The Montana Highway Patrol's mission is to make the state's roadways as safe as possible for motorists. But they can't be everywhere at once, and they can't prevent every car accident. So far this year 88 people have lost their lives on Montana roads. This compares to 111 traffic fatalities in the state last year.
Intoxicated drivers are a major cause of serious injury and death on Montana Roads. Billings police believe a drunk driver was the cause of a car accident at the intersection of Rehberg Lane and Grand Avenue last Sunday evening. The crash sent two individuals to the hospital.
Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable when they are involved in a collision with a larger vehicle. Sometimes they can be injured just by trying to get out of the way of a negligent driver. That appears to be what happened in a recent accident that occurred on Highway 312 and 12 Mile Road, northeast of Billings.
Mining has long been one of the most hazardous occupations in America. Coal mining in Montana is unfortunately no exception. One of the hazards is the heavy equipment used in open-pit mines, including the giant trucks used to haul the coal. One of those trucks, weighing 230 tons, was involved in an accident at a coal mine in southeastern Montana recently. Tragically, the driver was killed.