Any time you get behind the wheel, you risk getting into an accident with someone who is not insured or does not have adequate insurance to fully cover your injuries if they are at fault. In fact, claims Allstate, as many as one out of seven drivers in Montana and other states don’t even have liability insurance on their vehicles. This is against the law, as you may well be aware – every state, including Montana, requires drivers to carry liability insurance at the very minimum.
Negligent drivers make Montana roads and highways more dangerous. Distracted driving can lead to serious accidents that subsequently cause traumatic injuries. In addition to common injuries such as broken bones and strained muscles, skull fractures can result after a substantial blow to the head in a vehicle accident.
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.
On Oct. 31, Montana Highway Patrol conducted a total station investigation to look into the details of a fatal accident that took place along U.S. 93 the previous day. According to one of the troopers, a total station investigation is a survey of an accident scene used to create a two-scale diagram. While the investigation was underway, the roadway near the scene of the wreck was shut down.
The police chief in Billings recently took some time with a local news station to point out the most common bad driving habits of Billings residents. His statements aren't so surprising, but given the number of injurious car accidents that happen throughout Montana each day, it doesn't hurt to reiterate.
More and more people these days are coming to understand that, with head injuries, the risks are high. When a person has a concussion that goes undiagnosed, there is the risk that another concussion will lead to second-impact syndrome. In such a case, traumatic brain injury or even death can occur.
A 16-year-old boy and his friend were walking along an unlit road in unincorporated Lockwood when a 71-year-old man in a pickup truck approached them from behind. The truck hit the teen who was nearest to the road. He later died of his injuries.