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Teaching teens about the dangers of texting and driving

When parents are teaching their new teenage driver about the risks of driving, they often focus on factors such as inclement weather, recklessness and distraction. One of the most dangerous behaviors to participate in while driving is texting. Parents who wish to educate their children about this extreme hazard may sometimes be conflicted about the right way to bring it up. However, their proactivity in doing so can be all that it takes to encourage a new generation of safe drivers in Montana. 

What are retained surgical items?

As you enter the operating room to have a procedure performed, you are putting your health and wellbeing in the hands of experienced and talented surgeons and operating room staff. The last thing on your mind is whether or not you will leave the OR with a surgical instrument sutured up inside of you. The very thought of something like this happening sounds unheard of. However, it does happen more often than you may think.

Understand the settlement process in Montana

If you are involved in a crash in Montana, then you should know about the car accident settlement process and the time it takes to settle the claim. Understanding this can help you better plan for your own financial issues during the time it takes to resolve the claim and get the care you need.

What are trucker road check inspections?

When you drive alongside a massive tractor trailer on the Montana roadway, you may take for granted that the truck driver operating the large vehicle is fully trained and licensed to do so. You may be surprised to find out, however, that the truck driver may have former violations and should not be allowed to operate a truck at all or that the truck they are driving does not pass requirements to function on the road.

Truck driver shortage may cause increase in accidents

Truck drivers fill a vital role, transporting essential goods across Montana and throughout the country. Well trained and qualified truck drivers are crucial to ensure these products are delivered safely. The American Truck Associations report a shortage of 50,000 truck drivers in the U.S., and that there are not enough truck drivers on the road to keep up with the growing demand. This year alone, the amount of freight needing to be delivered grew by 4.2 percent, and by 2029, freight tonnage is expected to increase by 35.6 percent.

Age-related accidents a problem in Montana

A number of elderly drivers in the nation put other motorists at risk while on the road. Motorists who are over the age of 65 were involved in over 6,700 deadly car accidents in 2016 alone, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The District of Columbia and 33 states have regulations in place, requiring elderly drivers to go through a different licensing process than other motorists. States may restrict online registration, require elderly drivers to come in for vision and/or road tests or have them renew their drivers licenses more frequently. In Montana, drivers over the age of 75 must renew their licenses every four years, as opposed to every eight years, which is regular renewal length.

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