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Yellowstone County leads state in speed-related deaths

If you are like a lot of people in Montana, you are concerned about your safety and the safety of those you love when you are on the road. This concern is not without good cause because it seems that despite many advances in vehicle safety, too many other drivers continue to ignore safety and instead make reckless choices. These choices include driving after consuming alcohol and exceeding the posted speed limits. 

According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Yellowstone County was the location of more vehicular fatalities involving excessive speed than any other county in the state in 2017. A total of five people were killed in crashes in which speed was a contributing factor. Treasure and Montana Counties each lost three people to speed-related accidents. All other counties had even fewer than that. Speed was a factor in more than 41 percent of all auto deaths in the state that year.

Only two counties had more alcohol-related fatalities than Yellowstone County in 2017, where four people lost their lives at the hands of drunk drivers. Impaired driving was involved in one out of every three vehicular deaths in the county that year. Statewide, 56 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2017.

If you would like to learn more about how to seek help after you or a loved on has been involved in an accident caused by a reckless driver, please feel free to visit the crash assistance and compensation page of our Montana personal injury and motor vehicle accident website.

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