Young drivers do not always make the best choices when behind the wheel, which can lead to accidents. For example, six young people are lucky to be alive after being involved in a high-speed auto accident where alcohol may have also played a role.
Six individuals were recently injured after being involved in a high-speed wreck in Billings. The accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on King Avenue West when a Honda Civic being driven by a 21-year-old man, which was reportedly travelling above the posted speed limit, hit a pickup truck from behind. Both vehicles were traveling due west. The Civic then struck a fence surrounding an apartment complex.
It took until 3:00 a.m. for officers to remove all occupants from the vehicles involved in the crash. The Civic had a driver and a passenger, and the pickup truck had five people in it, all who were age 18. It is suspected that the man driving the Civic was drunk when the accident occurred.
Even young drivers are tasked with the same duty of care all drivers have when operating a motor vehicle. If they fail to abide to that duty, for example, by speeding or drunk driving, and they cause a car accident that injures another person, they may face liability for the crash. Those who are injured in car accidents may at first be mainly concerned with regaining their health but, as the medical expenses pile up, they may soon want to know whether they can hold the negligent driver accountable. This is when it can help to seek the advice of an attorney who can assess a person’s case to determine what, if any, legal action the accident victim can take.
Source: Billings Gazette, “High-speed crash sends five to hospital, closes King Avenue West early Sunday,” May 28, 2017