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Car seat effectiveness may be hindered by winter coats

As cold weather sets in around Montana, parents will start to bundle up their children when they are leaving home. While fluffy coats, snuggly hats and wooly mittens are intended to keep children warm and safe, the coats at least could actually be harming children and putting them at risk. It has been found that puffy winter coats can reduce the effectiveness of child safety seats in vehicles.

Can my vehicle’s headlights be tinted?

You may wonder if your vehicle's headlights shine too brightly on Montana's roads, perhaps necessitating some tinting to dim the impact of your lights. At the same time, many Montana motorists understand automobile standards are carefully regulated by law, including headlight performance. As it turns out, Montana law does address the question of vehicle tinting, as well as provide guidance on the question of how bright your headlights should be.

How serious are penalties for texting while driving?

Setting aside any potential risks to your well-being that may exist, the consequences of texting and driving in Montana depend largely on the context of the event: specifically, the location. The jurisdiction in which you are alleged to be texting and driving must have a law in place prohibiting such action, and the penalties associated with violations depend on the relevant municipal code. You are unlikely to receive a ticket for texting while driving on state highways due to the fact that, at the time of writing, there is no statewide law against operating vehicles while using communications devices.

Why might injuries not be noticed right after a car accident?

Being involved in a car accident in Montana can be a very scary experience. Your body reacts to an accident situation in a unique way that is very primitive. In the past, when our ancestors faced high stress situations, it often meant their lives were in danger. They needed to flee the situation. To do this, they needed extra energy, so the body developed to produce chemicals, such as adrenaline, that boost your energy in times of stress.

What types of compensation can you seek after car accidents?

If you find yourself involved in a Montana car crash, you may be wondering what type of damages you can pursue to help you pay for medical care, property damage and so on. Ultimately, the types of damages you can try and claim will vary based on the specifics of your accident and who or what was at fault for it, but many who suffer personal injury after accident involvement pursue the same basic types of damages.

Types of distracted driving

While most drivers in Montana realize that many car accidents are caused by distracted driving, you may not be aware that there are multiple types of this offense that can be committed. Cell phones receive the most attention because they qualify in all three categories of distraction, but there are several other actions that can lead to an accident. We at the Law Firm of Edmiston and Colton can ensure you get the compensation you deserve if you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver.

Top tips after a hit-and-run

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.

Safe driving tips for the Fourth of July holiday

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.

The cause of fatal car accidents


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.

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