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Car accidents in Montana top 7k during past 6 months

Research shows that Montana Highway Patrol troopers responded to more than 7,600 motor vehicle crashes during the past six months. This is higher than the 6,800-plus car accidents to which they responded during this same period from 2016 to 2017. Of the crashes that took place across the state, nine of them apparently involved police cars.

Authorities said that, in terms of Montana's driving conditions, the past winter season was the worst one that authorities had ever seen. In fact, during a period spanning two weeks, about four police cars were struck. One of the crashes involved an intoxicated driver who struck the back of a police car at more than 100 miles per hour.

In another crash situation, a motorist lost control of his or her car and slid into a police officer's car. At the time, the police officer was conducting a car accident investigation. Officers said slowing down, especially in poor weather conditions, is paramount for preventing accidents on Montana roads.

In some cases, car accidents in Montana happen due to the carelessness of motorists. If an individual suffers injuries in a motor vehicle crash resulting from a fellow driver's negligence, he or she has the right to seek the reimbursement of monetary damages. Liability must be established, based upon a showing of negligence, before the civil court hearing the case, before claims for financial damages will be determined. A successfully fought suit might result in a monetary award that may help with covering medical costs, the loss of wages and other accident-related losses.

Source: nbcmontana.com, "Montana Highway Patrol sees spike in winter crashes", Taylor Graham, March 21, 2018

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