A head-on collision in South Carolina on the afternoon on Sept. 28 claimed the life of a 51-year-old woman, according to local reports. The accident took place on Bramlett Church Road in Laurens County at approximately 4 p.m. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that no charges have been filed yet in connection with the fatal crash, but the investigation being coordinated by the agency’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team remains open.

According to an SCHP report, the woman was proceeding southbound in a Toyota sedan on Bramlett Church Road near Woodruff when a Ford pickup truck crossed the center line. The two vehicles struck each other as the Toyota approached South Carolina Highway 417. Initial reports do not reveal why the 29-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Ford strayed into the path of oncoming traffic.

First responders say that they arrived at the scene to find the woman wearing her seat belt trapped inside her vehicle. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. The woman behind the wheel of the Ford was also properly restrained, according to reports. However, she suffered serious injuries in the car accident and a helicopter was called in to airlift her to a trauma center in Greenville.

Experienced personal injury attorneys may suspect that distraction played a role when presented with facts such as these. Police generally check phone records when investigating this type of crash, and their findings could be used to establish reckless behavior in car accident litigation even if no criminal charges are filed. This is because the standard of proof is not as strict in civil court and allegations of negligence must only be more likely true than false for plaintiffs to prevail.