Local news agencies report that a two-vehicle head-on collision in Kalispell at around 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 18 left both drivers with various injuries. Firefighters extricated both parties from their vehicles, and ambulances transported them to Kalispell Regional Medical Center with injuries of a non-life threatening-nature.
According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the head-on collision occurred at the intersection of Montana Highway 35 and Secondary Highway 206. A man driving a vehicle southbound on Montana Highway 35 allegedly crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into a woman driving a vehicle in the northbound lane. Police report that the woman attempted to take evasive action, but she was unable to prevent the accident. An investigation into the accident was ongoing at the time of the report.
Financial burdens can cause extra stress to a person injured in a car accident through no fault of their own. Once liability has been established, it is possible that a personal injury claim may be brought against any at-fault parties. An injured individual may seek damages for such concerns as medical expenses, car damages, loss of income due to work missed, and pain and suffering.
In the event of any auto accident that leaves an individual injured, an accident investigation will determine any at-fault parties. Any driver may be found liable if it can be proven that he or she was negligent due to such actions as failing to maintain proper lane, driving while impaired by the use of drugs or alcohol, driving while distracted by attempting to talk or text on a cellphone, or driving at unsafe speeds for road conditions.
Source: KPAX, "Two hurt in crash near Kalispell", Dax VanFossen , November 19, 2014