Those who ride as a passenger in a motor vehicle may often have little to no control over the decisions or actions of the driver. Should a driver begin exhibiting erratic or dangerous driving behaviors, the safety of everyone within the vehicle may be placed in harm’s way in the process. Three people died and another suffered injuries in a recent car accident after a driver ran through multiple stop signs before striking a tree in North Carolina.

According to reports, the incident is said to have taken place on a recent Tuesday night. Initial investigations indicate that while traveling at a high rate of speed, the driver of the vehicle proceeded to run through several stop signs before veering off course and colliding with a nearby tree. The impact of the crash reportedly caused the vehicle to erupt in flames while two of the occupants remained trapped inside.

Police advised that three of the vehicle’s occupants suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash. Emergency responders reportedly rushed a fourth person to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries. Although an investigation into the accident is underway, no further information was provided as to why the driver of the vehicle may have exhibited such reckless behavior.

Losing a loved one or suffering severe injuries in a car accident due to the actions of another party can be devastating. Those who suffer harm or loss under similar circumstances and wish to know more about the next steps to take to seek restitution in civil court could benefit from consulting with an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can examine the circumstances a client is facing and assist in preparing to pursue the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled to receive.