Five people were seriously injured in an extremely violent crash in a Lancaster County, SC neighborhood on Wednesday evening when a Toyota Camry veered off Country Club Drive and hit a ditch, istock-car on sidesubsequently going airborne tumbling into a yard.

The car slammed into a man’s pick-up truck, thrusting two people from the car.  The car was smashed, and a man at the scene could not get people out of the car.  The people who witnessed the crash called 911, and neighbors began to emerge from their homes.

Troopers say a 21-year-old man was driving the car when he lost control and veered from the road, ejecting himself and an 18-year-old from the car.  Also injured was a 20-year-old man, another younger teenager, and a 17-month-old-baby.

Under South Carolina law, it is up to the fact finder to determine who was more at fault.  Under the theory of ” modified comparative negligence,” the law states that whomever is more at fault, will not be able to recover, and whomever is less, so long as they are suing as the plaintiff, should have no serious issue recovering for pain and suffering either directly from the defendant, or their insurance company. Here, the driver of the car may be found to be at fault for all of the injuries sustained in the crash, as long as someone in the car did not pull the wheel or did something that would make the driver less at fault than 50%.

An auto accident can change your life forever in an instant. If you are on the road, you are at risk. We see it everyday. Someone is going too fast, not paying attention to the road, or is on their cell phone texting. Others are impaired or otherwise unsafe to drive, whether from alcohol or drugs. Sadly, you or your family member can be seriously injured or killed even if you do everything right. Fortunately, the trial lawyers of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP are experienced auto accident attorneys who practice personal injury law and can help.

If you or someone close to you has been involved in a serious accident such as this one, know your rights.  Call the personal injury firm of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP.  You can reach our South Carolina office at 803-548-4444, or call us toll-free at 877-374-5999.