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Car accidents often result from speeding, illegal passing

A woman tragically lost her life in a recent pickup truck collision in Montana. In addition, five other people suffered injuries in the crash. Sometimes these types of car accidents are the result of another person's carelessness, which is grounds for a civil lawsuit.

The recent accident took place at around 1:20 p.m. on a Sunday along U.S. Highway 87. According to authorities, a woman, 23 years old, was driving a pickup truck north along the highway. The woman was reportedly speeding and tried to pass another car. In doing so, her truck ended up colliding with the pickup truck driven by a 54-year-old man.

Both trucks rolled onto their tops as a result of the impact. A woman who was riding with the man was thrown from the truck and passed away at the crash scene. She apparently did not have a safety belt on. Meanwhile, the man suffered injuries, as did two other passengers in the truck. The driver and a passenger in the other pickup truck also suffered injuries in the accident.

The injured passenger in the woman driving the second pickup truck, along with the injured parties in the first truck may choose to file personal injury claims against the woman who reportedly caused the accident. Likewise, the loved ones of the female passenger who died in the may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a Montana civil court. Competent proof of negligence is necessary to establish liability before the civil court hearing the case. Once that is established, the court determine claims for damages. A monetary award in a successfully fought lawsuit may help with addressing medical bills, funeral costs and other losses related to these types of car accidents.

Source: greatfallstribune.com, "UPDATE: Pickup trucks collide; one dead, five injured", Karl Puckett, April 15, 2018

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