The Montana Highway Patrol put out statistics regularly, many of which can help drivers make better decisions and remain informed about how others are driving around them. This year, the MHP released information showing that both July and August are the deadliest months to be a driver in the state.
Getting into a car crash is difficult for anyone, but when you suffer a life-changing and debilitating injury, your entire world is turned upside down. When you were hit by a semitruck, the force was so intense that you ended up breaking bones in your face upon impact with the airbag. You have a moderate concussion and damage to your spinal cord as well.
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to serious complications. Many people struggle with temporary and permanent disabilities. Some pass away as a result of their injuries.
Car crashes can be unpredictable. What happens in one may not happen in another, even under similar circumstances. As someone who has been involved in a crash, you know that the injuries you've suffered are unique to your situation. You also want to make sure that the driver who struck you is held responsible.
Some people take risks every day by heading to a job with a lot of hazards or defending their country in military service. For most Americans, however, the greatest daily risk in their lives may be sitting in a motor vehicle and headed out for errands.
Bozeman, Montana, has seen an alarming number of car crashes over the winter months of 2019-2020. In February 2020 alone, the crash investigator employed by Bozeman police has responded to more than 80 accidents. The winter as a whole has seen over 600 accidents. The winter of 2018-2019 was even worse with some 900 accidents arising.
The National Safety Council estimates that there were 38,800 traffic fatalities in Montana and across the U.S. in 2019: a 2% decline from 2018 and a 4% decline from 2017. This is a positive trend after the spike in fatalities that 2015 and 2016 experienced. Overall, of course, road safety has vastly improved since the 1970s, but there are still areas of concern that the NSC has pointed out.
A study of drivers between the ages of 18 to 24 conducted by The Zebra found that 39% of respondents admitted to texting while driving. Interestingly, people do so despite knowing that it can be dangerous. Montana motorists who are tempted to drive while distracted can use several strategies to avoid doing so. For instance, they should set their GPS, find a radio station and otherwise get ready for their trip before the car starts moving.
The transportation nonprofit Go Safe Labs has released a report listing the 10 cities with the highest car crash numbers in 2019 as well as the 10 most accident-prone regions in the U.S. Researchers hope that as residents of Montana and across the U.S. consider the lists, they can practice safer driving.
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.