Automobile owners in Bozeman are expected to exercise all of their best judgments when on the road. Does that include ensuring that their cars are capable of taking on the current road conditions? Or that they use caution when they hit a stretch of highway that is known to be hazardous? When the potential for multiple reasons for a single accident exists, it may be difficult to assign liability. However, responsibility does need to be established in such cases in the event that any of the parties involved need to seek compensation from the one responsible.
Authorities near Hamilton are trying to determine that now after a highway patrolmen and another driver were injured in a collision. The accident occurred when the driver encountered snowy conditions and lost control of the vehicle at a curve in the road. The car slid across the oncoming lane the struck the patrolmen’s vehicle, which he had managed to maneuver to the shoulder of the road before being hit. Accident reports state that tires on the car that lost control were worn. However, local residents and even law enforcement authorities recognize that winter weather makes driving conditions difficult for all vehicles. Others state that the layout out of road where the accident occurred makes it dangerous when drivers speed around it no matter what the conditions are.
While few may ever intentionally cause an accident, those whose reckless driving or poor vehicle maintenance leads to accidents still may need to be held responsible so that victims can receive the reimbursement or compensation they need. Those seeking such compensation may find it easier to attain with the help of an experienced attorney.
Source: NBC Montana “Highway patrol trooper involved in head-on crash near Hamilton” Mar. 09, 2017