Those Bozeman residents who come to see us here at Cok Kinzler PLLP after having been injured in a car accident may be justifiably upset as to the causes of their collisions. If you are like most drivers, than you likely go the great lengths to ensure that you pose no threat to others on the road around you. Given this attitude, you too may be frustrated if another’s negligence behind the wheel caused you harm. Of the many forms of recklessness demonstrated by drivers, speeding may be the most common. Understanding Montana’s speed limit laws may prove beneficial when trying to determine liability following an accident.
According to the state’s Annotated Code, the speed limit on a federal-aid interstate highway within an area populated by more than 50,000 people is 65 miles-per-hour. That limit increases to 80 mph on highways passing through rural areas with smaller populations. All other public highways observe a speed of 70 mph during daytime hours, and 65 mph at night. When traveling through a populated urban area, one should not exceed 25 mph.
Yet what happens if weather, traffic or road conditions call for one to drive slower to maintain control of his or her vehicle? The law states that in such conditions, a person should drive “at a reduced rate of speed no greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions existing at the point of operation.” For example, a person that collides with you while speeding along an ice-covered public highway may not be able to use the excuse that his or she was not at fault due to speeding simply because he or she was not exceeding 70 mph.
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