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January 2020 Archives

Determining who was responsible in multi-car crashes

Multi-vehicle collisions can result in serious injuries for all parties involved; it can also be a legal nightmare as the victims and their attorneys try to determine who was at fault and to what degree. Montana residents can consider the following outline, which gives a few basics about determining fault. They may want a lawyer to assist with the gathering of evidence that supports the determination.

Carmakers criticized over rear-seat passenger protection

The new cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in dealer showrooms in Montana and around the country boast an impressive array of innovative safety features, but a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study reveals that many of them do little to protect rear-seat passengers. The Virginia-based advocacy group says that this is a serious problem because many people are now using ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft instead of their cars to get around.

The timing of SCI surgery could plot the course of your recovery

You may have heard the accident before you realized what was happening. It may have taken you a second or two to identify the crunch of metal, the skidding of tires and other sounds that indicate you were in a crash. In the next few minutes, you may have struggled to catch up with events.

Red-light cameras save lives but have not gained public support

In a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 42.7% of respondents admitted to running a red light at least once in the previous 30 days. This was in spite of the fact that 92.9% of respondents acknowledged that running a red light is wrong. Drivers in Montana should know that red-light running crashes claim the lives of hundreds of people every year.

Ignition interlock a source for driver distraction

Montana residents should know about the good that is being done through ignition interlock devices. These are in-car Breathalyzers that let drivers start their vehicle only after they are proven to be sober. Installing one is mandatory for DUI offenders in 34 states, and over the past 10 years, the number of IIDs installed rose from 133,000 to 350,000.

Automated car features may lead to more accidents

Montana drivers who have vehicles with automated safety systems might need additional education on how to use these systems effectively. A study by AAA has found that the dependence and incorrect use of these systems is increasing the risk of accidents. Interestingly, the drivers who are less familiar with the systems have a lower risk of accidents.

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