Montanans who use the state roadways and any other methods of transportation to get around should have a grasp of the dangers that lurk and can cause injuries or death. Statistics are beneficial to knowing what to look for and in understanding trends. New data from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicates that there was a rise in overall transportation accidents from 2015 to 2016.
Montana pedestrians must always be vigilant of potential dangers on the road. This is especially true in the early morning hours when it can be difficult to see. At this time of day, there is a chance that drivers may be drowsy or under the influence, and distraction can be a possible risk. When there is a crash between a car and a pedestrian, the lack of protection that pedestrians have can easily lead to the crash turning into a fatal accident. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in this type of accident should know what steps to take after it has happened.
There are numerous ways in which a person can be involved in an unexpected incident and have it cost them their lives in Montana. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a wrongful death must be aware of their right to seek compensation through a legal filing. This can help with finances, medical bills, lost wages and more. Even if it is a situation in which they are not sure if anyone else is at fault, it is still wise to discuss the case with a legal professional who is experienced in a wide variety of cases to determine if there is a basis for a legal filing.
It is important for those on Montana roadways to be mindful of each another and share the road in a safe manner, whether they are driving a truck or car, riding a motorcycle or bicycle or walking. Observing the rules of the road and adhering to basic safety protocol is vital to avoiding crashes. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. One of the most dangerous types of crashes is a motorcycle accident. When there is a crash with a motorcycle, the rider can suffer severe injuries and death. Those who are affected by this must be aware of what to do in the aftermath.
In Montana and across the U.S., a greater number of people are working later in life. There are benefits to this, but there can also be drawbacks. Research indicates that many fatalities on the job involve people who are considered older. With this rise in people who are working at age 55 and older, there is information about the number of people in this category who are victims of fatal workplace accidents. In this research analyzed by the Associated Press, Montana was fourth in the U.S. for the number of older workers who died while working.
It is an unfortunate reality that accidents will happen in a variety of different circumstances, and some of them will lead to death. A recent report from the National Safety Council examined how various states across the U.S. ranked for safety on the roads, at work and in the home. In this report, Montana came in as one of the nation's worst. The report says that the number of accidents that led to death and were preventable in the U.S. has reached more than 146,000. There are close to 41 million accidents overall.
As a previous post noted, motorcyclists tend to face many dangers on the roadway. While the warmer months mean more motorcyclists traveling, whether alone or in large groups, it also means the potential for a serious and even fatal collision. When a motorcycle accident occurs, a rider could be thrown from their bike resulting in trauma to the head and body, even when a helmet is worn. This could ultimately result in catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.
Now that spring weather is here to stay, motorists in Montana and other states across the nation can expect to share the road with motorcyclists on a regular basis. Whether it is a single biker travelling on his or her own, or a group of bikers, drivers are expected to use care and caution when operating their vehicles around motorcyclists. This means double-checking mirrors and blind spots, looking for motorcyclists when crossing a road or turning onto a road, and ensuring that they are not traveling too closely to a biker. Failure to uphold this duty of care could result in a serious motorcycle collision, as evidenced by one recent wreck.
The loss of a loved one is a difficult event with which to deal regardless of the circumstances. When tragedy, such as a fatal accident, strikes, the unexpectedness can be even more challenging to handle. In these instances, it may be difficult to navigate one's emotions, but this heartache shouldn't paralyze surviving family members into inaction. Instead, they should consider if they have legal standing to pursue a wrongful death claim.
The loss of a loved one is a difficult event for anyone to process. While death is a normal and natural part of life, it is difficult for individuals in Montana and elsewhere to accept the fact that a family member was suddenly taken away from them in a fatal accident. A surviving family member is not only left with the grief from their loss but also the financial hardships stemming from the tragic event.