Despite fluctuating laws and the dedicated efforts of awareness groups, distracted driving continues to be a serious problem in Montana. Just recently, Rep. Fred Anderson presented House Bill 178 in an effort to ban minors from texting, sending, or reading written communications while operating a motor vehicle. The bill was defeated 64-36 over concerns that the law would encourage racial profiling. However, this one defeat isn't going to stop state lawmakers from devising new strategies and regulations to safeguard the residents of Montana.
In Montana, distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic accident injuries and fatalities. According to the Montana Department of Transportation, distracted drivers are responsible for over 3,000 traffic deaths and approximately 434,000 injuries a year.
A distracted driver lacks the ability to accurately notice, identify, and evade otherwise preventable collisions and road hazards. Many drivers who cause these accidents operate motor vehicle as if they are the exception to the rule. They aren't "distracted driving," they're just quickly checking their phone or adjusting their radio. What these drivers don't realize is that these are, in fact, distracted driving activities. The few seconds it takes to complete either action is just enough time to miss a slowing vehicle, jaywalking pedestrians, work zone warnings, or merging traffic.
Driving is a skill that requires 100% of your attention and concentration. When a driver is distracted, they may start weaving, speeding, and running red lights, even when facing poor weather conditions or dangerous road hazards. Not only do these drivers endanger themselves, they also put every other motor vehicle operator, bicyclist, and pedestrian in harm's way.
A single moment of distraction can change your life forever. If you're injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the Montana car accident lawyers at Odegaard Miller Law, PLLC. Our trial-tested team has over 70 years of legal experience and a comprehensive understanding of state and federal traffic laws. In the last three years, we've successfully recovered over $100 million on behalf of our clients.
Contact Odegaard Miller Law, PLLC at (406) 259-2222 to schedule a free consultation. Rely on our legal team to help you pursue the compensatory damages you deserve.