Railroads play an important part in Montana's economy. Long freight trains carry the state's oil, coal and agricultural products to markets throughout the nation. But trains can be deadly, especially where their tracks cross roads and highways. There are over 3,500 railroad crossings in Montana. The nonprofit group Operation Lifesaver has published some safety tips that can help prevent death and serious injury to motorists.
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.
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.
Intoxicated drivers are a major cause of serious injury and death on Montana Roads. Billings police believe a drunk driver was the cause of a car accident at the intersection of Rehberg Lane and Grand Avenue last Sunday evening. The crash sent two individuals to the hospital.
Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable when they are involved in a collision with a larger vehicle. Sometimes they can be injured just by trying to get out of the way of a negligent driver. That appears to be what happened in a recent accident that occurred on Highway 312 and 12 Mile Road, northeast of Billings.
A violent car collision disturbed the peace of a Billings residential neighborhood and sent two people to the hospital about a week ago. Billings Police say speed and alcohol were involved, and they are investigating it as a drunk driving accident.
A fatal car accident can leave surviving loved ones in a state of shock and devastated by grief. The family of a deceased car accident victim can also face serious financial issues, especially if they were dependent on the victim for support.
A tragic accident in north central Montana has injured a woman and killed a 17-year-old girl. The accident happened near Box Elder, in Hill County. According to the local sheriff's office, the 17-year-old Shawmut girl was driving north on U.S. Highway 87 shortly after 6 p.m. on a recent Sunday afternoon. For some reason she lost control of her vehicle and crossed over into the southbound lane. She was involved in a head-on crash with a car driven by a 30-year-old Havre woman.
When a vehicle crosses the centerline of a highway into the opposite lane of traffic at a high rate of speed, the drivers of vehicles in the opposite lane have very little time to react. All too often the result is a high-speed head-on collision resulting in death or serious injury. Perhaps due to the long distances traveled and the potential for driver fatigue, these types of accidents are not uncommon in Montana. Recently one such crash killed a 66-year-old Bozeman man and left another man seriously injured.
An auto accident on U.S. 87 between Fort Benton and Great Falls sent five people to the hospital recently. Although only two vehicles actually collided, the Montana Highway Patrol was looking for a third vehicle that fled the scene.