Certainly no one in Bozeman wants to be involved in a car accident. Perhaps even more than the fear of injury or sustaining damage to their vehicles, people want to avoid accidents simply because they do not want to have to deal with the consequences that come with them. It may be this desire more than anything else that prompts people to leave the scene of an automobile collision before the authorities can arrive. Indeed, according to information shared by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, as many as 11 percent of accidents reported to the law enforcement involve at least one driver who flees the scene.
Each day, drivers become distracted while they are in control of a vehicle for various reasons. Often, cell phones are the reason why a driver becomes distracted, whether they are responding to a text message, reading an email or talking to someone. However, there are many other types of behavior that can result in distracted driving, which has serious consequences for people across the state of Montana.
To have to suffer through the loss of a loved one in a car accident in Bozeman may be unbearable. What might make such an ordeal even more so is if it is later learned that the negligent or reckless actions of another might have contributed to such a tragedy. Often, people assign the blame for car accidents to either other motorists one the road or, in the case of single car crashes, the actions of the drivers themselves. Yet what about instances where the unexplained acts of a passenger contributed to a collision?
After having been in a car accident in Bozeman, your first concern (after seeing to the care of yourself and others involved, of course) is often focused on the conduct of the driver that caused the collision. Assigning liability in such a situation may be much easier if you are able to establish that he or she was driving recklessly. The easiest way to do this is typically determining whether the driver was speeding. This may seem simple given that speed limits are typically clearly posted, yet that is not always the case.
The use of seatbelts and safety restraints to protect people while driving on Bozeman’s roads is an action that some can easily take for granted and forget to do. Many may believe that their own safe driving skills are enough to protect them from accidents. They then may allow that belief to justify not taking the extra time to ensure that themselves and their passengers are secured before driving. Sadly, it often takes a crash and one sustaining serious injuries to discover the folly in such thinking.
With more vehicles on Bozeman’s highways thanks to summertime travel comes an increased likelihood of you encountering one stopped on the shoulder or middle of the road. Many have comes to us here at Cok Kinzler PLLP after having been in collisions with disabled vehicles wondering what sort of requirements the drivers of such vehicles have to warn others of their presence. The answer to that question depends largely on the type of vehicle involved.
As summer approaches, Bozeman residents no doubt look forward to vacationing and enjoying outdoor activities. The inevitable rise in such activities typically means more vehicles on the road, which can increase the risk of traffic accidents. Fortunately, seat belt and safety restraint technology now affords even greater protection to drivers and their passengers. That protection can only be enjoyed, however, if people take advantage of it by using such safety measures.
While you, like many, might consider drunk drivers to be the biggest threat to your safety on Bozeman’s roads, another safety risk that often goes overlooked is distracted drivers. When hearing the term “distracted driver,” you likely envision someone using talking on their cell phone or texting while driving. Many of those that we here at Cok Kinzler PLLP have worked with once shared the same assumption, only to later find out that there are several different forms of distracted driving.
Automobile owners in Bozeman are expected to exercise all of their best judgments when on the road. Does that include ensuring that their cars are capable of taking on the current road conditions? Or that they use caution when they hit a stretch of highway that is known to be hazardous? When the potential for multiple reasons for a single accident exists, it may be difficult to assign liability. However, responsibility does need to be established in such cases in the event that any of the parties involved need to seek compensation from the one responsible.
If you are like most in Bozeman that have significant experience on the road, then you likely believe that you have a strong understanding of the state’s traffic laws. Yet many of those who come to us here at Cok Kinzler PLLP often think that those regulations are limited to how fast you should drive and whether or not you are legally required to wear your seatbelt. However, in many cases, simple matters such a misunderstanding over right-of-way can often lead to collisions. If you have been involved in such an accident, you should know what the right-of-way laws in Montana are to determine liability.