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Montana winter weather brings car accidents

As Montana residents know, winter weather can cause dangerous driving conditions and lead to more car accidents. As the temperature starts to drop and the snow starts to fall, it's important to be extra cautious on the roads. Highway roads aren't the only place to be careful--driving anywhere can be dangerous on icy roads.

The first "official" winter storm of the year hit Billings, Montana, on Friday, causing several traffic accidents on highways throughout the state. Extra Montana Highway Patrol officers were called into duty due to the high volume of collisions, overturned vehicles, and other issues. More than fifty highway vehicle accidents were reported on Friday, so far there have been only two fatalities.

While law enforcement officers tried to combat the many accidents by calling for sand a salt to be laid on the roads, they were unable to stop accidents caused by inattentive drivers. With snow and ice covering the roads in the upcoming winter months, drivers need to be more aware of the roads and other drivers around.

Authorities are stressing the importance of safe and cautious driving, no matter the location or time of day. Distracted driving is a dangerous act in itself, but adding winter weather conditions to the mix will never end well.

Driving off the road could be a one car accident because of the icy conditions, but what about the people who get rear-ended? Contacting a personal injury lawyer in the instance of being involved in a car accident could be of interest to you in these winter months. Just because you were in an accident, it doesn't always mean you are at fault.

Source:
Billings Gazette.com, "Winter storm conditions causes several car accidents across city and state," Nov. 9, 2012

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