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Two Accidents Shut Down a Section of Interstate 20 in South Carolina

May 04, 2019

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – According to an online article published by, multiple accidents resulted in a shutdown of one stretch of Interstate 20, causing traffic delays.*

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, on May 1, 2019, two accidents on Interstate 20 in Columbia shut down a portion of the highway.  One accident involved nine (9) vehicles which resulted in one person suffering minor injuries.  A second accident involved four (4) vehicles which did not result in any injuries. Both of these accidents happened on Interstate 20 near Monticello Road.

The Complicated Nature of Multi-Vehicle Accidents

Most auto accidents involve two vehicles, which makes the resolution of an accident claim (either by way of an insurance claim or lawsuit) fairly straight-forward.  However, when multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, determining who is at fault and who may be entitled to compensation can be difficult to determine.  Both accidents on Interstate 20 in Columbia involved a significant number of vehicles, and while no serious injuries were reported, accident investigators and insurance companies still have to determine who are responsible for property damage resulting from the accidents.

Witness statements of the drivers and passengers involved in the accident are essential to any accident investigation, but the statements of other witnesses not involved in the accident can be extremely helpful, especially if there are discrepancies in the statements provided by the individuals who were involved..  Additionally, if any traffic cameras are available, video surveillance can help resolve many of the questions law enforcement officials, accident investigators, and insurance companies may have.  

Factors to consider when determining the cause of a multi-vehicle accident include, among others, the following:

  • Whether any driver was speeding at the time of the accident;
  • If weather conditions may have played a role in the cause of the accident;
  • Whether any driver was distracted at the time of the accident (such as texting);
  • Whether any driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident; 
  • Whether vehicle failures may have contributed to the accident (such as brake failure or tire failure);
  • Whether any driver committed any other traffic violations such as failure to yield and failure to signal.

Some accident investigations are completed quickly while others may take months.  The greater the number of vehicles involved in an accident, the longer it may take to reach a conclusion as to what driver(s) are at fault for causing the accident.

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Category: Accident News

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