County officials have realized that real dangers exist at an intersection in Bozeman, Montana. In the past few years, many serious accidents have occurred at this location. Most recently, a car transporting two people collided with a dump truck, leaving the two people in recovery at a local hospital. In July 2012, a woman from out of state neglected to stop at a stop sign and hit an oncoming vehicle, resulting in her own death.
Since the devastating death of the out-of-state woman in 2012, the county has taken precautionary measures to try and thwart future accidents. Flashing lights and additional signage are now located at this busy junction. However, in light of the more recent accident, it seems that even more safety measures should be considered in this location. Therefore, the county is asking for this study in order to meet federal requirements and make this intersection safer for the people that use it.
The hope is that increasing and implementing safety measures at the busy corner will prevent future car accidents there. A four way stop or a stoplight might be the preventive measures needed to avoid car accidents in this location in the future. Hopefully, the study will be conducted and serious measures will be taken to remedy the situation at this intersection and help to save the lives of Bozeman residents.
While car accidents of this nature are typically unintentional and can possibly be avoided if drivers pay attention to the road and comply with traffic rules, some accidents are the result of a negligent or distracted driver.
Perhaps these measures by the county will prove to be positive. However, accidents can and do still happen, regardless of signage and federal regulations. Those injured in a car accident may want to seek legal advice to better understand their rights.
Source: KBZK News, "County asking for safety study of busy intersection after accident," Judy Slate, April 2, 2014