If everyone knew what it ultimately meant for their state to be among the top rated for highway safety laws, it is likely that everyone would work to see this come to fruition. Highway safety laws may greatly reduce not only the amount of car accidents, but also the level of injuries and fatalities sustained in these accidents. That is why it is disheartening to know that the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety group has listed Montana as one of the worst states for passing highway safety laws.
Highway safety laws are essential for preventing injuries and saving lives. The group has recently reported that Montana has so far only passed one-third of the laws the group has recommended. The group has reported that one of the laws that Montana failed to enact is a primary seat belt law that will allow a police officer to cite a driver and passengers for not wearing seat belts. Currently, Montana only has a secondary seat belt law, which allows a police officer to issue a citation for a driver without a seat belt only if they are stopped for an unrelated violation. Another law that Montana has not passed is a ban on texting and driving.
With national traffic deaths reported to have increased to 33,561 people in 2012, it is alarming to find out that our state is not taking the necessary measures to prevent these deaths from occurring. Not only can car accidents cause death, but they can also cause serious injuries that come with expensive medical bills that may be difficult for accident victims to pay.
If you are injured in an accident and it is not your fault, filing a lawsuit may be a good choice to make. You may be rewarded financial compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. Until Montana passes more laws that will better protect its drivers and increase their safety, drivers should be extra careful when out on the road.
Source: Missoulian.com, “Group says Montana among ‘worst states’ for highway safety laws,” Charles S. Johnson, Jan. 21, 2014