How Safe is Montana Compared to other US States?
According to a
recent report, Montana isn't doing so well in terms of overall safety. It comes
in 44th on the list of states in terms of how safe it is across a number
of dimensions. These dimensions include vehicular fatalities per 100 million
vehicle miles (where it's ranked 49th on that specific measure) and
fatal work injuries (where it ranks 48th).
Accidents that result in fatalities or in nonfatal but still serious injuries
will leave victims and their loved ones in financial and emotional straits.
Financial & Emotional Costs
Expensive medical treatments, including emergency room visits, hospitalization, surgeries, outpatient
care, and physical rehabilitation.
Necessary life changes, including the use of an assistive device and alterations that need to
be made to the home to accommodate wheelchairs and other physical/medical needs.
The emotional trauma that can be best addressed through high-quality therapy.
Lost wages, sometimes for a relatively short amount of time, and other times permanently
as the accident victim loses the ability to work.
Property repairs, including for vehicles that have been badly damaged.
There are a number of actions and sensible measures that can help prevent
accidents. They include worker safety training, higher safety standards in the
workplace (particularly in dangerous jobs like
oil field work), and campaigns against texting while driving (and, of course, driving
while intoxicated). It's the responsibility of individuals, employers,
and state legislators to help improve safety.
If you've suffered from a workplace or vehicular accident, please
contact us. We will fight for you to receive fair compensation that helps you cope
with the costs of the damages you've sustained.