In a recent outdoor accident in Montana, an 18-year-old man was killed by a vehicle during a weekend party. The outdoor event was being held north of Miles City. County officials said the man died from blunt-force trauma. In addition, it was reported that a vehicle hit or ran over him.
Officers from the Montana Highway Patrol conducted interviews to figure out what happened in what could be a wrongful death case. However, those who were interviewed indicated that they did not know the details of what happened. Law enforcement authorities have not identified the motor vehicle involved or the identity of its driver.
Whenever an individual dies in an accident, the contributing factors may be significant, particularly if a vehicle is involved. Factors such as speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be examined. All of these behaviors make a driver less able to respond to events involving other vehicles and pedestrians. If a driver under suspicion can be shown to have been engaged in one or more of these behaviors, then he or she may be deemed negligent at the time of the collision.
In cases like these, if a driver who flees an accident is proven negligent, then surviving family members of the person killed can sue on the basis of a wrongful death. Demonstrated driver negligence can strengthen the lawsuit so that the family may receive compensation for loss of financial support, hospital costs and funeral expenses.
Given the usually tight deadlines for filing a wrongful death lawsuit, family members could benefit from contacting an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The professional can discuss their legal rights, the case and possible compensation.