Montana is a big state, and Montana residents often have to drive long distances to get from one town to another. Unfortunately, spending long, monotonous hours behind the wheel can be hazardous. A driver who is short of sleep on a long drive is in danger of falling asleep behind the wheel and causing an auto accident. Even nodding off for a few seconds can have disastrous consequences.
The New Year brought some encouraging news for Montana residents. The Montana Highway Patrol reported that the number of people killed on the state's roads in 2014 was significantly fewer than in 2013. Motor vehicle accidents claimed 192 lives in 2014 as compared to 229 in 2013, a 16 percent drop.
A serious auto accident can change a life in a matter of seconds. Car accident injuries can result in hospitalization, lingering pain, lost income from work and the inability to enjoy activities that were once an important part of your life. In cases of catastrophic injuries or a brain injury, an individual may lose the ability to carry out even the most basic functions of life.
Montana is a big state, and most Montanans are used to driving long distances. When traffic on rural highways is light, a person can save a lot of time by driving fast. Four Montana state legislators are now working on separate bills that would increase the daytime speed limit on interstates in Montana to 80 m.p.h. and in the case of one stretch of road, 85 m.p.h.
The sudden loss of a loved one in an auto accident is devastating for family members. When the loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident, in addition to shock and grief there is usually a desire to see justice done.
Traffic in Billings can be heavy, and heavy traffic increases the risk of car accidents. Recently Billings police identified the intersections in town where a significant number of motor vehicle accidents occur. According to police the most accident-prone intersection is in the Heights, where Main Street crosses Lake Elmo Drive.
If you've been injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver in Montana, you have the right to sue that driver and recover monetary damages. But you have a limited time in which to do so. There are time limits, known as statutes of limitation, within which you must commence your suit.
Right after an auto accident you are likely to be in a state of shock and emotional distress. The purpose of this post is to give Billings readers of this blog some information about some things they should do if they find themselves in this traumatic situation.
A head-on collision at highway speeds is a violent event that often results in serious injury or death. Tragically, this was the outcome of an auto accident that occurred recently on U.S. Highway 93 northwest of Whitefish. A 23-year-old woman from Montana died and two other people were injured when their vehicles collided head-on.
After a serious car accident, victims are often groping for answers. If you were injured and the other driver was at fault, you may be entitled to monetary damages. But in many accidents the investigation will reveal that both drivers were partly at fault. Does that prevent you from making a claim in Montana? It depends.