Gray Court, SC (October 30, 2023) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed that 37-year-old Michael Joshua Ballengee of Enoree, South Carolina, lost his life as a result of the pedestrian accident that occurred in Lawrence County.
Highway Patrol officials responded to the scene of the crash at around 6:30 a.m. on October 28.
According to reports provided by Highway Patrol troopers, a Kia was traveling westbound on South Carolina Highway 14. As the vehicle proceeded through the intersection of Back Street, it struck the pedestrian.
The pedestrian sustained severe injuries due to the crash. Authorities subsequently pronounced the victim deceased.
At this time, the South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.
Our sympathies go out to the family of Michael Joshua Ballengee at this time.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in South Carolina
Fatal pedestrian accidents are especially devastating. Statistics provided by authorities indicate that approximately three pedestrians are killed every week as a result of traffic accidents in our state. This has gained South Carolina the rank of being the third most dangerous in the country, based on 2022 statistics. Unfortunately, we can see innocent people lose their lives as a result of fatal collisions.
The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one can be incredibly challenging to deal with. Many families struggle mentally, emotionally, and financially as a result of these accidents. In many cases, families turned to wrongful death lawyers to help them protect their rights and get justice.
After the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one, bereaved families have the ability to file wrongful death claims against the responsible parties. These legal actions can help families get the financial resources needed to cover many of the losses and damages that they face. Having a strong case against the defendant is vital. There are several types of evidence that will be used in the wrongful death claim following the loss of your loved one. This will include:
- Any statements provided by people who witnessed the accident occur
- The police report that was compiled by the responding officer
- Medical reports from any doctors or surgeons who treated your loved one
- Medical examiner reports following the autopsy to determine the cause of death
- Any financial statements related to lost earning capacity
- Testimony from experts to show what caused the accident to occur
To ensure you have the strongest evidence possible, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation as soon as possible after the loss of your loved one.
At Ted Greve & Associates, our team of experienced car accident lawyers in South Carolina understands the pain families go through during such difficult times. We are committed to providing compassionate support and fighting for justice on your behalf. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers will work together with you to handle your case as efficiently and effectively as possible. We will guide you through the legal process while advocating for fair compensation from insurance companies or other parties involved. Let our team help ease some of your burden by scheduling a free consultation with our law firm at (800) 693-7833 today.