Individuals who choose to ride as a passenger in a motor vehicle may have little control over the decisions and actions of the driver. Should the driver of a vehicle choose to travel at a high rate of speed or while under the influence of alcohol, the safety of the passengers may be placed at risk in the process. One person was killed and another injured in a recent car accident involving similar circumstances in Montana.
Authorities responded to reports of the crash just before 3 a.m. on a recent Sunday. According to reports, the accident occurred when a driver lost control of a truck upon entering an intersection and veered off the road. Police advised that the truck collided with several trees shortly thereafter and stated that initial investigations indicate that the driver likely made no attempt to brake before exiting the road.
The driver of the truck reportedly suffered injuries in the crash and was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. A passenger in the truck was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Authorities have advised that an investigation into the crash is underway and have stated that impairment and speed appear to have been contributing factors.
Losing a loved one in a car accident due to the negligent decisions of another party can be a difficult experience to accept. Families in Montana who encounter such loss may wish to pursue accountability through the civil justice system, and they could choose to retain the services of an attorney early on for guidance in the process. Seeking assistance early on could prove vital to preparing to pursue the full amount of restitution entitled through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed responsible.