A man's life was tragically cut short in a recent vehicle crash in Montana, and another individual suffered injuries. The motor vehicle collision took place near a creek fishing access on a Wednesday and involved a car falling off of a cliff. These types of car accidents sometimes occur because someone behind the wheel behaved negligently, including driving under the influence, which is grounds for litigation.
According to police, the recent Montana accident occurred at a little before 2:30 a.m. The 32-year-old man was driving along U.S. Forest Service Road 4241. All of a sudden, he reportedly ended up backing off of a cliff, and his car fell down the steep side of a mountain.
Police said he was not wearing a safety belt when the collision occurred. His passenger, 44, did have his seatbelt on and was transported to the hospital. Police reported that the road was dry when the crash happened. However, both drugs and alcohol are thought to be contributing factors in the collision. Authorities continued to investigate the collision.
The passenger who was injured in the collision may decide to file a personal injury claim, seeking damages. Although the man who was driving the car at the time of the collision ended up dying, his estate may still be sued. In addition, anybody else who owned the car could be the subject of litigation. Competent proof of negligence is needed to establish liability in court, at which point claims for damages will be decided. Financial damages may help the passenger to cover his hospital costs, the loss of wages and other losses associated with these types of car accidents.
Source: kpax.com, "Authorities ID man killed after backing car off of cliff - KPAX.com", Sept. 14, 2017