Montana residents are likely to have seen at least one driver use a cellphone irresponsibly. While texting may seem benign, statistics have proven that driving while distracted is very often injurious and even deadly. Forty percent of teenagers in America said that they had been in a vehicle when a driver placed others in danger by using a cellphone, according to one study. Moreover, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2010, distracted driving, which includes texting, caused 18 percent of all fatal crashes and crashes that caused injury.
On Aug. 2, the Montana Highway Patrol responded to a 5-car accident that happened on Highway 287 close to the community of Cameron in western Montana. It was around 5:40 p.m. when two northbound vehicles slowed down to make a left-hand turn into Cameron. The second vehicle was rear-ended by a third, and as it spun out of control, it moved into southbound traffic colliding with a Jeep towing a travel trailer. Wreckage from the crash impacted a fifth vehicle.
GM vehicle drivers in Bozeman may be interested in knowing that General Motors may have been alerted to trouble with certain vehicles years prior to the issue of their recall. Several rental car companies reported accidents involving their customers and asked for investigations into the circumstances.
One man was killed in a two-car accident that occurred approximately 100 miles northwest of Bozeman on June 14. The accident happened at 1:40 a.m. on the northbound side of Interstate 15 close to Montana City. According to investigators, the collision happened because a car was stopped on the highway. Montana Highway Patrol suspects that alcohol contributed to the crash.
It seems that no students were seriously hurt in a two-vehicle crash outside of Bozeman, Montana that left the driver of one vehicle seriously injured. The car accident occurred when the driver of a sedan careened into the back of a chartered bus carrying a large number of area students.
A fatal car accident in Montana left one woman dead and a man injured recently. The afternoon incident happened at an intersection near Bozeman.
County officials have realized that real dangers exist at an intersection in Bozeman, Montana. In the past few years, many serious accidents have occurred at this location. Most recently, a car transporting two people collided with a dump truck, leaving the two people in recovery at a local hospital. In July 2012, a woman from out of state neglected to stop at a stop sign and hit an oncoming vehicle, resulting in her own death.
Residents of Bozeman may feel as if they have been hearing more and more about pedestrian accidents in recent years. This is likely because the number of pedestrian deaths has been on the rise across the country until lately. From 2009 to 2012, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 15 percent even though the total number of car accident deaths decreased by 3 percent. However, it does appear that the dramatic increase in pedestrian deaths has now reversed.
When a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol investigates a car accident and says that he has seen fatal crashes with less vehicle damage, those involved in the current accident are lucky to walk away with minor injuries. This recently happened in a three-vehicle car accident near Polson. The trooper said that seatbelts contributed to the lack of serious injury.
While all fatal car accidents are tragic, those that involve drunk driving are often particularly disturbing. This is because drunk driving accidents are so easily preventable. Montana residents know drunk driving is extremely hazardous. There is no denying it. However, a number of people continue to make the terribly reckless decision to drive while intoxicated, despite the warnings, putting their own lives and the lives of others at risk.