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.
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.
Montana residents are familiar with winter driving. Yet every year accidents occur because someone failed to take winter weather and road conditions into account when driving. This holiday season may be a good time to review some safe winter driving tips.
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.
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.
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.
When vehicles collide head-on at highway speeds, the results are often fatal. That was unfortunately the case when a head-on collision occurred recently near Alzada, Montana on U.S. Highway 212. A 16-year-old boy from South Dakota was killed in the crash.
The Montana Highway Patrol's mission is to make the state's roadways as safe as possible for motorists. But they can't be everywhere at once, and they can't prevent every car accident. So far this year 88 people have lost their lives on Montana roads. This compares to 111 traffic fatalities in the state last year.