For South Carolina attorney Mark Joye hearing the news that five people, including an infant, were killed in fiery 18-wheeler wreck on I-95, it was like history repeating itself.

Joye, head of the Litigation Department at Joye Law Firm, is currently representing the family of a young couple and their infant son, who were killed in a very similar wreck just two years ago on a nearby stretch of I-95. “Basically, it was the same story. 18-wheeler driver fails to slow down for a construction zone and causes a rear-end chain reaction that ends in the most horrific and tragic scene imaginable,” said Joye of his clients who perished in the fiery wreck in Florence County.

Multiple fatality crashes like that are not common, which makes it all the more troubling to see an eerily similar storyline play out just miles apart yesterday in Robeson county.

The Robeson County crash involved at least three tractor-trailers and three smaller vehicles. Highway Patrol stated the driver of a tanker truck caused a chain reaction by failing to slow for a construction site and rear-ending another vehicle. In addition to killing five, including an infant, at least four others were injured. The deceased are reportedly from Goose Creek, South Carolina, and were returning from a family trip for Mothers’ Day.

“My heart goes out to the families impacted by Tuesday’s tragedy,” said Joye. “I see what my clients’ family is going through, to have lost their loved ones, especially a little baby. It is unimaginable.”

While Joye cannot undo the losses the family has suffered, he is diligently working to hold those responsible for the crash accountable. Joye and his legal team recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of his clients’ estate seeking damages.

Only two years and a few dozen miles separate these eerily similar tragedies. As the travel season gears up, thousands of motorists will pass through this same stretch of highway.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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