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Wrongful death lawsuit against the Department of Transportation

A sudden accident that takes the life of someone who is deeply loved can leave family members with deep grief and a desire for closure. The surviving family may seek legal action to hold certain people or entities responsible for negligently contributing to the wrongful death of their loved one. A recent wrongful death lawsuit against the Department of Transportation in Montana seeks to hold it responsible for the loss of a young man's life.

The fatal accident occurred when a vehicle pulled out in front of a young man on his motorcycle, which resulted in a collision. The man operating the motorcycle was transported to a nearby hospital where he passed away later in the day. Reports indicate that the woman driving the other vehicle was not hurt in the fatal accident.

The young man's father has pursued a wrongful death lawsuit against the Montana Department of Transportation for responsibility in the loss of his son. The lawsuit claims that the intersection was not properly constructed or maintained, contributing to the cause of the man's death. The father is seeking restitution that includes funeral and medical expenses as well as the young man's lost wages and emotional distress.

Reports indicate that the family of the young man responsible for instigating the lawsuit believes that the agency is at fault for making the intersection a safety hazard. The tragic loss of someone in a fatal accident could instigate a person's desire for justice, depending on the underlying facts. If the wrongful death lawsuit against the Department of Transportation finds the agency to be at fault, then the family may be eligible to recover monetary damages accruing from the tragedy.

Source:, Father sues Mont. transportation department over son's fatal motorcycle crash, Whitney Bermes, Nov. 19, 2013

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