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Montana's highway fatalities rose in 2013

The Montana Highway Patrol has released a report detailing the state’s accident statistics from 2013, and the news from this report is not great. Both the number of fatal accidents and the number of traffic deaths went up that year as compared to the previous year.

The report broke the statistics down on several fronts and the numbers are quite revealing. The worst month for highway fatalities? August. Saturday was the deadliest day of the week when it came to roads. The hour between 9 and 10 in the evening had the most fatal accidents of all hours of the day.

What were the most common causes of fatal crashes?

  • 27 were due to inattentive drivers.
  • 30 involved negligent, reckless or erratic driving.
  • 32 involved a car running off the road.
  • 78 had drugs present at them.
  • 82 were alcohol-related.

The report also offered data on non-fatal accidents in the state. In 2013, 7,131 injuries were reported from 5,249 crashes. Also, 15,703 accidents in which no one was hurt but property was damaged happened last year.

Some of the most common reasons for car accidents in the state were:

  • Vehicles following others too closely.
  • Erratic driving.
  • Yielding failures.
  • Inattentive driving.

The statistics are alarming, but you should know that if you are involved in a car accident in Montana, you may have the right to compensation for damages you have suffered. An attorney can hear your case and may be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Source: Lone Peak Lookout, “Montana highway crash fatalities up in 2013,” Laura Bell, June 5, 2014

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