An analysis of federal data found that Montana has the highest driving under the influence (DUI) death rate in the United States. In Montana, there are 7.4 drunk driving deaths per 100,000 people.
In most states, the rate is under 4 deaths per 100,000, according to the Backgroundchecks.org study.
In our years of serving the Billings community and beyond, Braukmann Law, PLLC has seen the number and severity of drunk driving crashes rise. So far, campaigns to stop or reduce traffic fatalities, like Vision Zero and Drive Safe Missoula, have not made enough of an impact on drivers.
Meanwhile, in the Montana State Legislature, politicians have had varied success passing laws that would specifically reduce DUI. This session a bill that would increase the punishment for repeat DUI offenders - including mandatory prison time after a 7th conviction - was recently set aside, or tabled, for later review.
Montana DUI statistics
The state’s drunk driving problem isn’t new, but it is growing.
In just one year in Montana, there were more than 3,700 DUI arrests and 79 DUI-related fatalities. Drunk driving deaths accounted for more than 40% of all roadway fatalities.
A person is considered to be alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher.
Some common injuries suffered by the victims of drivers operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol include broken arm or leg bones, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), organ damage, internal bleeding, concussion, whiplash, and significantly increased levels of anxiety and depression.
Justice for Montana DUI accident victims
People who are seriously injured by drunk drivers often have a long road to recovery ahead of them. Trying to balance recovery with putting the pieces of your life back together is a lot for anyone to handle.
After an accident, it is important for victims to get help. Hiring a personal injury lawyer experienced with Montana DUI cases to take care of the insurance company is assistance you should take.
Get the help you need from a Billings car accident lawyer
If you were injured or a loved one died in a car accident caused by an impaired or drunk driver, you’ve already paid a high price for someone else’s negligence. DUI crash victims are often entitled to compensation for accident-related medical bills, lost wages, long-term care, diminished earning potential, pain and suffering, and other applicable damages.
The problem is the insurance company for the at-fault driver has a financial incentive to purposefully delay, dispute, or flat-out deny your claim. And if they do make you a settlement offer, it'll likely be for a lot less money than what you truly deserve.
Let attorney Matthew D. Braukmann deal with them instead. He knows how to build an aggressive strategy and always fights for maximum compensation.
Our law firm also offers legal representation on a contingency fee basis. That means there's no retainer fee and no hourly rate for you to pay. Our fee is contingent upon recovering compensation on your behalf, and we only get paid if we win.
Contact us for a free case consultation today. We're located in Billings and serve clients throughout Montana.