Every year, many people tragically lose their life while driving from poor decisions made by others. When an unexpected car crash takes the life of a loved one a person can feel grief peppered with anger and a desire for justice. The recently published fatal accident statistics revealed in a Montana report show the staggering number of those killed from vehicle crashes as well as those injured.
Every year the Montana Highway Patrol releases their analysis on accident and roadway fatality rates. In the past year 192 fatal vehicle accidents took the lives of 205 people. This rate suggests that a life was lost on the road about every two days. The report further cites that, although the rate of fatalities dropped by almost 2 percent during the time of data collection, the rate of injury increased by 11 percent. The rate of injury averaged out to one every 70 minutes.
The primary cause for the majority of accidents was negligent driving and inappropriate speed in poor conditions. Statistics revealed that 26 percent of the fatal crashes were caused by driving while intoxicated and 11 percent involving those who had abused drugs. The report revealed that the most dangerous time to drive was during the 5-6 p.m. rush hour, on a Thursday or in the month of December. However, most fatal crashes took place in the wee hours of the morning, between 2-3 a.m. on a Saturday.
Montana accidents totaled 20,295 in the past year. In comparison to fatal crashes, this could average to a collision every 25 seconds. The loss of a loved one goes far beyond a published number in an analysis made by officials. Others who have suffered a death in their family from a crash may have sought justice for a wrongful death claim. Fatal accident statistics revealed in a Montana report may highlight the gravity of such a grievous situation, prompting a family to pursue claims for financial relief based upon evidence of negligent or reckless actions of others.
Source: billingsgazette.com, DUI top cause of fatal accidents in Montana; 205 killed in 2012, David Erickson, Nov. 3, 2013