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2012 shows an increase of traffic-related deaths in Montana

Losing a loved one in a traffic accident is tragic. Statistics may show that fatal accident is still a concern in Billings, Montana.

Recently, the Montana Department of Transportation together with the Montana Highway Patrol confirmed that traffic-related deaths increased this year. This may also include fatal car crashes and collisions. Reportedly, 196 people died on Montana roads in 2012. The data concluded that primary roads are the most unsafe with 12 deaths reported. Next are the rural roads with six deaths followed by secondary roads with two fatalities and urban roads with one fatality.

Additionally, alcohol-related traffic deaths increased. The Montana Department of Transportation stated that, compared with last year's 13 fatalities, 2012 has had 36 alcohol-related fatalities so far. The data also declared that alcohol-related deaths happen every day in Montana, based on the statistics. In fact, Montana can be considered one of the worst states in the country for alcohol-related fatalities.

Authorities have been communicating with Montana drivers about responsible driving. Accordingly, drivers can be a lethal weapon whenever they drive under the influence of alcohol. Drivers should always remember that drinking and driving is strictly prohibited to ensure the safety of other motorists as well as the drivers themselves. They must avoid accidents at all costs.

Motor vehicle accidents may be one of the common causes of wrongful death, aside from work-related deaths and medical malpractice. Cases of wrongful death may only arise when an individual dies due to negligence or misconduct of another person. Due to the statistics, it is evident that vehicular accidents lead to deaths.

When a fatality occurs in an auto accident, the driver may be held liable if negligence contributed to the incident. If that's the case, victims of traffic-related deaths may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. The compensation from this lawsuit may cover the funeral expenses, lost wages and loss of companionship. Family members may also receive a settlement for their pain and suffering.

Source: Valley Journal, "Montana traffic fatalities on the rise," Daniel Martynowicz, Dec. 12, 2012

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