A large number of vehicles travel along Montana's extensive and often challenging roadways every day. With this comes inherent dangers whether you are a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle. While it may be easy to assume that you are at little risk of being involved in a crash or that the risk increases in snowy and icy conditions, you may be surprised. All it takes is a single incident out of your control to cause major or even fatal injuries.
The Montana Highway Patrol released its 2018 Annual Report which contains insightful and eye-opening data related to vehicle crashes in Montana.
In 2018, there were 23,518 crashes reported in Montana. Resulting from these crashes were 182 fatalities and 7,036 injuries reported. In other words, there is an average of one crash every 23 minutes, one injury every 75 minutes, and one fatality every 48 hours.
Of the fatal and injury crashes combined, most crashes occurred on dry roads, in clear weather, and during the daylight hours. In fact, most fatal crashes occurred between 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursdays in July.
The top three contributing circumstances of all accidents are:
1. Inattentive driving;
2. Driving too fast for conditions; and
3. Failure to yield the right of way.
Not everyone will be involved in a car accident, but it's important to know your options if you or a loved one is the victim of a motor vehicle crash. Consulting a Montana personal injury attorney after a crash can help you get the compensation you need.
At Paoli Law Firm we represent all types of Montana auto accident claims including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Auto/pedestrian accidents
- Auto/bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
Because car accidents occur so frequently, Montana's laws govern car insurance requiring all drivers in Montana to purchase automobile insurance. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else's negligence, insurance coverage should be available for your damages including medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
To set up your consultation, call Paoli Law Firm, P.C. at 406-542-3330.