A legal claim arises when serious injury or even death occur as the result of the negligent (carelessness) act of another. Montana roadway collisions account for a large part of the wrongful injuries which occur Montana has one of the highest fatality rate in the nation. Montana was in fact ranked to most deadly in the Nation as with the highest fatality rate per mile driven than any other state. U.S. Census Bureau. In 2009 221 people were killed on the dangerous roadways. The total number of injuries was 7,351 and the number of severe injuries was 1,331. If you were involved in a roadway accident and you were injured it is a good probability it was a severe injury and should be compensated as such. Montana Department of Transportation, Montana Traffic Safety Problem Identification FFY 2011.
In fact, there is an even higher probability that you were a victim of an intoxicated driver. 41.7% of all traffic fatalities in Montana involve an intoxicated driver. See, Safety Survey. While working as former prosecutors the attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. worked to keep intoxicated drivers off the street. We continue this work by representing victims of intoxicated drivers in civil actions against drivers who injure other while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs or a combination thereof. Even driving while under the influence of legal drugs when it impairs driving is a serious matter.
In the case of Wrongful Death there may be additional claims brought on the part of the estate and on the part of loved ones. The statute of limitations can be very short, possibly as short as a year. A statute of limitations is a time period which is set by law to bring a claim for wrongful injury or death. If a claim is not filed on time then it will be barred and there will be no recovery allowed. As a result, if you or you know someone suffering from serious injury or who has died wrongfully you should urge them to contact competent legal assistance as soon as possible. It does not matter how serious the injury or how bad or wrongful the conduct if a legal claim is not filed in Court in time.
At Bliven Law Firm, P.C. Montana Injury Law is our primary focus. We have helped over 1000 people with their wrongful injury and death claims. We have the experience and dedication to obtain fair and just compensation. Call us for a free case evaluation.
Montana Traffic Safety
In this annual report, the Montana Department of Transportation, State Highway Traffic Safety Bureau presents the most recent available data surrounding traffic safety. A summary of findings for 2009 are listed below:
FATALITIES AND INJURIES
Montana’s fatalities were down 8 people to 221 , when comparing 2009 to 2008. The total number of injuries on Montana’s roads was down 1,114 to 7,351 and the number of severe injuries (fatal injuries and incapacitating injuries) was down 234 to 1,331.
While Montana saw a decrease in the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles travelled to 2.01, this number is still significantly higher than the national fatality rate estimated to be 1.25 in 2009.
The primary safety belt law failed during the 2009 legislative session.
The 2010 observed use of restraints decreased slightly from 79.2% to 78.9% on all Montana roads. While restraint use is fairly high for a secondary law state, only 33.3% of vehicle occupants killed in collisions were wearing seat belts. If everyone had been wearing seat belts, approximately 50 lives may have been saved.
Young vehicle occupant (age 0-14) injuries continue to decline. This is a good indicator of proper child safety restraint use.
ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUG RELATED DRIVING
The number of alcohol/drug-related crashes decreased 7.6% to 2,138 , while the number of alcohol/drug-related injuries decreased 19.8% to 1,319.
Early 2009 estimates show a slight increase in the number of alcohol-related fatalities from 103 to 104, making up 47.1% of the total number of fatalities in the state.
Drivers under the age of 24 were involved in the highest number of alcohol/drug-related crashes per 10,000 licensed drivers.