Our law firm reveals what drivers in Billings should know
Even though there were fewer drivers on the road most of last year due to stay-at-home restrictions, the number of car accident fatalities was higher nationwide—and that includes Montana.
Across the United States, 42,060 people died in motor vehicle accidents last year, an 8% increase compared to 2019 when 39,017 died in traffic crashes, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
As for Montana, motor vehicle accident fatalities increased by an even larger percentage last year. In 2020, a total of 212 people died in accidents statewide, according to Montana’s official state website. That’s 15% higher (or 28 more fatalities) compared to 2019, when there were 184 motor vehicle accident deaths in Montana, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA).
Billings is growing, and with that comes the risk of more traffic accidents
Part of the reason why there may be an increasing number of motor vehicle accidents in Montana might have to do with its population growth and popularity. The Wall Street Journal and Realtor.com recently rated Billings, Montana the No. 1 city in the country on its Emerging Housing Markets Index due to its affordability and appeal among remote workers, particularly from states like California, Washington, Kentucky, and Texas, according to local real estate agents.
As for why accidents happen in Montana, statewide accident statistics for the past few years reveal that speeding and alcohol often play a role in many accidents. Montana has one of the highest drunk driving fatality rates compared to other states. In 2019, a total of 58% of motor vehicle fatalities involved drivers under the influence of alcohol. That year, 66 people died in accidents in Montana caused by drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.08%, according to the NHTSA.
Speeding also plays a role in many Montana accidents. In 2019, a total of 57 deaths were due to speeding drivers statewide. That’s 30.9% of all traffic fatalities in Montana. In contrast, speeding was a factor in 26% of traffic fatalities nationwide in 2019. Those numbers were even worse in 2020.
A car accident lawyer can help you seek the compensation you deserve
You might think you don’t need an attorney if someone else clearly caused your accident. But the reality is many crashes turn out to be complicated legal cases. A speeding or drunk driver who caused your collision might deny doing anything wrong and try to place the blame on you.
Other times, it’s insurance adjusters that can be the problem. The at-fault driver’s insurance company might try to purposefully delay or deny your injury claim, especially if your damages (accident-related expenses) are significant. Keep in mind that insurance companies are a business, and they have a vested interest in paying you as little money as possible—if anything at all.
We know what’s at stake at Braukmann Law, PLLC. That’s because we have years of experience fighting for the compensation that injury victims in Billings and across Montana deserve. As your attorney, we can thoroughly investigate your accident, build a strong case, and advocate for the maximum amount of compensation you're allowed to recover under the law. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you. Schedule your free consultation with us today.