When drivers choose to operate a vehicle while impaired, they may place the safety of everyone around them in jeopardy in the process. This also applies to passengers in their vehicles, as a passenger may have little knowledge of the presence of impairment prior to entering the vehicle, and they may suffer the consequences when car accidents occur. A recent accident involving a suspected drunk driver has claimed the life of a 36-year-old woman in Montana.
The accident reportedly took place at around 11 p.m. on a recent Friday. According to reports, a driver lost control of his vehicle upon attempting to merge onto the interstate. After his vehicle began fishtailing, it veered of the side of the road and began to overturn. The vehicle came to a rest after striking a nearby utility pole on the passenger side.
While the driver of the vehicle was rushed to the hospital for treatment of injuries, his passenger was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. Although police have advised that icy road conditions may have played a part in the crash, they assert that speed and alcohol also appear to have been contributing factors. Those who choose to operate at excessive speeds during times of adverse weather could create unfortunate scenarios, and when impairment is thrown into the mix, the results could prove catastrophic.
Losing loved ones in car accidents involving suspected drunk drivers can be a devastating experience for family members. Those who encounter loss under similar circumstances could choose to speak with an attorney for guidance on their available legal avenues. An attorney can examine the incident and assist a client in Montana in pursuing the full amount of restitution deserved through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed responsible.