Public safety officials have not definitively linked an increase in distracted driving to the increase in fatal car accidents, but most drivers in Montana probably think that it would make sense to. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 37,150 people died on America's roads in 2017, which is more than a 10 percent jump from only three years prior. In the meantime, more new technology, especially automated technology, is being introduced.
Montana drivers know that holidays bring with them a greater risk for accidents on the road. They may be wondering which is the deadliest holiday for such accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has analyzed fatal car crash data from 2010 and 2014 and found that Independence Day, followed by New Year's Day, is the most dangerous.
Drivers in Montana who do not wear their seat belts will want to know about the results of a study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. This study shows that seat belt use can, in the event of an auto accident, decrease the risk of a severe liver injury by as much as 21 percent. Seat belt and airbag use together leads to 26 percent less risk even though seat belts alone seem to decrease the severity of the injury itself.
Most of the distracted driving accidents that took place in Montana and around the country over the last five years were caused by drivers who were daydreaming or lost in thought, according to a recent study from Erie Insurance. These findings contradict the prevailing narrative that the recent surge in distracted driving is largely due to cellphone use. Erie Insurance researchers produced their report, which was released at the beginning of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, after studying Fatality Analysis Reporting System data about accidents that claimed the lives of 172,000 road users.
Many car accident victims in Montana and across the U.S. suffer from soft tissue injuries, sometimes without knowing it. This is because injuries to the soft tissue, like muscles, tendons and ligaments, do not show up on X-rays like trauma to hard tissue, such as bones and cartilage, does. The onset of symptoms can vary widely with some people experiencing pain and swelling a few hours after an accident and some individuals only after a few days after a collision.
When you first learned to drive, you likely experienced times when you felt nervous or afraid behind the wheel. With time, your comfort level may have increased until you reached the point where driving felt like second nature. The problem with getting too comfortable while driving is that it can lead to complacency, which is a common factor among many distracted driving accidents. You want to be comfortable, yes, but never so comfortable that you lose your focus on the task at hand.
Car crashes are always a concern for drivers in Montana and across the country as 6 million accidents take place each year in the United States. There is a wide range of causes for car accidents, and the number of incidents increased in both 2015 and 2016.
On Nov. 30, the White House issued a proclamation designating December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Drivers in Montana are probably familiar with the dangers of driving while intoxicated, but they can spread greater awareness and do what they can to keep intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel this month.
A car accident can be both traumatic and complicated for all Montana parties involved. If your accident was the result of a negligent or reckless motorist, you may have a rightful claim to financial compensation, but you may not be sure how to pursue that compensation. While you are dealing with the emotional, physical and financial implications of a car accident, you may also need to know how to navigate the complex process of a civil claim.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a chronic condition that affects a person's attention span and ability to control impulses. Those with ADHD may have symptoms such as excessive talking and fidgeting. Drivers in Montana can see, then, why ADHD can be a concern when on the road. A study published by JAMA Psychiatry, however, has shown that medication may lower the risk for car crashes due to ADHD.