Head-on collisions almost always seem inexplicable. Most modern highways have well-marked driving lanes, and many have a concrete median that physically divides the opposite driving lanes. When head-on collisions occur, police often look for an external cause, such as drugs, alcohol, or the weather. No cause has yet been determined for a fatal head-on crash that recently occurred on U.S. Highway 93 just south of Ronan.
According to the Montana Highway Patrol, an SUV was heading south on Hwy. 93 at about 9:00 a.m. when a northbound SUV crossed the center line and smashed into the southbound SUV. The impact of the crash forced the southbound vehicle off the road and caused it to roll over. The driver died at the scene. His passenger, a 55-year-old woman from Ronan, was thrown from the vehicle and later taken by ambulance to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. The driver of the northbound vehicle was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Ronan. No information concerning the physical condition of the two persons who were hospitalized has been released by the Montana Highway Patrol.
The Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the accident, and it said that it has not been able to determine if alcohol, drugs, or excessive speed were factors in the crash. The highway patrol noted that the road was wet when the accident occurred.
The cause of this accident may be difficult to determine. Police will most likely undertaking a careful forensic examination of the scene, measuring skid marks and documenting the final location of the two vehicles.
Making a claim
Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in an accident of this nature may wish to consult an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.