Our hearts go out to the friends and family with the passing of an 18-year-old female in Charleston, SC. In the early hours of August 7th, 2022, William Jerod Grant was operating a Kia Sedan while under the influence of an illegal substance.
“Investigators from Charleston County Sheriffs Office’s Traffic Services Unit determined that a Kia Sedan was westbound on Highway 78 when it crossed into the eastbound lanes and into the grass shoulder, where it struck the pedestrian walking westbound,” as stated by Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Andrew Knapp.
Grant, age 38, of Summerville, SC, was charged with driving on the wrong side of the road, violation of beginner’s permit, and multiple drug charges.
42,915 people died in crashes in the United States in 2021, compared to 38,824 in 2020. This highlights a year-over-year increase in motor vehicle fatalities.
Each case has its own individual facts about what happened. There is an extensive investigation performed by local authorities, insurance companies involved and legal representatives after a fatal wreck, to establish these facts. Questions are asked such as, who is involved, what were these individuals doing at the time of the incident, were drugs or alcohol involved, road conditions (raining, nighttime), etc. There are usually criminal charges associated with these accidents of vehicular manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, or claims of murder.
The activity of the driver, the understanding of the charges, and the driving history of those involved determine which criminal charge is issued.
If you are seeking compensation for the death of a loved one, a civil suit is needed. These cases can be complicated due to the seriousness of the matter. It is best to have legal counsel on your side from start to finish. This will help you better understand, be prepared on what to do to protect your case, and help fight for the compensation due.
The process of a civil suit against the responsible party is where the family or trustee of the deceased is seeking compensation for the loss of their loved one. This is a separate matter that is not connected to the criminal charges.
There will never be enough compensation to replace the life of a loved one. There are ranges as to what cases have been settled for. As a reference in 2018, Attorney Alan M. Feldman and associated partners reached a verdict of $160,000,000.00 in a Wrongful Death Case, which is reported to be within the top 100 settlements of that year.
Armada Law provides legal assistance with no charge to help analyze what you will need to do to protect your rights and those of the remaining family members and dependents. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, please contact the attorneys at Armada Law for a free consultation.