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IIHS examines data on driver fatality rates

Montana drivers of SUVs, minivans and pickups might be less likely to lose their lives in a motor vehicle accident compared to drivers of other types of vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined driver deaths in vehicles registered for the years 2011 to 2014. They found that there was an average of 30 driver deaths per million registrations. This figure was much lower for driver deaths in minivans at 19 per million registrations. There were 21 for SUVs and 26 for pickups.

Need-to-knows about filing a car accident claim

You are fortunate if a car accident is minor, but many crashes involve significant injury or damage. The costs afterwards may be too much for you to handle. Luckily, you can seek compensation for these bills but you need to do it correctly or you could lose out on the payment you deserve. Here is an overview of filing an accident claim in Montana.

The dangers of smartphones and distracted driving

Some Montana motorists might be surprised to learn that according to a survey conducted by AT&T, more than two-thirds of the respondents admitted to using their smartphones while driving. In a different report from the AAA Foundation for Traffice Safety, distracted driving overall was highest in the 19-24 age group with 88 percent reporting at least one reckless behavior while they were behind the wheel.

Speed can kill: The dangers of a driver in a hurry

Every driver has gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle while in a hurry. The temptation to speed can be hard to resist, especially when there is traffic or other issues to slow a driver down. Despite the fact that most drivers speed at some point, speeding actually does very little to help a person arrive at his or her destination faster.

Accidents with large trucks cause physical and financial pain

Missoula occupies a unique and strategic place in the state of Montana. Its position on Interstate 90 makes it the gateway to the Pacific Northwest for commercial traffic, and the first stop for coastal truckers heading for the mid-west.

Aggressive driving goes beyond road rage

Impatient, angry or frustrated drivers are a common problem in Montana and around the county, and efforts to curb aggressive driving are often stymied by the attitudes of motorists who fail to recognize the dangers posed by their own reckless driving habits. The vast majority of road users surveyed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in 2012 said that aggressive driving was either a serious or very serious issue, but about half of them also admitted that they regularly travel at speeds well in excess of posted limits.

Self-driving cars could help older drivers stay safe

Older Montana drivers may be able to look forward to many more years behind the wheel thanks to new vehicle safety technology. Cars are now being developed with autonomous technology that can detect imminent hazards and then brake or steer to avoid them. Safety features like blind-spot warning systems already come standard on some vehicles.

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