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Crash on icy road claims the life of Dutton man

Most of those operating vehicles on the roads in and around Billings are likely confident in their driving skills as well as their ability to avoid collisions with other motorists. However, Mother Nature often has a way of throwing obstacles at all drivers that can make maintaining control of a vehicle much more difficult. Snow and rain can create slick road conditions that can create problems for even the most experienced drivers. Many understand that when such conditions exist, it is typically best to slow down in order to drive safely. Sadly, others often ignore such advice, which can ultimately endanger themselves as well as other. 

A recent crash that occurred in North Dakota illustrates this fact. Authorities are looking into what caused a teenage driver to seemingly lose control of his vehicle and slide into oncoming traffic. The result was a head-on collision between his pickup truck and that of another man. Investigators did state that road conditions were icy and slick. While the teenage driver did indeed suffer injuries in the accident, he survived. The driver of the vehicle he struck, a man from Dutton, was not so fortunate. First responders pronounced him dead at the scene. 

One would certainly assume that no one intends to lose control of his or her vehicle while driving, and that inexperienced drivers (such as the teenager involved in this case) often do not appreciate the dangers that hazardous road conditions present. Yet that does not change the outcome of the accidents they may cause, nor may is serve as solace for accident victims and their families. Those looking to hold such drivers responsible for their negligent actions may wish to secure the services of a skilled attorney. 

Source: Billings Gazette "Montana man dies in head-on car crash in western North Dakota" Jan. 18, 2018

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