According to news reports, a car crash in South Carolina killed a 60-year-old man who allegedly drove his car into the path of another car as he was pulling out of a driveway yesterday afternoon.
Most of us tend to think of driveways as places of relative safety. If asked to envision a car crash, we are likely to picture it happening on a multi-lane highway with vehicles speeding on, or at a busy intersection where drivers may fail to pay attention to the right of way.
In reality, according to a study released by Progressive Insurance in 2005, most car accidents occur close to the crash victim’s home. And “close” really means close: 52% of the crashes reported in that study happened within 5 miles of home. Almost a quarter of the reported accidents occurred within one mile of home.
Especially when pulling out of their own residence’s driveway, drivers may be less alert than in other driving situations. Seeing the same surroundings, they may be lulled into a false sense of security, and not pay as much attention to what is happening around them.
Motorists, pedestrians, or cyclists injured in Carolina car accidents caused by another person’s negligence have the right to file a civil suit in order to be compensated financially for their medical bills, for any wages they may have lost as a result of the accident, as well as for the pain and suffering they experienced. In addition, when people are killed as a result of someone else’s negligent behavior, their estate or their surviving family members may bring a wrongful death suit against the person responsible.