Accidental Fire Kills a Couple in Their Piedmont Home

An elderly couple died last week when their home caught aflame. The Coroner reports that the actual cause of death was due to smoke inhalation. The fire has since been ruled a tragic accident

The Greenville Fire Department was called to the scene of the accident around 12:15 a.m. They reported that the flames were upwards to 20 feet in the air when they arrived.

The couple was found upstairs, most likely attempting to escape the fire. It is believed by investigators that the fire began on the second floor, blocking the couple’s escape down the stairs.

Death can occur in an instant. Oftentimes, you don’t even get to say goodbye. Your world has just stopped, but everything seems to be happening all at once. You are devastated and don’t know what to do or where to turn. You have many questions but very few answers. People are asking you to make so many decisions when you are still trying to figure out what happened.

There is no greater loss than losing a loved one, but it is especially hard when you don’t have any warning. Someone else’s negligence can change your life forever in a fatal accident.

We are experienced wrongful death attorneys and are here to help get you through this nightmare and find those answers. We represent and protect those left behind. Contact us today at 803-548-4444 or toll free at 877-374-5999.

Woman Killed When Struck By SUV While Doing Lawn Work

A Greenville, SC woman was recently killed after she was hit by an SUV while raking leaves in her yard.  The Greenville County Deputy Coroner says that the driver of a Mercury SUV lost control and swerved into the 77-year-old woman’s yard at around 2:00 p.m. The police report that the SUV driver had been closely following another vehicle, over-corrected, hit a tree and struck the woman.

She had been working in the yard with her husband, who saw the vehicle approaching and yelled to his wife to flee. He was able to get out of the way; however, his wife was struck.  Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the hospital several hours later.

The South Carolina Wrongful Death Statute, S.C.Stat. Ann. 15-51-10 states as follows:

“whenever the death of a person shall be caused by the wrongful act or default of another and the act, neglect or default is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages in respect thereof, the person who would have been liable, if death had not ensued, shall be liable to an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured, although the death shall have been caused under such circumstances as make the killing in law a felony.  In the event of the death of the wrongdoer, such cause of action shall survive against her personal representative.”

If you or a loved one has been killed in an accident, you may be able to collect for Wrongful Death.  Contact the law offices of Reeves Aiken & Hightower for a consultation.  You can contact our South Carolina, Baxter Village Office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.  We know a death in the family can be traumatizing, and we are here to help you.

Chester Sky Diver is Killed When He Landed Too Hard

A man from Chester, SC died Sunday morning after a skydiving incident gone awry.

Authorities reported that the sky diver was killed when he landed too hard at an airport in Chester around 10:15 a.m. Sunday morning. The man was airlifted to Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, where he subsequently died. Sky Diving Accidents

According to the police reports, the accident was not caused by any malfunction of the plane. Moreover, it was unknown if the sky diver was diving alone, or if the victim had been diving in a group, or even perhaps the victim had been strapped to another sky diver during the jump.

The company that coordinated the dive was Skydive Carolina. It was reported additionally that there were no issues or problems with the parachute the diver was using, and no other equipment malfunctioned.

Thus, an investigation will be conducted to answer some of these unknown questions.

Being involved in any sort of accident can been devastating. Moreover, when someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, you often feel helpless and weak. You are confused, concerned, and scared of what may happen. Contacting an attorney is often times the best way to sift through some of these troublesome issues. Let us take this burden off of you. Contact the experienced personal injury and  wrongful death attorneys at Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower today. Call us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free and speak with one of our attorneys directly.


South Carolina Car Accident near Rock Hill Left Two Dead

Two Kershaw residents were killed over the weekend when they were involved in a crash that ended in fatality. According to the police report, a Kershaw mother and her child were travelling southbound on U.S. 1, while a pick up truck was travelling in the opposite direction.

The mother, who was 23-years-old, and her 2-year-old daughter were apparently driving a Camry sedan, when the truck driving in the opposite direction crossed over the center line and hit the mother and her child head on.

The truck driver was also a Kershaw resident, age 36, and was driving his Dodge pickup truck at the time of the accident.

Unfortunately, the young mother, as well as the passenger in the Dodge Truck both lost their lives due to the accident. However, the light at the end of the tunnel is that the 2-year-old child was strapped safely in her car seat, and survived the accident unscathed.

The accident is still currently under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.


Studies conducted in 2010 revealed that 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the U.S.  On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic collisions.  Road safety is a responsibility for all road users, drivers and pedestrians alike.  However, pedestrians can take extra precautions to ensure that the inherent vulnerability of walking around motor vehicles can be mitigated as much as possible.  If you are a pedestrian traveler, be sure stay visible to drivers by wearing bight and/or reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight.  Walk and stand clear of buses, hedges, parked vehicles, and other hazards before crossing.  

 When you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, the Personal Injury Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can be there to assist you on your path to recovery.  We can investigate all aspects of the accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.  

Single-Car Accident Kills One

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that a man was killed last month in a single-car accident, in which he was the passenger. The location of the accident was York, South Carolina.

The Troopers reported that the driver suddenly lost control of the truck and crashed it along Harrisburg Road, near McAlpine Circle. Both the driver and passenger were taken to the nearby hospital, but only the driver recovered. The passenger/victim sadly lost his life.

Currently, troopers are still investigating the accident.

The Rock Hill Wrongful Death Attorneys

In the State of South Carolina, wrongful death cases can arise from the following: fatal automobile accidents; bicycle and pedestrian accidents; trucking accidents; motorcycle accidents; nursing home abuse or neglect; and lastly, for on the job injuries.

The attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, are experienced wrongful death accident lawyers. They know the intricacies involved in these cases. We welcome the opportunity to sit down and personally discuss your case. Call us today for a private consultation at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free. Hire the best wrongful death attorneys with whom you have the most confidence in.