If you are old enough, surely you remember where you were when you witnessed the acquittal of star football player O.J. Simpson in the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1994. He was not convicted because his guilt could not be fully established. A wrongful death suit may be filed by a person whose family member has died due to misconduct or negligence of another. In most cases, a wrongful death suit follows a criminal trial. The evidence used in this civil action is similar to that of a criminal trial but the standard of proof is lower. Simpson was found guilty of wrongful death following his criminal acquittal.
A report recently released by the Montana Highway Patrol says that fatalities related to car accidents in the state have seen a sharp 10 percent climb last year. In all there were 224 cases of wrongful death from a total of 198 accidents in the past year. The report points out that fatal car crash rates in the state increased between the hours of 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Data analysis has also suggested that most accidents occur on Saturdays and most cases of fatal car crashes take place in the month of August.
According to a Montana Highway Patrol annual report, in 2013 Montana observed an increase in fatal car accidents over the last five years. The report states that more than 200 crashes were reported last year, leading to 229 deaths. This shows an increase of traffic fatalities by 10.5 percent. The fatal accidents have increased by six percent since last year. This report gives an alarming figure of one death in every 38 hours. It was also stated that during the hour between 9 pm and 10 pm, Saturdays and month of August were the most deadly.
A wrongful death claim may arise from an accident caused by a person who failed to exercise due care. Billings, Montana, car accidents often result in serious injuries that can lead to temporary or permanent disability or instantaneous death. Increasingly, distracted driving -- texting or talking on a cellphone while driving -- has been identified as a bad driving behavior that often causes car accidents.
Whether it is due to road conditions, inclement weather, dangerous intersections or negligent drivers, certain areas in the state of Montana might experience more accidents than other regions. As for negligent and distracted driving, this is a dangerous behavior and could easily cause a serious accident.
A Montana woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a 67-year-old man in connection with the October death of her husband. Her 53-year-old husband was fatally shot on the other man's property. The man's widow has alleged that the shooting was the result of an altercation over land access.
Workplace safety is not limited to construction sites, industrial plants and office buildings. Workers anywhere have the right to be protected from hazards and dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
Billings and Yellowstone County, Montana, residents know how much pain the loss of a loved one can bring. In instances where a life is taken because of another person's negligence, the grief seems to multiply. In the blink of an eye, life, as they knew it, can be completely altered forever.
For many local residents here in Billings, Montana, Toyota is held in high regard. Toyota's lines of trucks and cars are well known throughout the world as dependable, reliable and gas-efficient. However, Toyota has also had its share of recalls in the past and faced several lawsuits.
Losing a loved one is a painful ordeal. The recovery of the surviving family members often depends on the manner of death. In the case of a fatal accident, there is a lot to take into consideration, such as how the accident occurred and the possibility of someone's negligence that may have contributed to the accident. Issues arising from a fatal accident plus the factor of negligence can lead to a wrongful death case.