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A third of American teenagers admit to texting and driving

Sharing the Montana roadway with teenagers is undeniably dangerous, both because teens are often prone to distraction and because they inherently lack driving experience. A teen driver can become even more of a highway hazard, however, if he or she is also actively texting behind the wheel, which is something teens across the nation continue to do at alarming rates. At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton, we recognize that teens who text and drive endanger not only themselves, but everyone else on the road, and we have helped many victims of teen-driver-involved car wrecks pursue appropriate recourse in their aftermath.

Teen participating in viral challenge causes car crash

Many activities “go viral” because of their entertainment appeal, especially for the younger crowd. Some of these events serve a useful purpose, such as taking the ice water challenge to raise awareness and funds for ALS. Others, like the Tide Pod challenge, seem to have no value and can, in fact, be harmful. When those participating in a viral challenge harm people in Montana or elsewhere, there can be legal ramifications.

Can a car wreck paralyze you?

Winter has arrived in Montana, and with it comes more automobile accidents. Unfortunately, you stand a good chance of becoming involved in one of them and the results could be catastrophic. For instance, if you injure your neck or back in your accident, you could sever your spinal cord and become paralyzed.

What is loss of consortium?

If your loved one loses his or her life in a Montana car crash or other catastrophic event, you can sue the negligent party responsible for the accident for wrongful death. As part of your damages that you can collect, you can sue for loss of consortium.

Family of four killed in catastrophic car accident

Thanksgiving is generally a time when families get together and celebrate. Many motorists travel during this time, and inclement weather conditions can make it difficult to get to one’s destination. As the roads are filled with holiday travelers, it is crucial that people take caution when navigating the roadways around other motorists. While it is generally a happy time of year, unfortunate tragedies occur.

Montana vehicular fatalities on the decline

People in Montana enjoy some of the most amazing natural beauty to be experienced anywhere in the country. The wide open roads can bring a sense of freedom and safety that sometimes is not accurate. Whether in town or on rural roads, car accidents can and do happen and may cause serious, lifelong injuries or even death. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that vehicular fatalities across Montana have actually declined. While this is very positive, clearly more is needed to continue this trend and too many people continue to die on Montana roads and highways.

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. 

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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