A head-on collision involved an alleged wrong-way driver on early Saturday, January 10, according to a spokesperson for the Columbia Police Department. The accident happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. when a vehicle was eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 126 near Greystone Boulevard. The vehicle then struck another car head-on.
Serious Injury Reported
A passenger in the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction was seriously injured, according to the police department spokesperson. As a result, the passenger required transport to an area hospital. There was no information initially available about this person’s condition. There was also no immediate report of any possible injuries sustained by individuals in the other vehicle.
Felony DUI Charge
Police took the alleged wrong-way motorist, a 42-year-old female, into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence. She was subsequently charged with felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury. As of the afternoon of Saturday, January 10, she was being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
South Carolina state law allows those injured due to the other individual’s negligence to seek redress in the state’s civil courts. Although the investigation into this particular accident is still ongoing, drunk driving often constitutes negligent conduct under the state’s civil statutes.
When someone incurs injury because of another’s negligence, monetary damages are possible. Civil litigation may seek compensation for incurred medical expenses, pain and suffering, possible lost wages and other losses. In some cases, negligent party’s insurer and the complainant may reach agreement without a trial.
If you or a loved one suffers injury in an accident, it is possible to review the legal implications with Columbia car accident attorneys that focus on relevant areas of South Carolina personal injury law. Scheduling of a no-charge consultation is possible. Such a consultation is without obligation, and it is fully confidential. To learn more, please contact us.