DUI Driver Causes Fatal Car Accident After Driving the Wrong Way
A man was arrested and charged with felony DUI for causing a fatal car accident on Sunday, February 23rd on Interstate 20.
Reportedly, Jessie Samuels was driving the wrong way down the interstate, which led to the fatal car accident. South Carolina Highway patrol officers also believe that Samuels was intoxicated at the time, leading to the felony DUI charges.
According to police reports, Samuels and a passenger were driving the wrong way down I-20 around 5:45 AM on Sunday. Samuels’s Ford F150 Pickup struck another vehicle, a 1996 GMC Sonoma, driven by Donald Jerome Ford.
After the car accident, Ford was transported to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where he died of his injuries.
Samuels and his passenger were also transported to Palmetto Health Richland, and their conditions are not known. Reportedly, Samuels was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Car Accident and Wrongful Death Litigation in South Carolina
A car accident can transform a routine drive into a life-changing catastrophe. Every year, thousands of drivers end up in a South Carolina car wreck, and on average about 800 of them will lose their lives.
Typical causes of car accidents include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, automobile defect, failed maintenance, failing to be careful, speeding, running stops signs or stop lights, failing to yield the right of way, not paying attention because of using cell phone or PDA, adjusting radio or DVD player, or eating while driving.
If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death. Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one. Common wrongful death claims arise as a result of a:
- tractor trailer accident,
- automobile accident,
- burn injury,
- brain injury,
- motorcycle accident,
- construction site accident,
- defective product,
- toys or childrens’ product,
- medical malpractice claim,
- nursing home neglect and abuse, or an
- injury sustained while working on the job.
A South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for:
- medical bills and funeral expenses
- loss of income
- loss of consortium and loss of support.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Car Accident Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, whether from a defective product or in a car accident, you may have a wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800