One man was killed in a two-car accident that occurred approximately 100 miles northwest of Bozeman on June 14. The accident happened at 1:40 a.m. on the northbound side of Interstate 15 close to Montana City. According to investigators, the collision happened because a car was stopped on the highway. Montana Highway Patrol suspects that alcohol contributed to the crash.
Shortly before the wreck, a southbound car reportedly drove onto the median, then back into the south lanes, before actually traveling over the median into northbound traffic. Another vehicle broadsided the resting car, and its driver was killed. As of June 15, investigators had not determined if speed was a significant factor in the accident.
Relatives of the accident victim may consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver of the other vehicle. Plaintiffs of wrongful death suits can win compensation that can help account for medical costs, funeral expenses and other damages caused by the crash. In order to justify restitution in a civil lawsuit, plaintiffs' lawyers must offer proof that the defendant's actions were negligent and caused the incident. Some forms of driver negligence often cited in civil lawsuits stemming from car accidents include speeding, driving recklessly, violating traffic signals, distracted driving and driving while intoxicated.
Legal counsel typically focuses on examining the police report and witness accounts in the initial phase of discovery. In this case, a lawyer representing the victim's family might consult reconstruction specialists or forensic technicians in an effort to uncover additional evidence of the defendant's culpability. Additionally, an attorney could also serve as an intermediary between family members who need time to grieve and any creditors, insurers or hospital administrators who may be contacting them regarding outstanding debts.
Source: Independent Record , "Two-vehicle wreck on I-15 kills one near Montana City", June 15, 2014