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Driver using cellphone involved in three-vehicle accident

When a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol investigates a car accident and says that he has seen fatal crashes with less vehicle damage, those involved in the current accident are lucky to walk away with minor injuries. This recently happened in a three-vehicle car accident near Polson. The trooper said that seatbelts contributed to the lack of serious injury.

Talking on a cellphone appears to have contributed to the pileup.

At the time the accident occurred, the driver who allegedly set the accident in motion was talking on a cellphone with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department reporting stolen property. So, phone records will likely come into play to prove the cause of the accident. The accident investigation also revealed what is believed to be drugs and drug paraphernalia in this driver’s car. He could face several criminal charges including DUI, following too closely, reckless driving and felony drug charges. 

The man using the cellphone rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped to make a left turn and pushed it into a ditch. The first car ended up in the other lane, where it was hit by a pickup truck carrying irrigation pipes. The car split in half upon impact.  Airbags deployed in the first car and the pickup truck.

Amazingly, no one suffered serious injuries in the crash. It is however an example of how distracted driving can contribute to a serious car accident, which easily could have had a deadly outcome. The seriousness of auto accidents cannot be taken lightly, and the damage they cause can be debilitating both financially and physically. Victims involved in accidents caused by negligent drivers can pursue compensation for their suffering.   

Source: The Missoulian, “Cellphone use might have contributed to 3-vehicle crash near Polson,” Vince Devlin, Feb. 25, 2014

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