While driving on Montana roads during the daytime certainly has its challenges, driving at night and in the early morning hours can prove hazardous. During overnight hours, far too many of the drivers on the road are fatigued or even impaired. And even alert drivers, can find themselves in sudden danger. If this happens, avoiding a car accident may be impossible.
Such may have been the case in a two-vehicle accident that reportedly occurred South of Havre at 4:15 a.m. The Montana Highway Patrol reported that a Chevy Impala moved across the centerline of the road and into the lane of a Pontiac that was traveling south. The Pontiac's driver attempted to avoid colliding with the Impala by veering right. Unfortunately, the Impala struck the driver's side of the Pontiac.
The Pontiac was carrying three occupants, two of whom died at the scene of the accident. The Pontiac's third occupant is said to have suffered minor injuries. The Impala's driver also reportedly suffered injuries and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
As of the writing of this post, MHP was still investigating the incident. There was no determination as to whether alcohol or speed contributed to the accident.
At this point, there is no way to be sure why the Impala crossed into the Pontiac's lane in the manner reported. Perhaps the driver had nodded off or was in some way distracted. Regardless, two people lost their lives, and a third was injured due to another's possible negligence.
Automobile accidents have the capacity to leave victims with serious or fatal injuries. If you or a family member have been harmed in a car accident, you may wish to contact a motor vehicle accident attorney who can represent your interests and help you get compensation.
Source: KFBB-TV, "Two dead; Two Injured in Crash near Box Elder," Amanda Roley, Sept. 19, 2015