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Family lost a loved one due to Montana drunk driving crash

Drivers in Billings, Montana, tend to be aware of how dangerous drunk driving is, not only for them but also for others on the road. A drunk driver has impaired driving skills and judgment. That factor alone may contribute to a car crash that can end a person's life too soon.

For example, families and friends mourned at the recent memorial of a car accident victim in Montana. According to sources, the victim was a 29-year-old man who was riding his bicycle prior to the fatal crash. The incident happened on September 25, when the man was hit by a car. It was reported that a 49-year-old man was the driver of the car involved.

However, authorities believe that the driver of the car was intoxicated at the time. The accident reconstruction showed that the driver did not swerve or brake to avoid hitting the bicyclist. Police also noted that the accident victim's bicycle had reflectors and the rider was wearing a helmet and safety gear; however, it was not enough to save the victim's life.

A driver is responsible for operating a vehicle carefully and he or she must be mindful of the safety of other people on the road. Additionally, a driver should remember that drunk driving is illegal and is considered negligence. A drunk driving accident may result in life-altering consequences in the event of the crash, in addition to the damages sustained by the victim.

A fatality in a drunk driving accident in Montana is both financially and emotionally difficult for the victim's family. Under such circumstances, the family may wish to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit, particularly if the victim dies due to another driver's negligence.

Source: KXLH, "Helena man killed in hit and run mourned by family, friends," Melissa Anderson, Oct. 2, 2013

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