Car accidents can happen for any number of reasons. In some cases, a mechanical failure, health emergency or other unexpected factor could be present. In other cases, alcohol, speeding, texting and otherwise behaving negligently can be found to cause an accident. South Carolina Highway Patrol officials are currently working to determine just what led to a recent car accident that claimed one life.

Authorities are investigating the single-car accident that left a passenger dead and the driver injured. According to reports, the car accident occurred when the driver over-corrected after drifting left and then right in the southbound travel lanes of U.S. 501. The over-correction resulted in the vehicle overturning. The passenger was ejected.

The Marion County coroner identified the passenger as a 36-year-old woman. She died at the accident scene. The driver, whose identity has not been released, was transported to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries has not been released. It is currently unclear why this accident occurred.

As the investigation continues, the family of the woman killed in this car accident may take a keen interest in the pending conclusion. Should it be found that the driver, or any other party, was negligent in any way resulting in the crash, her family may be able to seek compensation for their loss. Under South Carolina's personal injury laws, the family of someone killed due to the negligence of another party may choose to file a civil claim seeking damages. Any compensation awarded can provide much needed financial relief for a family who is grieving and putting the pieces of their shattered lives back together.

Source: wbtw.com, "One vehicle accident near Marion kills a Winston-Salem woman," Amy Vitrano, Feb. 3, 2013