In this blog we have posted many times about the dangers of texting and driving. Just last month we discussed a visit by the "It Can Wait" safety campaign to a Billings High School. The problem is serious: according to a recent article in the New York Times, fatal motor vehicle accidents are increasing at a rate unseen since the 1960s, and distracted driving is part of the problem.
Texting and driving can be deadly, and the toll is rising: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal accidents nationwide in which the driver was distracted by a cell phone increased from 406 to 476 annually between 2014 and 2015. Many experts believe accidents caused by cell phone use are underreported, because drivers don't always admit to police that they were on the phone when the crash occurred.
A pedestrian who is hit by a car often faces a long and difficult recovery. When the driver leaves the scene without stopping to render assistance, the victim's mental anguish may be intensified by anger and frustration.
Spinal cord injuries are often life-changing. Damage to the spinal cord or the nerves in the spinal canal can result in loss of strength and sensation below the level where the injury occurred. In cases of severe injury this loss can be complete, resulting in paralysis. Bodily functions such as bladder and bowel control can also be affected.
Car accidents are a leading cause of serious injury in Montana. When someone is injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, that person has the right to bring a lawsuit and seek monetary damages.
Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to injury or death when they are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. A recent accident near Billings serves as a tragic reminder of this.
A recent survey of accident data from all 50 states resulted in a conclusion that may shock many Montana residents. Our state is ranked number one for fatal motor vehicle accidents after adjusting for population.
One of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in Montana is the rear-end accident. These accidents can occur at stop lights or stop signs, or when traffic is slowing down on a highway or freeway. Many rear-end accidents are simple fender benders, with little damage to the vehicles. But many are more serious, and they often result in severe injury -- especially to occupants of the vehicle that is hit from behind.
It takes only a few seconds for an accident to happen on a Montana highway. Any activity that takes a driver's attention off the road for those few seconds significantly increases the odds of a car accident.
The range of injuries that can result from a car accident is almost limitless. Depending on the force of the impact, a car collision can result in anything from minor strains and sprains to catastrophic trauma like a brain injury or paralysis One very common type of injury sustained in Montana motor vehicle accidents is injury to the soft tissues of the neck and back.