Billings Collision Allegedly Sends Pickup Into Pedestrian Walking Dog

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.

Pedestrian Struck

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.

Chain-reaction Accidents

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 contact us.