There are several factors that contribute to the safety of roadways in Montana and across the country. Speed limits, road conditions and weather conditions all affect road safety, and can ultimately determine the likelihood that people traveling through that area may become involved in a catastrophic car accident. Since motorists are able to travel at a much higher rate of speed on many Montana roadways, the risk of car accidents, injuries and death increases as well.
Currently, Montana has a maximum speed limit of 80 mph, which is higher than the maximum speed limit in many other states in the nation. A study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that the motor vehicle accident fatality rate in Montana was higher than twice that of the national average. Some believe that the high speed limit may play a role in these high statistics. While some of the lowest fatality rates were in New Jersey and New York at 6.1 per 100,000 people, Montana came in with the highest at 22.6 per 100,000 people. In 2013, 229 people were killed in car accidents on Montana roadways, which was a substantial increase from the 205 auto collision deaths in 2012.
Researchers, who evaluated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in addition to speed, demographics also played a role in the safety of roadways.
Victims of car accidents caused by drivers who are speeding, drunk, distracted or otherwise reckless may be entitled to compensation. People may be left with serious injuries, extensive property damage and medical bills stemming from the accident. An attorney in Montana may be able to help people navigate through the claims process.
Source: AllGov.com, “Deadliest State for Driving-Montana; Least Deadly-Massachusetts,” Noel Brinkerhoff, Steve Straehley, Nov. 7, 2015.