Operating a motor vehicle at a high rate of speed can be hazardous under various scenarios. Such negligence not only reduces driver response times, but should a fast-moving vehicle deviate off course, other drivers nearby may struggle to react to the situation. A head-on car accident involving a suspected speeding driver has killed one person and left two others in critical condition in North Carolina.
The accident reportedly occurred on a recent Friday afternoon when for reasons unknown, the driver of a northbound car suddenly shifted into the wrong lane of traffic. Law enforcement agents advised that the driver continued to travel in this lane before encountering an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was unable to steer out of the path of the car and the two vehicles proceeded to collide head-on.
Authorities say that a passenger in the second vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. They also advised that both drivers suffered severe injuries, and both reportedly remain in the hospital in critical condition. Initial reports indicate that speeding appears to have been a contributing factor and that the driver of the first vehicle has been deemed at fault in the crash.
Those who suffer severe harm or experience the loss of someone close in a car accident under similar circumstances may wish to know more about the next steps to take to seek restitution. Since the civil justice system can be complex, a person in North Carolina could find it helpful to seek legal counsel early on for guidance on how best to approach the situation. An attorney can evaluate the incident and assist a client in preparing to seek the compensation entitled through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.