There has been an increase in pedestrian fatalities in Montana in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 24 pedestrians were killed in Montana in 2013. This number represents a significant jump in pedestrian deaths in the state over the past several years. At Cok Kinzler PLLP, we understand the severity of accident-related injuries that people face when walking or biking near traffic.
Whenever you get behind the wheel, your focus should be on the road. At Cok Kinzler PLLP, we have seen all too often what can happen when people are distracted. In order to stay safe, you should know what Montana’s laws are regarding cellphone use while driving and which behaviors constitute a distraction.
If you’ve been in a car accident in Montana, you may not know how to react. This is especially true if there were injuries, whether the crash was serious or a minor fender bender.
Over the years traffic laws and driving regulations have changed and morphed to affect new teenage drivers, hoping to meld them into safer drivers. However, well practiced and versed in driving a teen is, the trepidation a parent feels sending them out on the road is hard to eradicate. This concern could have quickly turned to panic when a Montana teen involved in a car accident injuring five people, resulted in a visit to the local hospital.
On Aug. 15, a young man was sentenced to 120 days of jail time for striking and killing a pedestrian with his vehicle last year. The Montana car accident is being referred to as an incident of careless driving. The 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charge of careless driving earlier this year.
Even on the day of his hearing, it was apparent the devastation the 24-year-old driver had brought to a Montana family by passing illegally on a highway overpass and causing the car accident that killed a family man and seriously injured his wife.
All it takes is one inebriated driver to change the course of a family’s life forever. One Montana family knows this all too well when a member of their family was killed in a drunk driving accident last year. Now, the driver has been sentenced for her role in the crash.
A recent weekend in western Montana proved to be a hazardous one for automobile drivers and passengers. A woman from Whitefish was the 12th person to die in a weekend that saw five separate fatal car accidents.
It can happen to anyone at any time, without warning. All it takes is one driver, distracted by texting or overly tired due to lack of sleep. If a driver are not paying close enough attention to their surroundings, before anyone realizes what is happening, there could be yet another car accident on the road.
Driving a car is serious business. When drivers climb behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, they are committing themselves to follow the rules of the road and drive safely, whether they are alone or carrying passengers. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. A Montana Tech student made this perfectly clear when he got behind the wheel of a car with several friends and wound up killing one of them.