A police officer that was involved in a Bishopville fatal car accident has been put on paid administration leave, according to the Bishopville Police Chief at a press conference on January 19. The 25-year-old police officer was traveling north on US 15 on January 17 in her patrol car with her lights on, but no siren, when she collided with another vehicle driven by a 24-year-old man heading southbound.
The 24-year-old driver was killed in the collision. The police officer suffered injuries in the collision and was treated at Tuomey Medical Center. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team. The Bishopville Police Chief did not comment on whether it was protocol for officers to have their lights on but no sirens at the press conference, due to an internal investigation.
Losing a loved one in a car accident can be extremely difficult and can cause loss of wages for surviving family members. Accidents are often caused by the mistakes or recklessness of drivers, due to distractions or errors on the road. Common causes of South Carolina car accidents include:
- Not being aware of surroundings- When drivers do not take the time to look in their mirrors and pay attention to cars around them, they can cause serious traffic accidents.
- Distractions behind the wheel- Many drivers today are distracted with cell phones, GPS devices or other activities while driving, when their focus should be on operating their vehicle.
- Speeding or other illegal maneuvers- Drivers that do not obey speed limits and other rules of the road can easily cause accidents with other motor vehicles.
If a negligent driver has injured you or a loved one, it is important to have an attorney by your side that can help you get fair compensation for medical bills and other damages.
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