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Worker Killed After 18-Wheeler Strikes Lift

Wednesday, at around 5:00 am, an Indiana construction worker was killed after being struck by an 18-wheeler on Interstate 77 in South Carolina.

Details of the Fatal South Carolina Accident

According to WSOC TV, the worker was on a lift was on roadway as part of a project on a bridge at exit 27 near Blythewood when it was hit. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says 40-year-old Nathaniel Deaton, of Martinsburg, Indiana, died at the scene.

Jones stated that a special team has been investigating the accident to determine if the construction zone was properly marked and if any charges will be issued to the tractor-trailers driver.

The crashed closed the southbound lanes of I-77 about 20 miles north of Columbia for several hours.

Texas Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents resulted in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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