Drinking and driving can result in fatal accidents that can cause physical and emotional damage. The inappropriate decision to get behind the wheel after drinking has the potential to destroy many lives and can result in irreversible consequences. A family who has lost a relative in a fatal accident may feel anger in the midst of their grief as they decide how they will move forward.
A young Montana man was charged with negligent homicide and negligent vehicular assault for drinking and driving in connection with a fatal accident. The single car crash caused the wrongful death of a passenger and severely injured another in the vehicle. The man recently pleaded guilty and was given 20 years of prison time with a suspension for 15 of the years in addition to a court apology to the family of the victim.
Records indicate that the fatal accident may have occurred when the individual in question asked one of his passengers to assist with holding the wheel. The young man purportedly began to type onto his cell phone while his passenger steered the moving car. He claims that, when the passenger began to allow the car to pass into the median, he jerked the wheel in an attempt to bring the car back into the roadway but instead caused the car to flip. The car rolled, killing one passenger and seriously injuring another.
Reports reveal that witnesses claim to have seen the Montana man's car traveling at a high rate of speed without any headlights turned on. These alleged choices made by the driver during the time leading up to the fatal accident resulted in devastating losses for the family of the deceased. A family that has lost a loved one in such a way may choose to file a wrongful death suit against the person thought to be responsible.
Source: montanakaimin.com, Man gets 5 years for fatal crash, No author, Jan. 14, 2014