Individuals who operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol may struggle to safely handle a variety of driving scenarios. The presence of impairment may also inhibit one’s ability to make sound decisions and increase the risks that a major collision might take place. Impairment and speeding are said to have been contributing factors in a recent car accident that claimed the life of a woman in North Carolina.
Speed and impairment
According to reports, law enforcement agents arrived at the scene of the collision on a recent Saturday morning. Initial investigations indicate that it took place when the driver of a car failed to stop for a red light before crossing through an intersection. Authorities say that a second vehicle was navigating a left turn at the time and that the car proceeded to crash into the side of the first vehicle.
The passenger in the second vehicle was rushed to a medical facility for treatment of critical injuries and reports indicate that she passed away at the facility. Authorities assert that the driver who caused the crash was fleeing from the scene of a hit-and-run crash when the fatal accident occurred. They also assert that speeding and impairment appear to have been contributing factors in the incident and state that charges will be filed against the driver of the car pending completion of the investigation.
Negligence and loss
When the negligent actions of another driver cause a fatal car accident to occur, the surviving loved ones of the deceased may be left with questions about the next steps to take to seek restitution. Following such a loss, a person in North Carolina could find it helpful to consult with an attorney for guidance on all his or her available options and on what to expect from the process. An attorney can work with a client in preparing to seek restitution through a wrongful death claim and assist him or her through every stage of the process.