A major accident on Charleston’s Don Holt bridge left the driver of a tow truck dead and a sheriff’s deputy critically injured. The deputy was continuing to recover from his injuries in the hospital.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol investigated this accident, which happened during the daylight hours, shortly after what would normally be the morning rush hour.

Authorities said that both the tow truck driver and the deputy had stopped to assist a stranded motorist. While they were stopped, a Ford F-350 with a trailer hitched on it slammed into the back of the deputy’s vehicle.

The impact caused a chain reaction collision with other vehicles, which in turn struck both the deputy and the tow truck driver. The tow truck driver fell off the bridge. Authorities later recovered his body. The deputy was rushed to the hospital.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate and have not filed any charges or citations at this time.

Nevertheless, the families of the two victims are likely trying to figure how they are going to make ends meet financially.

Even if they do have workers’ compensation and quality healthcare benefits, both families may still feel a financial pinch because of their accident-related bills and their lost wages.

Moreover, both victims will have non-economic costs, like emotional distress and pain and suffering.

The victims and their families will want to explore their legal options carefully, especially after the Highway Patrol gets the opportunity to complete its investigation into this car accident. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, one option may be to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the driver and other responsible parties.