Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton
Free Initial Consultation
Call 406-545-0889

$150,000,000

In Verdicts And Settlements

Over

65 Years

Combined Legal Experience

2000

Cases Resolved

View Blog Navigation

Data shows car accident deaths up sharply in the U.S.


For years, deaths in motor vehicle accidents have been on the decline in the United States. But some Montana readers may be surprised to learn that this is no longer the case. According to preliminary estimates released recently by the National Safety Council, car accident deaths in 2016 were up six percent over the previous year. This follows a seven percent increase in 2015. That two-year increase in fatal accidents is the largest in over 50 years.

Safety advocates point to a number of possible causes for the increase, including smartphone apps that encourage distracted driving, and an improving economy over the last two years putting more people on the roads. But government experts and safety advocates say the primary reason is reduced enforcement of speeding, drunk driving and seat belt laws, due in part to budget cuts affecting law enforcement agencies.

About 50 percent of people who die in traffic accidents were not wearing a seat belt. Montana law requires seat belt use by all occupants of a car, including those in the back seat. But failing to use a seat belt is only a secondary offense in Montana, meaning that police and Highway Patrol officers cannot issue a ticket for it unless the driver is pulled over for another violation.

Those who have lost a loved one due to another driver's negligence have important legal rights. Under Montana law, surviving next of kin have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit and recover monetary damages. This can be vitally important for survivors, especially spouses and minor children who have lost a caregiver and breadwinner.

Source: New York Times, "U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise for a Second Straight Year," Neal E. Boudette, Feb. 15, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response
Contextual

Your Future Can Be Brighter

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Super Lawyers American Assciation For Justice The Best Lawyers In America State Bar Of Montana

Keep In Touch

-

Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton
310 Grand Ave
Billings, MT 59101

Toll Free: 877-413-7681
Phone: 406-545-0889
Fax: 406-259-1094
Map & Directions

Review Us