A variety of vehicles travel the highways and roads of Montana. From large semis and tractor-trailers to compact personal vehicles, there is a diversity of automotive functionality and size that one may see when out for a drive. Most of the time different vehicles are able to safely operate without causing harm to other vehicles or their drivers and passengers. However, from time to time potentially negligent conduct on the party of vehicle operators results in other automobiles and their passengers suffering significant harm.
An example of possible negligence occurred recently in Montana when a driver was killed in an accident with a dump truck. Immediately prior to the accident, the dump truck was pulling a flatbed behind it and on the flatbed was a piece of road construction equipment. While the dump truck and its towed rig were moving the flatbed detached and traveled across the road and into oncoming traffic.
Once in oncoming traffic, the flatbed crashed into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was killed in the crash and a passenger in the vehicle also suffered injuries. The driver of the dump truck was not injured in the incident.
Investigators have not yet put together how the flatbed became uncoupled from the tow truck. As with other serious vehicle crashes they may look into how the dump truck and flatbed were maintained, if the individual who coupled them together was properly trained, if the driver of the dump truck engaged in any negligent driving practices that caused the flatbed to detach, or if any other factors led to the tragic fatal car accident.
This potentially avoidable accident resulted in the death of one person and injuries for another. The family of the deceased victim has suffered incredible losses and may choose to pursue legal recourse to seek its damages once the accident investigation is complete. Civil personal injury claims like wrongful death are often available to the loved ones of fatal car accident victims; as every car accident case is different readers are encouraged to discuss their cases with their personal injury attorneys before pursuing legal action.