Getting hit by another driver in Montana can be a terrifying experience, especially if that driver does not stay around to make sure you are alright. You may be unsure about what to do next and how to ensure that you are following the law. We at the Law Firm of Edmiston and Colton have detailed the top tips to follow if you are involved in a hit-and-run.
With the Fourth of July holiday drawing near, chances are that freeways will be clogged again with weekend vacation traffic. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) more than 40 million people will travel at least 50 miles to a destination, with a majority doing so by car.
Young drivers do not always make the best choices when behind the wheel, which can lead to accidents. For example, six young people are lucky to be alive after being involved in a high-speed auto accident where alcohol may have also played a role.
The law of physics is typically not on the side of accident victims. When the speed of multiple vehicles is factored in, the violence and damage of a collision is often multiplied. This is often the result of a severe and fatal car accidents. This remains true even if one or more vehicles in the collision were traveling safely and following the rules of the road. It only takes one driver and a mere second of negligence or recklessness to cause a tragic car crash.
All motorists must follow the rules of the road. Failure to do so, whether it is because of distractions, recklessness or intoxication, could result in a serious or even fatal car crash.
Some people in Montana may think that they can combat driver fatigue with a cup of coffee or an energy drink, rolling down the window for some fresh, cool air or turning up the volume on the radio. However, none of these acts can compensate for the fact that if a person is overtired, he or she should not be behind the wheel of the car. Driver fatigue is responsible for many accidents every year. Therefore, this spring heralded a new public service campaign by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration warning drivers about the dangers of drowsy driving. The campaign advocates for stricter laws, more road signs and an increase in educational efforts and public service announcements in order to combat driver fatigue.
Even though motorists are educated and trained to drive safely and added technology in vehicles is supposed to make traveling in motor vehicles safer, this doesn't save travelers in Montana and elsewhere from negligent drivers. While our awareness of safety concerns is heightened, this doesn't stop drivers from engaging in distracting activities while driving, driving while fatigued or even drunk driving. Such actions make it difficult to drive and could be the cause of a car colliding head on with an unsuspecting motorist.
Many people in Billings engage in multi-tasking every day to the point where some will brag about how many activities they can do at once. The advent of smart phones has made multi-tasking even more prevalent. However, there is one instance in which multi-tasking can be dangerous -- while driving. Driving while trying to send or reply to a text message or other cell phone notification can cause a person to take his or her attention off the road, leading to a car accident.
Automobiles hold an important role in America, but they are also the culprit for many risks, dangers and catastrophes across the nation. Although many efforts are made to prevent and reduce negligent, reckless and intoxicated driving, these are the common causes of car accidents.
It is unfortunate that some drivers in Montana choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. Not only does this violate the law, but it places other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians in jeopardy. Any car accident carries with it the danger of people being severely injured and dying, but when it involves a drunk driver, it is particularly egregious due to the irresponsibility and lack of concern for others. Making matters worse is when there is an auto accident because of a driver under the influence and the driver compounds the situation by fleeing the scene, turning it into a hit and run. Those who are injured or families who lose a loved one in this type of crash need to know their rights to seek compensation.