran off the road. As the vehicle went off the road, the driver was ejected from the vehicle and thrown to the ground at a high rate of speed. Authorities say, as the driver was thrown from the vehicle, it overturned and crashed into the median.
First responders arrived at the scene to assess victim’s condition and provide immediate medical attention but realized the severity of his injuries after being ejected from the car. They immediately called for a medevac helicopter, which arrived and airlifted victim to the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. The County Coroner said victim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the level-one trauma center, as his injuries proved to be too severe for doctors to save his life.
At this point, South Carolina State Troopers responsible for conducting the investigation do not know the reason victim drove off the left side of the road, which ultimately led to his tragic death. The coroner said his office is scheduled to perform an autopsy to see if the examination provides any insight into what caused driver to lose control. An autopsy normally includes a complete toxicology screening, as well as an investigation into whether any medical problems caused driver to lose control of his vehicle. Accident investigators are also likely to check with the motor vehicle manufacturer to unlock the vehicle’s electronic data recorder (similar to airline “black box”) during the course of their investigation into what caused the deadly accident. There is no report of whether victim was wearing a seatbelt at the time of his death.
Regardless of the cause of this particular accident, our Spartanburg car accident lawyers would like to take this opportunity to urge all drivers and passengers in a motor vehicle to always wear a seat belt, and make sure the seat belt is adjusted, if possible, to make sure the strap is across occupant’s shoulder rather than his or her neck, which is extremely dangerous in a car accident. Those traveling with young children should always make sure their children are seated in a approved child safety seat or booster seat and traveling in the rear of the vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an executive agency that conducts surveys and compiles statistics involving car accidents, wants everyone to know that seat belts do work. According to recent data, less than 40 percent of children and adults who died in a car accident were properly restrained at the time of the accident. In other words, more than 60 percent of those who died in a car accident were not wearing a seatbelt or properly placed in a child safety seat. There is very little question that wearing a seatbelt makes car occupants significantly safer and it makes it highly improbable that an occupant will be ejected from a vehicle.
Contact the South Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
Coroner releases name of man thrown from truck in fatal crash, June 1, 2015, WYFF 4 News Spartanburg
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