TAG ARCHIVES: DRUNK DRIVER DEATHS
Each year, summertime in the Flathead Valley draws millions of people from all over the world. It is not only the unparalleled beauty and grandeur of Glacier National Park that people come in droves to witness and experience, but also the small town charm of the nearby mountain towns like Bigfork, Whitefish, Lakeside, Polson, and our own Kalispell.
Kalispell has no shortage of summertime festivities. Thursday! Fest, Picnic in the Park, the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo, Arts in the Park, and farmers markets are just a handful of family-friendly activities tourists and residents alike look forward to attending. All of these events have one thing in common: They are a place to gather with family, friends, and neighbors to try new foods and sip on cold drinks while most likely listening to fantastic music by talented local artists.
More often than not, those attending these events will have a wonderful time and return home with full bellies, lighter wallets, and fond memories. Sadly, that is not always the case. Earlier this week, a Georgia couple were nearly fatally injured when an alleged drunk driver sped through heavy traffic and struck them with his car on a sunny evening on the main road in nearby Whitefish, Montana. The male victim was impaled on a willow tree branch 15 feet off the ground and his wife was found on the ground below the tree. They are both very fortunate to be alive, and it is incredible that the drunk driver injured only 2 people. The story could be much worse.
Alleged Drunk Driver Hits 2 Pedestrians In Downtown Whitefish
Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. There is a dark side to the social entertainment the Valley and any town in America has to offer. Our quiet mountain towns become more populated and where there are more people, there are generally more negligent and careless people, and as a result, there are generally more accidents. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, is important to be aware of your surroundings and practice caution when you are enjoying time out in any one of the Valley’s towns.
- Simple precautions can make a big difference.
- Know your surroundings.
- When you cross the street, look both ways and then look both ways again. There are more people drinking and driving in the summertime months and you are more likely to see them than they are to see you.
- Do not walk off of sidewalks and stay on the streets.
- Wear reflective clothing if you are walking after dark.
- Drink responsibly and do not ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you even suspect you may have had too many drinks. Uber operates in the Flathead Valley.
- Keep your children nearby, hold their hands, and don’t let them walk nearest the street while walking on the sidewalk.
Vacations and excursions out and about should never end in disaster or months or years of treatment for injuries. Obeying the rules of the road, both as a driver or as a pedestrian, and paying careful attention to your surroundings can make all the difference.
Heavy rain and bald tires caused a two-car accident outside of Missoula A two-car crash caused by a heavy downpour and bald tires slowed westbound traffic on Interstate 90 early Monday afternoon.
Emergency crews responded to the accident near East Missoula at mile marker 108 at roughly 1:30 p.m.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Pfau confirmed what witnesses said after the accident: The driver of the Nissan was going too fast for conditions.
“The car was going a little too fast for conditions with bald tires,” Pfau said. “It hydroplaned on the bridge deck, hit the bridge guardrail and bounced into traffic, where it was T-boned by another vehicle,” Pfau said.
Dave and Theresa Scott were traveling from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Spokane, Wash., when the accident occurred in front of them. The couple pulled over to see what they could do to help.
“We didn’t know if anyone was calling 9-1-1,” Scott said. “The rain was coming down pretty hard. We were one of the first who pulled over.”
Pfau said the driver of the Nissan was cited for driving too fast for conditions.
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Our office has three Montana attorneys who practice personal injury law for injured Montanans. If you or someone you know has been injured in a Missoula car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or worse in a Montana or Missoula car accident, you may be entitled to advance payment of medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Each case is different and depends on the facts. Our Kalispell lawyers aggressively represent and fight for the rights of innocent victims of car accidents in Montana.
A violent car accident Sunday Morning in Sanders County killed one and left two others with life-threatening conditions.
Montana Highway Patrol reported the fatal car accident in Sanders County occurred on Sunday morning. The possible wrongful-death accident happened onHighway 28 just south of the Hot Springs turnoff.
The Montana Highway Patrol reported a Washington car drifted off the side of the road, over-corrected and drove into the oncoming lane, hitting a Montana pick-up truck.
Troopers say there were three adults in each vehicle. All six of the injured parties involved were transported for medical treatment from the Sanders County car accident. The Montana Highway Patrol reported, two occupants from the Washington vehicle are facing life threatening injuries at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
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Nothing is more difficult than coping with the unexpected loss of a loved one. For more than 18 years, the caring and compassionate attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. have helped family members cope and deal with wrongful death cases.
Wrongful death cases can be complicated as there may be expensive medical bills, unpaid debts and outstanding obligations. The Montana lawyers of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. are experienced Montana attorneys who handle wrongful death and survivor lawsuits. They are members of the Montana Trial Lawyers association and will fight for you and your family to receive the maximum recovery possible.
A Kalispell family received an unwelcomed surprise yesterday when a man driving a Shelby Cobra crashed through the front of their house.
NBC affiliate KCFW reported ” a Kila man was allegedly drunk when he crashed a sports car into an Evergreen-area home on Wednesday. Troopers say it appears Steven Peterson pulled out of a driveway, drove off and lost control of the vehicle before crashing into the home.
The Montana Highway Patrol reported 16 car accidents in or near Kalispell from July 3-July 4.
Undoubtedly alcohol was involved in a number of these Kalispell car accidents.
The Kalispell Attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. have been aggressively representing Kalispell drunk driving accident victims for more than 18 years. Drunk Driving victims may be legally entitled to lost wages, advance medical payment, pain and suffering and loss of use of household services.
Contact one of the Kalispell Lawyers at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation.
It’s hard not to ignore the flood of auto insurance commercials inundating television programming. Call one and save 15% in 15 minutes. Another offers a plethora of discounts. Another offers the “value plan.” While these slogans may seem catchy, they fail to disclose, what protection they offer the consumer. After all, isn’t the purpose of auto insurance to protect you, your family, and your property in the event you are involved in an accident?
The CDC reported that in 2009, there were almost 11,000 drunk-driving related fatalities. Approximately one third of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involve alcohol-impaired driving.
In 2010, an estimated 4 million U.S. adult respondents reported at least one episode of alcohol-impaired driving, for an estimated total of approximately 112 million alcohol-impaired driving episodes or 479 episodes per 1,000 adult population.
Those numbers are alarming and scary. At Bliven Law Firm, P.C. a Montana law firm, located in Kalispell, we help victims of drunk driving accidents recover compensation for their injuries and deaths of their loves ones. Through our experience, we have discovered that most Montana drunk driving crashes cause severe and permanent injuries or death to the innocent victims.
Montana Drunk Drivers often do not have significant assets or adequate insurance to cover all of the victim’s damages. Some people do not realize that medical expenses from a drunk driving accident may total hundreds of thousands of dollars. If the innocent victim has not purchased adequate underinsured and uninsured coverage, he or she could be personally responsible for the medical bills caused by the drunk driver.
Some consumers may be surprised to realize how affordable Uninsured and Underinsured coverage is, especially when substantially increasing the policy limits may only raise the annual policy premium by a few dollars a month. In addition, uninsured and underinsured coverage is personal and portable in Montana meaning that regardless of the vehicle you are in, whether it be your own, a relative’s, friend’s or co-workers, you should be protected with your own uninsured and underinsured coverage in Montana.
In addition to uninsured and underinsured coverage, many Montana drunk driving victims do not carry medical payments coverage. Med. Pay. coverage is designed to protect the insured regardless of who is at fault.
Insurance disputes, involving liability, underinsured and uninsured coverage may last months. If your bills are not promptly paid, some medical providers may quickly send your bills to collections, damaging your credit score. Most Med. Pay. coverage in Montana, will cover your medical expenses, if you are involved in a car accident, regardless of whose fault it is. Having adequate medical payment insurance means if you are injured in an accident, you can seek and receive medical treatment knowing the bills will be paid.
While it may be tempting to save $50 on auto insurance, isn’t it more important that auto insurance covers you and your loved ones in case you fall victim to one of the four million drunk drivers on the road ? Talk with an insurance professional to make sure you and your family are adequately covered in case you become the victim of a drunk driver accident in Montana.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver in Montana, contact our offices at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. We have been handling drunk driver accident cases in Whitefish, Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Lakeside, Billings, Sydney, Libby, Troy, Eureka, Flathead County, Lincoln County, Lake County and more for over 25 years. We are dedicated to helping innocent victims of drunk driving accidents in Montana.