Despite all the warnings against drinking and driving, alcohol-related car accidents claim the lives of thousands each year. Here in Pennsylvania, it is sad to think that these accidents are still a major problem on our roadways, but unfortunately, they are. Recently alcohol and speed were found to be contributing factors in a car crash that claimed the life of one Pennsylvania resident and caused serious injury to four others.
In the early morning hours of a Sunday, state police arrived at the scene of an automobile accident where a Dodge Neon crashed head-on into a tree. According to authorities, the driver, a 21-year-old Pennsylvania man drove his Neon across the opposite lane of traffic and off the shoulder before colliding with the tree. Authorities believe that the 21-year-old driver was intoxicated and speeding at the time of the crash.
When officers arrived at the scene the driver, and one other passenger had to be extracted from the vehicle. They both suffered serious injury and had to be flown to a nearby hospital to receive immediate medical treatment
The front seat passenger, who was not believed to have been wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. Two other passengers were found in a nearby area after fleeing the scene of the accident. Once found, they were taken to a nearby hospital to receive medical attention for moderate injuries.
Driving while intoxicated is negligent and careless. Unfortunately, in this case, the deadly combination of speed and alcohol cost the life of one and the safety of four others. Family members and loved ones who have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another, may benefit from speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney. With their help, negligent individuals may be held responsible, and compensation may be awarded.