Earlier this year we published a post in this blog discussing the severity of Montana's drunk driving problem. Statistics indicate that Montana has the second-highest rate of drunk driving deaths of all the states in the U.S. Drunk drivers have caused untold amounts of suffering to Montana families.
Montana authorities post speed limits to alert drivers to the maximum legal speed on any given road. These include daytime speed limits, which are in effect from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset, and nighttime speed limits for all other times.
Distracted driving is a serious safety issue in the United States. A Montana legislator is trying to reduce the danger in our state through a bill that would outlaw talking or texting on a cellular device while driving, unless that device is hands-free. State Representative Virginia Court of Billings is currently drafting the proposed law.
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.
Like almost every state, Montana requires all vehicle owners to carry liability insurance or post an indemnity bond to cover bodily injury damages resulting from an accident. Owners of fleets of 25 or more vehicles can provide a certificate of self-insurance if they have sufficient resources to pay a judgment arising out of an accident. The insurance must provide liability coverage for bodily injuries in the amounts of $25,000 per person injured and $50,000 per accident. Unfortunately, many drivers in Montana drive without insurance, in violation of the law.
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.
Many Montana residents use smartphones and similar devices to stay connected with work, family and friends throughout the day. But when people use that technology behind the wheel, they create a serious risk to themselves and everyone else on the road.