Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in the United States, and Montana residents are constantly affected by this issue. According to the Montana Department of Transportation, 176 people died in fatal collisions in the state in 2014 alone. That same year, anther 791 people sustained serious injuries and 4,528 people were mildly or moderately injured in these accidents. Collisions like these are often avoidable. Some drivers may fail to yield the right of way to other drivers, ignore safety signs and traffic lights or engage in distracting behaviors like texting when they should be paying attention to the roads. All of these actions can lead to devastating accidents that can claim lives or lead to serious injury.
A woman was taken to a local hospital in Billings after her car was hit by another. It is unknown what injuries she was suffering from but she was reported as conscious at the scene. According to witness statements, the woman was driving through an intersection and the other car failed to stop for a red light. The driver of that car, a man, was also allegedly speeding at the time. Officers are still investigating the accident.
The impact of the accident caused noticeable damage to the front end of the woman’s car. The man’s vehicle was found rolled onto its side and he was lying on the ground next to the wreckage. Both he and his female passenger were injured in the accident and were taken to the hospital as well.
When car accidents occur, it can lead to severe, prolonged financial complications for those who are affected. Navigating these and other effects of a car accident alone can become more complicated than many people realize. Therefore, they may wish to meet with an attorney who can help them understand their choices and decide how to proceed.
Source: Billings Gazette, “3 hospitalized after downtown crash,” Matt Hudson, Feb. 19, 2016