It is always important to drive responsibly. Whether you are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the freeway, or winding down a rural road, car accidents can happen just about anywhere. Unfortunately, as one accident that took place in Taos, New Mexico, shows, some car accidents prove to be fatal.

A 65-year-old Taos man was killed and his wife suffered injuries that have been described as “critical” after the car they were in was struck head-on by another car. An additional four people were also hurt in the crash, some of who had to be extricated with the jaws of life. The driver of the car that struck the Taos man and his wife is facing criminal charges. His wife and two children were riding in the vehicle when the crash occurred.

All in all, three individuals were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while two other individuals were flown to the hospital with critical injuries. Evidence from the crash scene seems to indicate that the man responsible for the crash had first driven off the road, onto the shoulder and then overcorrected, after which he struck the victim’s vehicle head-on. Alcohol may have played a role in the crash.

This accident shows how a car accident can change — or even take — a person’s life in an instant. Head-on collisions can be deadly, as this one was. When a person is killed in a car accident, his or her loved ones are left suffering both emotionally and financially. They may have incurred medical expenses in the incident, as well as funeral and burial costs. Moreover, they must move on and live their life without the income and companionship of the deceased. Therefore, after a fatal car crash it may help for the victim’s survivors to talk to a personal injury attorney to determine if they are able to file a lawsuit against the responsible party, in order to seek the compensation they need to move on.

Source: The Taos News, “Taos man dead, five injured in State Road 68 car crash,” John Miller, April 27, 2017