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Lawsuit: Improper signage, traffic lights on Glenns Bay Road lead to crash with injuries

Construction on Glenns Bay Road from 2016. (WPDE file photo)

An Horry County resident is suing the driver of the car he was in, the driver of another car and the South Carolina Department of Transportation after he says improper traffic lights and signage contributed to a wreck he was involved in on U.S. 17 at the intersection of Holmestown Road.

The wreck happened on Nov. 10, 2016, at about 7:45 p.m., according to the lawsuit.

Peter Briggs, the plaintiff, was the passenger in a car with Michael Briggs.

Michael, according to the lawsuit, was heading north on U.S. 1,7 and the driver of another car, Lyndsay Isom, was heading east on Holmestown Road.

When Isom came to the intersection of Holmestown Road and U.S. 17, she failed to yield the right of way, causing a crash between the two, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also states that Michael was driving while distracted and/or impaired and failed to avoid the collision.

During this time, however, construction was taking place to widen Glenns Bay Road and to construct an interchange at U.S. 17.

The lawsuit states that the traffic lights at the intersection were improperly placed and/or improperly timed and didn’t offer the necessary notice to oncoming traffic.

It also states that appropriate signage was not used to educate and instruct approaching drivers to the changes in and before the intersection.

Because of the improper signage and traffic lights, Peter claims in the lawsuit that SCDOT was negligent and reckless.

He states that he suffered multiple injuries, including ones that were severe.

He is asking for a judge to award him damages for his medical expenses and other costs associated with the wreck.

When asked for comment, SCDOT responded they cannot comment on pending litigation.

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