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Campaign aims to reduce bike, pedestrian accidents in Billings


On many Billings streets, and particularly in the downtown area, motorists share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. Unfortunately, when a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian or a bicycle, the result for the person on foot or bike is often serious injury or death. In 2011, 30 pedestrians and 33 cyclists were injured, and two pedestrians were killed, in Yellowstone County auto accidents. In an effort to reduce injuries and deaths in collisions involving motorized and non-motorized transportation, a local community group, Healthy by Design, has initiated a safety campaign called "Crash the Myth."

Motorcyclist killed in accident near Billings airport

Most motorcyclists know that some drivers just don't see them. Whether that was a factor in a recent fatal accident in the Billings area is not yet known.

Unsafe working conditions lead to injuries in oil fields


In Montana and other states that sit atop the Bakken oil fields, workplace injuries have been an unwanted byproduct of the oil boom. Worker inexperience is part of the problem. Statistics show that in the oil and gas industry, the greatest number of injury claims are filed by workers who have been on the job for less than a year. But at least one expert believes the boom has hit the point that workers now have enough experience, on average, that workplace injuries will start to decrease.

Elderly pedestrian killed in Billings accident


When a pedestrian is struck by a full-size pickup truck the outcome is likely to be tragic. Unfortunately that was the case in a recent late-morning accident in Billings.

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