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One killed, seven injured in Deer Lodge demolition derby

Most in Bozeman might assume that the potential for dangerous encounters with automobiles is limited to the area's roads and highways. In actuality, however, any activity involving a vehicle can be risky. While a car accident is typically defined to be a collision involving a moving vehicle on the road, any accident that involves the use of a car, truck or SUV is deemed (at least for the purpose of insurance coverage) a car accident. This can include encounters between vehicles and pedestrians or spectators at an automotive event. And just as is the case with traditional car accidents, negligence or recklessness can come into play in such events. 

Such may prove to be the case in an accident that recently occurred in Deer Lodge, as it is believed that the loss of life stemming from a demolition derby could have been prevented. Witness accounts say that the driver of one of the vehicles participating in the derby lost control after being struck by another and drove into the bleachers. Several people were either struck by or trapped under the vehicle. In all, seven people required treatment for various injuries, and a Powell County woman was killed. Investigators are still trying to determine what exactly caused the driver to lose control. 

Some might argue that at an event such as this, spectators assume the risk that comes with it. Yet what they do not assume the risk for is incompetence on the part of the drivers involved or organizers that fail to screen those who participate. When such negligence is apparent in a case, those impacted might be wise to seek the advice of an attorney about the possibility of seeking legal action. 

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