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January 2014 Archives

Jury awards $5 million in compensation to cigarette smoker

Many residents of Billings, Montana smoke cigarettes, although there are inherent health risks associated with smoking. Although disclaimers in advertisements and on the cigarette packs often warn smokers about those risks, there is still a chance that a smoker who sustains a smoking-related disease can claim compensation.

Federal trucking regulations raise productivity, safety concerns

There are more cars than trucks on the roads across Montana. Although there are fewer trucks, their impact during a collision can be substantial. In fact, a single truck collision can be deadly.

MHP sees increase in fatal road accidents across Montana

Whether it is due to road conditions, inclement weather, dangerous intersections or negligent drivers, certain areas in the state of Montana might experience more accidents than other regions. As for negligent and distracted driving, this is a dangerous behavior and could easily cause a serious accident.

2013 was a bad year for fatal car accidents in Montana

Data released by the Montana Highway Patrol shows that traffic fatalities in the state increased by almost 10 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. According to the data, 224 people were killed in 198 crashes in 2013, which is higher than the 204 killed in 191 crashes in 2012. The only good news is that alcohol-related fatal crashes dropped by 30 percent, from 53 in 2012 to 37 in 2013. Of course, for the family members of those who died in drunk driving crashes in 2013, this statistic will provide little comfort.

Shooting incident leads to wrongful death lawsuit

A Montana woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a 67-year-old man in connection with the October death of her husband. Her 53-year-old husband was fatally shot on the other man's property. The man's widow has alleged that the shooting was the result of an altercation over land access.

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