When a car or truck collides with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist usually gets the worst of it. With nothing between them and the pavement, motorcyclists can suffer injuries even in minor or low-speed collisions. This happened recently on Billings' South Side, when the operator of a small motorcycle or moped was hit by a car in what appears to have been a distracted driver accident.
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.
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.
No one ever plans on having a car accident. When it happens, an injured victim can feel shock, confusion and anxiety about medical expenses, lost time from work, and future pain and disability. Fortunately, those who are injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver have legal remedies under Montana law.
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in Montana and around the country. A recent example in Lake County ended up in a chain reaction that damaged five vehicles, closed Highway 93 North for more than an hour, and sent one driver to the hospital.
A head-on collision often results in serious injury or death for those involved. But four people involved in a head-on crash just outside Great Falls recently were lucky: only one of them had to be taken to the hospital, and that person's injuries were reported to be minor.
Most people in Montana are probably aware by now that texting and driving is a serious threat to safety. A number of safety campaigns have publicized the dangers. Yet people continue to do it, and it continues to cause accidents-some of them fatal.
Distracted driving causes a lot of accidents on Montana roads. Police have indicated they believe the death of a Missoula high school athlete who was killed recently while walking with his girlfriend was a distracted driver accident.
With our increasing dependence on personal technology, distracted driving is becoming a serious danger on the roads today. A recent distracted driver accident in Montana is an extreme example of a driver neglecting his responsibility to pay attention to the task of driving.
In late July a man and woman from Wisconsin were injured when their motorcycle left the road on Interstate 90 in Billings. The man was driving when he apparently lost control of the bike. The bike overturned and the two occupants were thrown from it. No other vehicles were involved. The Montana Highway Patrol indicated it was unclear whether or not the two were wearing helmets.