Whether it is in the early morning hours, during afternoon rush hour or during the calm of night, motorists in Montana travel on all road types for various reasons. Whatever the reason for driving, one thing always remains – drivers should follow the rules of the road and drive defensively. However, driving safely does not always prevent a car accident from occurring or help a driver evade a negligent driver.

This is what unfortunately occurred in a recent fatal car crash in Montana. According to authorities, the car accident involved two vehicles and occurred on Highway 16 near mile marker 37. The Montana Highway Patrol believes that the accident occurred when a 28-year-old male driving a Ford Edge was turning from County 110 into the northbound lane of Highway 16.

When making this turn, the man made too wide of a turn, striking a Ford F-150 driven by a 68-year-old woman. Emergency crews responded to the crash. The 68-year-old driver was transported to the hospital after suffering serious injuries; however, she did not survive the crash. The male driver was treated for minor injuries.

Investigation of this crash is still ongoing but local authorities believe that alcohol might be a possible cause of the accident. Once the cause is determined, liability could be assigned. When a negligent driver causes a fatal crash, they could be held accountable for any deaths, injuries and damages caused by the accident. Family members could seek recourse through a wrongful death suit, which could help them collect compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and other losses.

Source: Sidney Herald, “Savage woman dies in two-vehicle accident,” Nov. 19, 2016