To have to suffer through the loss of a loved one in a car accident in Bozeman may be unbearable. What might make such an ordeal even more so is if it is later learned that the negligent or reckless actions of another might have contributed to such a tragedy. Often, people assign the blame for car accidents to either other motorists one the road or, in the case of single car crashes, the actions of the drivers themselves. Yet what about instances where the unexplained acts of a passenger contributed to a collision?
Such appears to have been the contributing cause of a rollover that occurred near Bonner. Reports state that a passenger grabbed the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler traveling west on Interstate 90, causing it to leave the road and roll into the median. Officials do not believe that excessive speed was a factor, yet they have not ruled out the possibility that alcohol may have been involved. The passenger’s reason for grabbing the steering wheel has yet to be explained. A man and a woman who were not wearing seatbelts were ejected from the vehicle during the accident. Both died at the scene. Seven others were transported to local medical facilities to be treated for injuries.
One would typically assume that a passenger in a vehicle would have a relationship with the others traveling within it. That relationship might make assigning responsibility to such a party even more difficult. Yet if accident victims need the compensation that could be earned through a liability claim, they may be left with little choice. Those looking to initiate action in such a situation may wish to first seek the advice and assistance of an attorney.
Source: NBC Montana “2 killed, 7 injured in rollover crash near Bonner” Aug. 06, 2017