Close Menu
Personal Injury Lawyers That Truly Care click here How much is my case worth?
Columbia Personal Injury Attorney > Blog > Car Accident > One Death, Two Injuries In Greenville County Crash

One Death, Two Injuries In Greenville County Crash


Observers believe that driver fatigue may have caused a serious crash that killed one person and injured two others, including a 3-year-old child.

Troopers said a 2005 Toyota Sedan crossed the centerline, left the road, and smacked into a tree on an isolated stretch of Gum Tree Road. The 25-year-old driver was injured and taken to the hospital. A passenger was killed in the crash and a 3-year-old was injured and taken to the hospital, according to the report.

No other details were available.

Passenger Injuries

Injured passengers have the same legal and financial rights as injured drivers. However, before proceeding to the merits of the case, passenger injuries often involve some emotional issues that a Columbia car accident attorney must deal with.

Injured passengers in single-car collisions almost always know the tortfeasor (negligent driver). Because of this relationship, they often don’t want to “blame” the tortfeasor for the “accident.” They also don’t want the tortfeasor to suffer financially because of the crash.

These feelings are especially strong if a government or private health insurance company might pay most or all of the victim’s medical bills.

Right off the bat, personal injury claims don’t blame anyone for anything. These claims simply compel people to take responsibility for the mistakes they make. We all make mistakes, and we should all face the music in these situations.

Additionally, most car wrecks aren’t accidents. Driver error, like severe fatigue, causes about 98 percent of the car wrecks in South Carolina.

Furthermore, tortfeasors aren’t financially responsible for crashes, at least in most cases. Typically, an auto insurance company pays all crash-related expenses, such as legal fees and compensation to injured parties.

More than likely, the insurance company will raise the tortfeasor’s premiums or even cancel coverage. However, these things probably would have happened whether or not anyone filed a legal action.

Driver Fatigue

Once these emotional issues are dealt with, a Columbia personal injury attorney can focus on the legal nuts and bolts of an injury claim.

Driver fatigue is one of the most common kinds of driver impairment. Drivers have a duty of care to be well-rested and otherwise fit to drive before they get behind the wheel. Drowsiness clearly breaches this duty of care.

Biologically, driving while fatigued is a lot like driving while intoxicated. Both conditions impair motor skills and cloud judgment ability. Furthermore, there’s no quick fix for either kind of driver impairment. Only time cures intoxication, and only sleep cures fatigue.

Shortcuts, like drinking coffee, don’t address issues like poor judgment and slow reactions. They just help people feel more alert for a little while.

Direct evidence is admissible in these claims. For example, many tortfeasors tell witnesses and/or first responders that they were sleepy, or even that they fell asleep behind the wheel.

These claims often have plentiful circumstantial evidence, such as the time of day or night and the tortfeasor’s medical history. Many people are naturally drowsy late at night or early in the morning. Additionally, if the tortfeasor has a medical condition like sleep apnea (snoring), the tortfeasor was probably fatigued even if s/he had a full night’s rest.

Circumstantial evidence is often compelling in civil court. The burden of proof is only a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). Therefore, a little proof goes a long way.

Count on a Thorough Richland County Lawyer

Injury victims are entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Columbia, contact the Marc Brown Law Firm. You have a limited amount of time to act.


Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Practice Areas

Car Accidents

When a car accident happens, your life may be turned upside down in a matter of seconds. Let us help to restore your life.

learn more

Trucking Accidents

Attorney Marc Brown is a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer. We can help you when you need it most.

learn more

Wrongful Death

Experiencing the death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional time. It can also be financially devastating. Let us help!

learn more

Slip & Fall

Marc Brown is an experienced slip and fall attorney that serves the entire states of South Carolina and Georgia.

learn more

Dog Bites

If you need legal help with a dog bite injury, reach out to a South Carolina dog bite lawyer at the Marc Brown Law Firm.

learn more

Crime Victims

In cases of shootings and other crimes, victims can seek financial compensation by filing a civil claim for damages.

learn more
click here view all practice areas

awards & memberships

Super Lawyers 2021
South Carolina Bar
State Bar Of Georgia
Expertise 2021
American Association for Justice
Richland County Bar Association
South Carolina Association for Justice
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Marc Brown

Marc Brown Law Firm

Meet Attorney Marc Brown

Marc Brown is an experienced personal injury and civil rights attorney serving clients throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Marc is motivated by the challenge of helping his clients solve their complex legal issues, and most importantly, he obtains favorable results. He is a caring and conscientious attorney who brings the experience and resources of a larger firm to his smaller, more personalized practices in Sumter and Columbia, SC.

A Personable & Dedicated South Carolina Attorney

As someone who has always had a keen sense of right and wrong and a desire to achieve excellence and fairness in all things, pursuing law was a natural career choice. After graduating with honors from the prestigious Emory University School of Law, Marc went on to become a dedicated litigator who focuses on personal injury, workers’ compensation, and criminal defense cases.

Why Choose Us?

Choosing an attorney is a very important decision, but it can be difficult. When you choose the Marc Brown Law Firm, we do everything we can to keep you informed, put your needs first, and to make sure justice is served. Here are just a few reasons to choose us:

The Right Experience

Attorney Marc Brown has experience that matters. Prior to opening this law firm, Marc spent nearly a half a decade defending big insurance companies and large corporations in personal injury and commercial litigation matters across the United States. Marc knows exactly how insurance companies and corporations evaluate claims and what they look at when deciding to increase the amount they are willing to pay. He thinks outside the box to find additional or hidden opportunities for favorable results.

We’ll Come To You

After being injured in a serious accident, you need to focus on getting better. Serious accidents can be hard on an individual, physically and emotionally. The Marc Brown Law Firm is dedicated to fight for you while you recover. If you are unable to travel to our office for any reason, we will personally visit you! Just give us a call to talk whenever you may be in need of assistance. We’re here to help.

Clients First

At the Marc Brown Law Firm, we choose to put our clients first. Our clients are more than just a case number. We think of each of our clients as extended members of the family. We make sure to inform our clients of all their legal options and provide timely updates throughout the life their case.

24/7 Availability

We are available around the clock for our clients. If at any point we are unavailable, we promise to promptly respond to all messages within hours.


We work hard so that our clients receive the justice they deserve! When necessary, Attorney Marc Brown retains investigators, engineers, and other experts to help prove your case. Insurance companies are big, but Marc is experienced and resourceful. We fight for each of our clients so that you can receive the maximum compensation available to you.

No Fees Unless We Win

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront cost to clients. You only pay lawyer fees when we win your case. This also means that your attorney is only paid a percentage of what is recovered for you. The Marc Brown Law Firm has a vested interest in ensuring that each of our clients receive the maximum recovery available to them. We are determined to fight tirelessly to recover for you.

Marc Brown and The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 award