Major Causes of Car Accidents In Montana

Information From Award Winning Car Accident Lawyers In Billings

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in 2012 the nation lost 33,561 people in crashes and another 2,362,000 were injured, a figure that is likely to grow along with America's population.

What causes auto accidents?

Despite the fact that today's automobiles come equipped with rear crumple zones, side-impact airbags and antilock brakes, car accidents continue to occur. While the causes of car accidents vary, as a driver it's a wise idea to become familiar with common causes of car accidents so we can make conscious efforts towards preventing them.

Driver error plays a critical role in car accidents. There is a good reason why insurance companies charge much higher rates for young, inexperienced drivers. These days, driver error is a huge contributor to car accidents, with the most predominant cause being cell phones.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), an estimated 26% of crashes in 2012 were attributed to cell phone use while driving. Further, the NSC reports that drivers using handheld or hands-free cell phones are four times more likely to crash.

Auto accidents are commonly caused by:

  • Texting while driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Improperly maintained roads
  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Bad weather such as heavy rain, and black ice
  • Automotive defects
  • Mechanical problems with the vehicle (e.g. bad brakes, electrical problems)

Contact a Montana Accident Lawyer

In some cases determining the cause of an accident is clear, while other times it takes a lot more investigatory work to identify the root cause. Occasionally, it is necessary to assign liability to an automotive manufacturer, a road construction company, or even a municipality.

As personal injury attorneys in Montana, we know how to investigate an accident and determine who is legally liable under the law. In many cases, an accident victim has no idea that they have the option to seek recovery from someone other than their own insurance carrier or another driver's.

Because liability may fall on a variety of parties, it is essential to speak with an attorney from our firm. We urge you to contact a Billings car accident attorney from Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC. We have 30 plus years of experience and we have received several honorable recognitions, including The National Trial Lawyer: Top 40 Under 40! Give us a call to schedule your free case evaluation!

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