Montana motorcyclists may enjoy their ability to see beautiful country as they ride, but there is an awareness of their vulnerability as they share the roads with other motorists. A violation of a motorcyclist's right-of-way is one of the most common challenges, responsible for as many as two-thirds of motorcycle accidents on a national scale. One of the most common reasons for such a violation is a lack of visibility. It would be nice if vehicles could communicate their positions even when motorists are unable to see. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology is expected to make this possibility a reality in coming years.
Local news agencies report that a two-vehicle head-on collision in Kalispell at around 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 18 left both drivers with various injuries. Firefighters extricated both parties from their vehicles, and ambulances transported them to Kalispell Regional Medical Center with injuries of a non-life threatening-nature.
A relatively common cause of car accidents is a driver's attempt to overcorrect after letting the vehicle drift off the shoulder of the road. This kind of mistake may be especially dangerous in Montana, where long stretches of road can lull drivers into a state of inattention.