The Montana Department of Transportation recently published new information that travelers across the state will be glad to hear. There was reportedly a significant decrease in car accidents throughout the state in January. In fact, there were more than 30% fewer fatalities in that month in 2020 than occurred in the same month of the previous year.
A motor vehicle accident can change a person's life in an instant. One second a Montana driver may be heading to the store or going to work, and the next moment that person may be left with pain and debilitating injuries. While anyone is susceptible to injuries in a crash, there is some reason to believe that certain people are more likely to experience injuries than others in car accidents.
In Montana and across the country, many people enjoy listening to the radio. It is not uncommon for disc jockeys to obtain celebrity status in their communities or nationwide. When car accidents occur involving local celebrities, it often sends a ripple of grief throughout an entire region. Sadly, that is exactly what happened following a recent collision that involved a well-known 63-year-old musician and radio DJ in Missoula.
Nothing can prepare the average Montana family for learning that a loved one has suffered fatal injuries in a collision. There are typically more car accidents during holiday seasons for various reasons. In addition to there being more cars on the road, there also tends to be more drunk drivers, which places all travelers nearby at great risk.
As in other states across the country that typically experience wintry road conditions this time of year, Montana motorists and travelers must be especially cautious when they head out on the highways. It is no secret that there are usually more car accidents in inclement weather than there are when the sun is brightly shining and roadways are dry. Driver negligence is often listed as a causal factor when motorists fail to reach their travel destinations because of collisions.
A Montana college student was walking along a roadway in the wee hours of a Sunday morning. The events that unfolded resulted in tragedy. The driver of a pickup truck struck the pedestrian. Car accidents involving pedestrians often end in fatality, as this incident did.
It was driving safety week at a local Catholic high school in Montana. The principal of the school had a wrecked vehicle placed at the entrance to the school parking lot that students use. She said she wanted to car to be near the road so that student drivers would see it as they arrived for school each day. The display is meant to raise awareness of the need for driving safety, which will, in turn, hopefully help reduce the number of car accidents in the area.
When motor vehicle collisions occur in Montana or anywhere, investigators often have to work for weeks to determine who or what may have caused a particular crash. Car accidents the result in fatalities are especially tragic. In fact, a recent report published the names of four victims who died in a two-car collision last month.
Advanced technology has definitely added convenience and ease to modern life. For instance, Montana travelers no longer have to try to spread road maps out in the front seat when they can simply GPS their way to a destination instead. Cellphones and other electronic devices can place drivers at risk for collisions although many people say hands-free devices are much safer to use and can help avoid car accidents, which begs the question: Is that true?
Even as the sun sets in Montana, motorists still fill the roadways. People are running errands, driving home from work or are headed out for a night on the town. While you may be familiar with navigating the roads at night, you may not know of the added dangers that are involved with nighttime driving. According to AAA, people are three times more likely to die in a catastrophic accident at night than they are during the day. If you understand what these hazards are, you may be able to minimize your risk of becoming involved in a deadly car accident.