A collision involving two vehicles in Billings resulted in injury to both
a pedestrian and his pet dog, according to KTVQ News. A Billings police
spokesman stated that the incident occurred during the evening of Friday,
October 31, just after 5 p.m.
Pickup Truck and SUV Collide
The accident reportedly involved a pickup truck northbound on 11th Street
West and an SUV westbound on Terry Avenue. The pickup was being driven
by a man in his twenties, and the SUV was being operated by a 17-year-old female.
According to police, the SUV struck the pickup, causing it to careen off
the roadway. As the pickup truck jumped the curb, it hit a pedestrian
who was out walking his dog. This reportedly caused the man on foot to
be thrown toward a large tree. He was said to have suffered unspecified
head and facial injuries. As a result, the pedestrian was taken to Billings
Clinic to be treated for the injuries that he sustained. His pet dog was
also hurt, so the pet taken to Moore Lane Clinic.
The spokesman for the police department reported that a number of minors
in the SUV at the time of the collision were appropriately restrained.
There were no reports of injuries to any of the vehicles' occupants.
There was also no initial report of any citations being issued.
Although the investigation in this injury accident is ongoing, it does
illustrate how the details that emerge can grow complex. In this case,
it is alleged that the pickup truck only struck the pedestrian after it
was hit by an SUV.
However, a pedestrian injured in a chain-reaction event may have recourse
in the civil courts. Montana state law accords an injured person the right
to sue for damages if negligent conduct can be reasonably claimed to have
led to the injuries. A lawsuit may be filed that seeks compensation for
a variety of costs and losses, including medical expenses, pain and suffering
and lost wages.
To discuss the details of an accident that you or a family member was involved
in with a Billings personal injury attorney, please