Although driving requires the full attention of the person operating the vehicle, the number of people who apply their full concentration on the road while driving is dwindling. It isn’t uncommon to see motorists engaged in many distractive activities while behind the wheel. These activities include texting and/or talking on a cellphone, checking email, posting status updates, and even attempting to take pictures of themselves while driving.
Not only is aggressive driving a problem on Montana roadways, it is also an issue for drivers throughout most of the United States. People’s lives can get stressful and some take their anxiety and anger out on the road. When people become stuck in traffic day after day, are late to an important appointment or just irritated with other drivers in general, they may snap and take their rage out on an unsuspecting motorist. Aggressive driving behaviors put the lives of motorists at risk, as well as the lives of everyone else on the road.
During the Fourth of July, many people celebrate the holiday by lighting fireworks or attending a large display. While these celebrations can be a lot of fun, they may also increase the likelihood of an auto collision in different ways. For example, someone may be distracted by the fireworks or attempts to look for a parking space, causing them to drive in front of oncoming traffic or collide with a vehicle in front of them. Moreover, these celebrations can lead to alcohol intoxication, which is dangerous for anyone who gets behind the wheel, and traffic congestion as well.
If you are a Montana motorist, you know that there are currently no bans on driving while using a hand-held or hands-free cellphone. In many states across the nation, however, using a hand-held cellphone to talk, text or message while behind the wheel is against the law. A number of motorists have started using hands free cellphones in an attempt to stay in compliance with the law and continue using a cellphone while behind the wheel. These cellular devices are marketed as being safer to use than hand-held cellphones. Yet, studies show that the amount of cognitive distraction caused by using a hands-free cellphone is not considerably less than using a hand-held cellphone.
If you regularly drive down the road in Montana and see other motorists using their phones, eating or drinking, or otherwise engaging in distracted driving practices, you may have firsthand knowledge of just how severe the problem has become. At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colston, we know that injuries and fatalities often result when drivers fail to follow the rules of the road, and we have helped many people who suffered injury in distracted driving-related accidents hold the appropriate parties accountable.
When the sun sets in Montana, cars and trucks continue to fill the roads. People traveling home from work or school, running errands or going out for the night navigate the nighttime roadways. While most streets are brightly lit, people have a harder time seeing in the dark. This can make it difficult to drive safely on the road, and could put other drivers in danger. According to the National Safety Council, fatal automobile accidents are three times more likely during the day than at night.
Most Montana drivers probably have areas in which they could improve their performance behind the wheel, but recent research indicates that motorists who fall within one particular age group have more improvements to make than others. Millennial drivers have long been plagued by rumors of carelessness and recklessness behind the wheel, and it appears that their poor reputation is, in fact, deserved.
Most of those operating vehicles on the roads in and around Billings are likely confident in their driving skills as well as their ability to avoid collisions with other motorists. However, Mother Nature often has a way of throwing obstacles at all drivers that can make maintaining control of a vehicle much more difficult. Snow and rain can create slick road conditions that can create problems for even the most experienced drivers. Many understand that when such conditions exist, it is typically best to slow down in order to drive safely. Sadly, others often ignore such advice, which can ultimately endanger themselves as well as other.
You likely get quite stressed out when stuck in traffic or driving around others on Montana roadways. It is normal to be frustrated, but when that frustration elevates into uncontrollable anger, you could become a victim of road rage. According to WebMD, road rage is aggressive driving and actions that result in dangerous situations on the roadways.
It seems like every day in Billings, there is another horrific car accident. Perhaps the weather plays a role in some of these, or maybe they happen due to the sudden appearance of random wildlife in the road. While these factors might contribute to some car wrecks, studies have shown that approximately 25 percent of traffic accidents occur because of distracted driving.