Tragedy can strike at any time on the roads of Montana. Recently, a 26-year-old man was struck by a pickup truck while crossing Reserve Street in Missoula and died as a result. The truck accident occurred at the intersection of Reserve Street and River Road in the evening hours.

According to reports, the driver of the truck has already voluntarily submitted to a drug test which revealed that he was not under the influence of any drugs at the time of the accident. However, the results of the blood test, which will determine whether there was any alcohol in the driver’s blood at the time of the accident, are still not available. The accident is still under investigation by the police and it is not clear at this time whether any charges will be imposed against the driver of the truck.

Many factors can contribute to a tragic accident such as this one. Truck driver fatigue, distracted driving, speeding or careless driving can be contributing factors for many truck and vehicle accidents. However, it is also not known whether the individual who was struck was crossing the street on a proper crosswalk or whether he was able to be clearly seen by passing drivers on the road.

If someone is injured by a negligent driver, they may be able to recover damages to compensate them for their injuries. Some types of damages that may be recovered in these claims include lost wages, reimbursement of medical expenses, compensation for future medical treatment, damages for permanent impairments or physical disabilities and compensation for pain and suffering.

If someone dies as a result of the negligence of another, a wrongful death action can be filed by the immediate family members of the victim. Damages for pain and suffering, loss of companionship and loss of consortium can be recovered in these types of actions.

Source: source publication, “Missoula man killed crossing Reserve Street“, Betsy Cohen, Feb. 18, 2013