The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) holds to just one primary
goal in releasing
car accident statistics every year as part of its Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan,
or CHSP: all highway users in Montana arrive safely at their destinations.
Statistics for 2012, the latest release with a complete year, have been mixed:
The number of fatalities for the state have gone down to 205 for 2012,
a reduction of 1.9 percent from the previous year's 209 deaths.
About 113 of these deaths were related to alcohol, a jump of 29.9 percent
from the previous year. Speeding-related fatalities increased by 1.8 percent
to 56 while deaths from not wearing a seat belt remain constant at 118.
Most of the deaths, 32, were in the 20-to-24-year-old age group, followed
by the 25 for those aged 25 to 29. The fewest fatalities were among the
Incapacitating injuries have increased by 18.8 percent to 1,132. Non-incapacitating
injuries have also gone up by 9.6 percent to 6,432.
The 20-24-year-old age group suffered the most number of severe injuries
at 219, followed by those aged 15 to 19 at 164. With only 48 injuries,
those aged 65 to 69 had the fewest severe injuries.
Fatalities in urban areas actually decreased by 60 percent to 15. However,
incapacitating injuries increased by 10.4 percent to 202 while non-incapacitating
injuries went up by 5.6 percent to 624.
To reduce accidents and fatalities, the MDT recommends increasing seat-belt
use, avoiding driving after drinking, and reporting any crashes, hazards,
or roadside emergencies to the Montana Highway Patrol at 855-MHP-3777.
You may follow these recommendations and still become a statistic this
year. If that happens, please
contact us. Our Billings car accident lawyers fight to preserve your rights.