When a young person's life is lost because of another party's negligent or reckless behavior, the victim's family, friends and community are left searching for answers in a world that seems to have none. While criminal charges are the most common way for grieving families in Montana to see justice done, a civil claim of wrongful death can provide the additional assurance that financial damages are covered after a tragedy.
After a fatal auto accident, an at-fault driver might be subject to criminal charges. He or she could also face a wrongful death claim in civil court. While the criminal conviction of an at-fault driver can certainly bolster an injured party's civil claim in Montana, a conviction isn't necessary for a successful wrongful death lawsuit.
More and more people these days are coming to understand that, with head injuries, the risks are high. When a person has a concussion that goes undiagnosed, there is the risk that another concussion will lead to second-impact syndrome. In such a case, traumatic brain injury or even death can occur.
In today's uncertain economic climate, many high school graduates throughout Montana are choosing not to go to college and instead take to the oil fields for a sure paycheck. While these young people could begin a job with a starting salary of $50,000, the risk of serious oil field injuries is still a reality.
A 16-year-old boy and his friend were walking along an unlit road in unincorporated Lockwood when a 71-year-old man in a pickup truck approached them from behind. The truck hit the teen who was nearest to the road. He later died of his injuries.
To get a general idea of all the details involved in creating a food product, we can look at the packaging of items in a grocery store. Unfortunately, though, potentially dangerous mishaps occur in packaging food. One example is a recently recalled granola product that was mistakenly packaged and sent to stores in Montana and seven other states.
Missoula is set to join other Montana cities in banning cell-phone use while driving. Texting while driving was already banned in the city in 2009, but starting on Dec. 5, the restriction will extend to any hand-held use of a cell phone while driving. The ordinance goes into effect for bicycles and motorcycles as well.
A lawsuit recently filed in Missoula brings up some important issues regarding liability in fatal car accidents. In November 2010, a 24-year-old man was walking with friends on a sidewalk in Lolo, Montana, when a car jumped the curb and hit the young man. His injuries were fatal.
A registered nurse at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula recently pointed out in the Missoulian that traumatic brain injuries typically occur more frequently in the summer months. Montanans and people throughout the country like to go outside and enjoy the nice weather, sometimes taking part in activities that unfortunately result in injury.
A relatively common cause of car accidents is a driver's attempt to overcorrect after letting the vehicle drift off the shoulder of the road. This kind of mistake may be especially dangerous in Montana, where long stretches of road can lull drivers into a state of inattention.