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Navigating the difficult aftermath of a car accident

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.

ADHD medication could lower car crash risk

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.

Daytime headlight usage and accident reduction

Montana drivers may be safer if they keep their headlights on during the day as well as at night. Although multiple studies have indicated that this is the case, just over one-fourth of vehicles manufactured at present have day running lights. Therefore, it has been proposed that there should simply be a law requiring drivers to keep their lights on at all times.

Driver death rates have increased as the economy improves

As the economy in Montana and around the country continues to improve, the rates of motor vehicle accident injuries and fatalities have also climbed. The increase has happened after the rate of driver fatalities had declined by one-third with the advance of newer vehicles that have numerous safety features. The current increase has happened despite those safety improvements.

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.

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.

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.

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