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Two wrongs don't make a right

The old saying is that two wrongs don't make a right. That saying might well apply to a truck accident south of Billings late last week.

Law enforcement officials issued citations to drivers of a tractor-trailer and a pick-up truck after a collision near Casper seriously injured both men and resulted in the deaths of 20 cattle. 

Authorities say they believe one of the drivers was texting at the time of the crash and that the other driver ran a stop sign.

The driver of the pick-up was listed in critical condition after the crash, though he is expected to survive his injuries. The 55-year-old is believed by officials to have driven his pick-up through a highway stop sign and pulled in front of the semi.

The 29-year-old driver of the 18-wheeler is believed to have been texting at the time. He was listed in stable condition.

Both men were rushed to a nearby hospital emergency room after the violent collision of their vehicles.

Before being taken to the ER, the driver of the 18-wheeler told officials he had seen the pick-up coming from his left.

The semi was hauling 71 head of cattle and apparently swerved to avoid a collision with the smaller vehicle.

But the vehicles collided, causing major damage to the pick-up’s passenger side and the semi’s cab. The driver of the larger vehicle had to be cut out of the 18-wheeler.

Though it’s rare to see news of an accident in which one driver allegedly goes through a stop sign and the other driver is texting, it’s not unusual to see either of these factors involved in crashes that can leave motorists with serious injuries.

Anyone injured by a distracted driver or a motorist who fails to obey traffic signs should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about their legal options. 

Source: Billings Gazette, "WHP cites drivers in crash that killed 20 cattle," Patrick Simonatis, March 9, 2014

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