Wrongful Death Claims After an Auto Accident


Columbia car accidents are all too common, claiming the lives of Richland County families. In fact, 1,025 people were killed on South Carolina roads in 2020 – even with travel restrictions and many employees working from home.

Now, as we approach summertime, the number of car accident reports and roadway fatalities is expected to rise along with the temperature. The months to come are often referred to as the “100 Deadly Days of Summer,” starting with Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to eased COVID restrictions, many Americans are expected to hit the road, perhaps making this summer a particularly dangerous one.

At David Taylor Law, your car accident law firm in Columbia, our team is always here to serve you, no matter the season. If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident and wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Think of our car accident lawyers as your personal representatives, holding the at-fault driver accountable and seeking the compensation your family deserves. Here’s what you should know about filing a wrongful death claim in South Carolina:

Who Qualifies to Receive Compensation After a Fatal Auto Accident?

The following people may be eligible for compensation in a wrongful death suit:

  • Immediate surviving family members, including:
    • Wife or husband
    • Child(ren) of the deceased
    • If there is a spouse and children, the settlement will be divided. The spouse will receive half and the children will split the rest. Note: If the children are minors, they will not receive their portion of the settlement until they are legally adults.
  • If there is no spouse or children, then the parent or parents of the deceased; or
  • If there are no parents, then the deceased’s heirs

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?

Losing a loved one is devastating, especially when it occurs unexpectedly in a car accident. If another driver’s negligence was to blame, our car accident attorneys in Columbia will help you seek justice on your loved one’s behalf. We will handle all communication with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, allowing you to mourn your loved one in peace.

A wrongful death claim in South Carolina provides financial compensation to the deceased’s surviving family members to help ease the burden of their sudden loss. You may receive compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of emotional support and companionship
  • Loss of financial support
  • Property damage

David Taylor Law is Here to Help You Recover

If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, trust our team of car accident lawyers in Columbia. We will walk beside you through those first difficult days and weeks, offering guidance and support every step of the way.

Here at David Taylor Law, our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of cases – including Workers’ Compensation, personal injury and more. To learn more about filing a wrongful death claim in South Carolina or to schedule your free consultation, get in touch today.