A Billings car accident lawyer explains what you need to know
A recent three-vehicle intersection accident in Billings, Montana caused by a driver who ran a red light resulted in four injuries that required several people to be taken to nearby hospitals for medical treatment, according to KRTV 3 News.
The car accident occurred on a recent Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Grand Avenue and 15th Street West. According to a witness who spoke with the KRTV, one of the drivers ran a red light and T-boned another vehicle, which rolled over on its side due to the impact of the collision.
Intersection accidents in Montana
Intersection accidents nationwide account for more than half of all motor vehicle fatalities and injuries, according to statistics compiled by the Federal Highway Administration, which has studied the issue in-depth in an effort to address the problem.
As for Montana, intersection accidents remain a serious problem as well. Thousands of crashes in or near intersections happen every year throughout the state, according to statistics collected by the Montana Department of Transportation. In the past 5 years, there have been 4,169 intersection accidents on average in Montana between 2015 and 2020.
Crashes caused by red-light runners
One of the most common types of intersection accidents involves drivers running a red light. In 2019, a total of 846 people were killed in intersection accidents nationwide due to drivers who ran a red light, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In addition, an estimated 143,000 people were injured in crashes caused by drivers who didn't stop for a red light.
According to research by the IIHS, red-light runners are most often younger, male drivers who have been previously involved in an accident or previously convicted of driving under the influence. Drivers who run a red light are also more likely to be speeding and under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.
Why do drivers run red lights?
Drivers who run a red light and cause a collision have a lot in common with other drivers who cause intersection accidents. Along with speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol, other common causes of intersection accidents include:
- Being lost in thought ("zoning out") and not noticing a red traffic light.
- Distracted driving, including drivers texting while driving.
- Tired driving or drivers who fall asleep at the wheel, especially in cases involving late-night intersection accidents.
- Inexperience, especially among younger drivers who misjudge distances between vehicles or take unnecessary risks.
Injuries sustained in intersection accidents (concussions, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, facial trauma, back injuries, spinal cord damage, etc.) are often severe and require extensive medical treatment, but crash victims have recourse through the civil justice system.
Contact a car accident attorney in Billings today
You might think you don’t need a lawyer if you got hit by a driver who ran a red light—but don’t be so sure. In many cases, at-fault drivers deny doing anything wrong. They might even try to claim you are somehow to blame. Since they are financially motivated to pay you as little money as possible, the at-fault driver’s insurance company might purposefully delay, dispute, or just deny your claim for no apparent reason.
At Braukmann Law, PLLC, we understand how the legal system works in Montana and can guide you every step of the way. Whether it's through a negotiated settlement or by way of a favorable court judgment, we will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Learn more about how we can help you and contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a Billings car accident lawyer.