Jul 22

Montana Vehicle Accident Fatality Rate Highest in Helena and Butte District


Bozeman District second-highest fatality rate in State

88 people have died in automobile accident crashes in the first six months of 2014 according to information provided by the Montana Highway Patrol.  Last year, 111 people died on Montana’s highways.  Of those 88 fatalities, 69 were not wearing seatbelts. Speed was a factor in 31 of the deaths, and alcohol played a part in 25 deaths.

The district that includes Butte and Helena is the district with the most fatalities in 2014, tallying 19 so far this year.  In a little more than six months, 14 people have died on roads in the Montana Highway Patrol district that includes Gallatin County.  The 2014 total to date is up from eight fatalities in all of 2013 in the Bozeman district, which encompasses Gallatin, Park, Madison, Broadwater and Meagher counties.

Of those 14 deaths in the Bozeman district, three have come in the last week. On July 10, a 3-year-old Billings girl died in a car fire on Interstate 90 between Big Timber and Livingston.  That same morning, a 36-year-old woman was killed after pulling out in front of a crane on U.S. Highway 191 near Gallatin Gateway.  And Tuesday, a 66-year-old Arizona man died in a motorhome crash near Corwin Springs, north of Yellowstone National Park on U.S. Highway 89.  Nine of the Bozeman district’s fatalities have occurred on primary roads, which include two-lane highways.  In the Bozeman district, it is believed that inattentive driving is a leading cause of crashes. Drivers could be distracted by anything from cellphones to kids in the vehicle to mechanical problems.

If you are in need of a vehicle accident lawyer, contact the McGrady Law Firm.

Source: “Montana Highway Patrol: Bozeman district second-highest fatality rate in state,” Whitney Bermes, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, July 17, 2014.

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