It is no secret that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be a dangerous decision. As those who exhibit such negligence are inherently less capable of handling a variety of driving scenarios, the presence of impairment increases the chances motor vehicle accidents will occur substantially. A recent crash involving a suspected drunk driver in West Virginia has reportedly claimed the life a person in West Virginia.
The incident reportedly took place at around 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Authorities say they had responded to calls about a possible reckless driver and say they attempted to initiate a traffic stop shortly after locating the vehicle. They claim the driver chose to flee the scene and assert that during the subsequent pursuit, the car collided with a second vehicle, forcing this vehicle to slam into a nearby guardrail.
Authorities have advised that the driver of the second vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. They also say they were eventually able to catch up to and stop the driver of the car and take him into custody. The man is reportedly facing a variety of charges in relation to the incident, including drunk driving causing death and evading authorities.
Those who lose loved ones in motor vehicle accidents involving drunk drivers may wish to exercise their rights to seek accountability in civil court, but they might need guidance in navigating the process. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can evaluate the situation a person in West Virginia is facing and provide guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. This type of advice could help place a person in a better position to pursue the full amount of restitution entitled through a wrongful death claim.