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Car accidents on icy roads may lead to injuries, death

A man, age 37, recently lost his life in a tragic Montana motor vehicle accident. Four other individuals suffered injuries in the head-on car accident. These types of car accidents often occur due to the carelessness of a motorist behind the wheel -- for instance, driving too quickly for weather conditions -- which is grounds for civil litigation in the state.

The car accident took place at around 7 p.m. on a Saturday. Police said a man was headed north along Highway 287 and suddenly lost control of his pickup truck. He then struck another pickup truck that was in the highway's southbound lane. The man driving the first truck was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

In the other pickup truck, several individuals suffered injuries as a result of the crash. These individuals included two women, ages 43 and 40, as well as a 12-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy. The road where the accident took place was snow-covered and icy at the time of the collision.

The injured parties may opt to file personal injury claims due to the Montana car wreck. Even though the truck driver who reportedly caused the accident died in the head-on crash, his estate may still be sued. In addition, anyone else who has an ownership interest in the pickup truck he was operating at the time of the crash may be named as a defendant as well. A preponderance of the evidence is required to establish liability, based upon a showing of negligence, before claims for damages will be determined in cases involving these types of car accidents.

Source: bozemandailychronicle.com, "1 dead, 4 hurt in crash in central Montana", Nov. 5, 2017

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