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Montana motorcyclist hit and killed when he had right of way

There are many reasons why accidents occur. A driver might have been traveling too fast, he or she was distracted because of a cellphone or a driver was intoxicated. While sometimes accidents are simply that, an accident, it is often the case that a driver was reckless or negligent in causing a collision. The negligence of a Montana driver could result in a minor fender bender or could be the cause of an unfortunate fatal accident.

The Montana Highway Patrol was recently dispatched to a fatal motorcycle crash. According to preliminary reports, the crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. on South Frontage Road. Police believe that the motorcycle was traveling eat on South Frontage Road when it collided with a vehicle that was making a left turn off of Wise Lane.

The 31-year-old motorcyclist did not survive the injuries he suffered in the crash, and no injuries were reported to the driver of the automobile that struck him. Authorities do not suspect alcohol as a factor. Nonetheless, preliminary investigation indicated that the motorcyclist had the right of way at the time of the collision. Investigation is still ongoing, and once it is completed, officers will be able to determine cause and liability.

When a driver fails to follow the rules of the road and yield to the vehicles that have the right of way, a serious or even fatal accident could ensue. Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicle, and they do not offer the same amount of protection. Because of that, motorcycle crashes are often severe or fatal.

If a loved one has been killed in a fatal crash, it is important to understand what recourses are available. A wrongful death claim could help family members recover compensation for the losses and damages caused by the tragic incident.

Source: KULR 8 News, "Coroner's office releases name of motorcyclist killed in Monday night crash," Allison Molin, March 9, 2016

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