A deputy sheriff who worked for Charleston County died recently after a car accident in the area. A spokesman for the department said that the man was a reliable officer and had been with the department for just over a year.

The accident happened in the overnight hours while the officer was on duty. Apparently, another vehicle struck the officer’s patrol car while they were traveling along a major urban thoroughfare.

Police implied that the deputy was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and did not say anything about the other driver. State authorities, and not the local police, are continuing to investigate the accident.

There is a lot more to learn about this traffic motor vehicle accident which claimed the life of a public servant. There are still a couple of important points to consider about this accident.

The first is that while the fallen officer’s family may have access to workers’ compensation benefits, it is important to remember that these payments do not cover all benefits. They may not pay for 100% of lost wages, and they certainly do not pay for non-economic losses, like mental anguish.

The second reminder is that, while it is a good idea to wear one’s safety belt, not wearing one does not make an accident the victim’s fault. As is the case with any other accident, a careful investigation will need to be conducted to determine exactly who caused the collision and to what extent.

In the meantime, the family of this man will need to quickly start thinking about how they are going to pay bills, including medical bills and funeral expenses,  and make ends meet without the man’s income.