Driving under the influence of alcohol can have lasting consequences that can destroy the lives of those involved and their loved ones. A fatal accident can be the end result for those who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, leaving them with unavoidable responsibility. A Montana man who was recently charged for a fatal accident that killed two could possibly face legal action from both the state and the loved ones of the victims.
The accused driver has been charged with negligent vehicular homicide while under the influence for the deaths of two men. He appeared in Montana court last week, though details pertaining to the hearing have not been released. Reports do not state what level of intoxication the man was operating his vehicle at nor if any other probable causes may have led to the man crossing over into the opposite lane of traffic.
Authorities believe that the fatal accident occurred when the man swerved across the road and into oncoming traffic, where he was struck by a pickup. As a result of the accident, the man who stands accused of causing the crash broke his arm and dislocated a hip. The collision severely injured his passenger, requiring transfer to a nearby hospital, where he later passed away. The driver of the truck was killed instantly.
Family members of the victims who lost their lives may choose to seek additional legal action in a wrongful death suit against the accused man. If the courts find him responsible for causing or contributing to the cause of the accident, he may be required to provide restitution to the victims' loved ones. The emotional damage caused by the loss of the two innocent victims in this fatal accident will likely forever affect the people who are left behind to grieve, but financial damages that may be awarded could at least take any monetary suffering out of the picture.
Source: abcfoxmontana.com, Kalispell Fatal Crash Update, Parker Collins, Oct. 21, 2013