According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone in the country will be involved in a road accident. Montana residents are no exception. A car accident may lead to personal injury claims because it can result in serious injuries or even death to others. The driver at fault also may face severe consequences.
According to a Montana Highway Patrol report, an accident occurred northeast of Kalispell on January 19 when a sport utility vehicle driven by a 27-year-old man ran a red light and collided with another car at the intersection of Reserve Drive and U.S. Highway 2. The impact of the car accident threw a male passenger out of the second vehicle. He was taken to a hospital with a lacerated liver and other injuries, where he remained for several days. No injuries to the female driver of the car were reported.
The driver of the SUV was reportedly intoxicated and fled the scene on foot. He later surrendered to law enforcement officers and admitted he had been drinking prior to the accident. After he surrendered, the driver agreed to provide a blood sample for a blood alcohol test. Results showed that his BAC level was almost twice the legal limit 4 hours after the collision.
The man has pleaded not guilty to three felony charges, including negligent vehicular assault.
In such cases, driving under the influence of alcohol can make the driver negligent in the event of an accident causing injuries or death. As a result, the negligent party may be liable for compensation to the car accident victims. The compensation may be used for hospital bills, lost wages and future expenses that may be necessary for a victim to make a complete recovery.