Freightliner Rear-Ends Malibu, Causing 6-Car Pileup Leaving One Dead and One Injured

Author: Auger Law | March 15th, 2021

A six-car wreck on I-26 on Monday, March 9, left one man dead and another person injured.

Authorities say the accident happened in Berkeley County, SC when six cars were driving on I-26. A 2018 freightliner hit a 2020 Chevy Malibu in the rear, which resulted in the Chevy Malibu striking a 2012 Ford van and the rear of a 2013 Peterbilt. Meanwhile, the 2018 freightliner then crashed into a 2019 Nissan Altima. The Nissan Altima then struck a 2020 Ford Ranger, which went off-road to the right and overturned. 

Sadly, the Malibu’s driver, 46-year-old William Myers, was seriously injured and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ford Ranger’s driver was taken to a hospital with injuries.

Unfortunately, large trucks like freightliners can cause a lot of damage when involved in wrecks, due to their relatively large size and weight. In 2019 alone, 4,119 people died in large truck crashes in the US. 67 percent of those deaths were people in smaller passenger vehicles, and another 15 percent were pedestrians or bicyclists. 

There can be many causes of large truck accidents, including distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, and failing to obey traffic laws. When rear-end accidents occur, in most cases, the rear driver is at fault due to following too closely for their speed.

If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.

For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary losses. 

Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at [email protected], and we will make the appropriate adjustments. 

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