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Accident-related injuries may cause long-term pain and suffering

Most Montana residents understand that drinking and driving do not mix well, yet surprisingly, some drivers still consume an excessive amount of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Not surprisingly, many of these drivers cause collisions that often end up leaving victims with accident-related injuries costing them physical and emotional pain, suffering and even lost income. In one such example, a Great Falls man was arrested following an incident in a lounge and casino parking lot. Allegedly, he hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene.


According to police documents, the incident happened on a recent evening around midnight. By the time police arrived on the scene, the suspect had driven away. Responding officers found the female pedestrian lying face down on the pavement; she told an officer she suffered head pain. The woman was transported to a medical facility, and according to a doctor, she suffered various injuries to her neck, back, head and jaw. Reportedly, she also seemed confused.

Apparently, the suspect vehicle's passenger, who had remained at the scene, told officers the suspect had been drinking at the bar for several hours, and as he exited their parking spot, he accelerated quickly and she felt an impact. She then got out of the vehicle, and he drove away. Witnesses and video footage indicate the impact was significant enough that the pedestrian was thrown in the air, and some of her personal belongings were found 10 or more feet away. An officer found the vehicle elsewhere and reported that the man, who showed signs of being under the influence, got out of the vehicle, but then was uncooperative with police. The 56-year-old man has since been charged with criminal endangerment and accidents involving another person, as well as misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and failure to report an accident.

Unfortunately, the woman who was hit has certainly endured some pain, likely both physical and emotional. She may also be facing long-lasting effects from her injuries, perhaps even life-changing. Often, victims of such incidents who suffer from accident-related injuries also take on an unexpected financial burden when they lose employment at the same time as they are incurring medical expenses. Many people in this position, in Montana and elsewhere, seek help from an experienced personal injury attorney who can explain their options moving forward.


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