On Aug. 15, a young man was sentenced to 120 days of jail time for striking and killing a pedestrian with his vehicle last year. The Montana car accident is being referred to as an incident of careless driving. The 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charge of careless driving earlier this year.
Even on the day of his hearing, it was apparent the devastation the 24-year-old driver had brought to a Montana family by passing illegally on a highway overpass and causing the car accident that killed a family man and seriously injured his wife.
All it takes is one inebriated driver to change the course of a family’s life forever. One Montana family knows this all too well when a member of their family was killed in a drunk driving accident last year. Now, the driver has been sentenced for her role in the crash.
A recent weekend in western Montana proved to be a hazardous one for automobile drivers and passengers. A woman from Whitefish was the 12th person to die in a weekend that saw five separate fatal car accidents.
It can happen to anyone at any time, without warning. All it takes is one driver, distracted by texting or overly tired due to lack of sleep. If a driver are not paying close enough attention to their surroundings, before anyone realizes what is happening, there could be yet another car accident on the road.
Driving a car is serious business. When drivers climb behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, they are committing themselves to follow the rules of the road and drive safely, whether they are alone or carrying passengers. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. A Montana Tech student made this perfectly clear when he got behind the wheel of a car with several friends and wound up killing one of them.
In car accidents, it should be clear that distracted driving is a form of negligence; drunk diving is a form of negligence; speeding or otherwise driving erratically is a form of recklessness; and failure to yield or stop is negligent. But is falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing into someone else considered negligence? If you can prove that the driver could have prevented the accident, then the answer is yes.
The mother of a brain injury victim recently appealed to federal lawmakers to make it easier for brain injury patients to get rehabilitation and treatment. The woman's son suffered a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident, and she says that his insurance, like the insurance of many other brain injury victims, was insufficient to cover the care he continues to need.
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.
The police chief in Billings recently took some time with a local news station to point out the most common bad driving habits of Billings residents. His statements aren't so surprising, but given the number of injurious car accidents that happen throughout Montana each day, it doesn't hurt to reiterate.