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Fatal accident took the life of a passenger and injures others

In the event of a fatal accident on a Montana highway, first responders begin to assist the victims and help remove them from the wreckage. When the crash involves a group of people who have suffered due to the potentially poor choices of a friend, it can be confusing to know what a person's rights are and where to begin. When a fatal accident took the life of a passenger and injures others in the same vehicle, a great deal of uncertainty may accompany the grief and loss felt by loved ones.

Montana authorities have reported that they believe the fatal accident occurred when a sedan drove into an approach and shot over 100 feet into the air. When the car completed its ascent and fell back to the ground, it continued to roll two and a half times until it came to a stop in a ditch. A single passenger was tragically thrown from the car during the accident and was found to be dead at the scene. The driver and three additional passengers received injuries that were severe but not fatal.

It was released that police suspect that alcohol and drugs may have been an element in this tragic wreck as well as excessive speed. Suspicions were not detailed regarding who may have been under the influence or how fast the car could have been travelling. As the investigation continues, the potentially bad decisions made by a driver and group of friends will be uncovered and perhaps highlight responsibility for the wreck.

When a driver involved in a catastrophic wreck is found liable for operating a vehicle under the influence or driving negligently, victims in the crash may seek legal assistance in collecting insurance benefits or compensation for medical expenses. The emotional and physical pain that victims experience when they share in a tragedy with others can be difficult to understand and work through. Because a recent fatal accident took the life of a passenger and injured others, the grieving family may deem it appropriate to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in the wake of the court's decisions.

Source:, 1 dead, 4 injured in Glacier County crash, No author, Oct. 6, 2013

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