When people are in a hurry or just impatient by nature, they may act hastily when it is unnecessary to do so. Some drivers who hate getting stuck behind slower moving vehicles or who want to get to their destinations quickly may try to exceed the speed limit to make up time or try to pass vehicles. While passing can be a legal driving maneuver when done safely and in an acceptable zone, it can prove deadly if a head-on collision occurs.
Attempting to pass recently played a role in a crash that claimed one life in New Haven. According to reports, a 23-year-old man was driving a vehicle west when he successfully passed one vehicle. That same driver reportedly tried to pass a second vehicle, but on that attempt, his vehicle crashed head on into an eastbound vehicle. It was noted that the first driver crossed double yellow lines when making that second pass.
The driver of the eastbound vehicle was reported as being a 59-year-old woman. She suffered injuries in the crash that ultimately proved fatal. She died a day after the accident. The driver of the passing vehicle reportedly suffered only minor injuries. It was not mentioned whether any charges had been filed in relation to the crash.
When a reckless or negligent act carried out by another driver results in the death of a person, it can seem senseless. The family of the woman killed in this New Haven crash undoubtedly feel this way as a hasty decision caused their loved one’s life to be cut short. During the coming weeks and months, the family may face many difficulties, including immense grief and financial struggles stemming from final medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and more. If they feel it could suit their circumstances, they may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault for this head-on collision in efforts to seek compensation for the damages sustained.