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Tips on driving safely in the winter

Winter in Montana often means treacherous roads and poor driving conditions. As a result, local motorists must take the proper precautions to ensure a safe experience for all, including themselves and their passengers. The following information explains what to do when encountering snow and ice, so you can reduce your risk of having an accident during winter.

Snow removal, plows and traffic accidents

Driving during the wintertime can be particularly dangerous in many parts of the country, especially areas that see heavy snowfall and brutal temperatures. There are a number of risks associated with snowy roads, and aside from losing control of a vehicle or becoming stuck, drivers should also be mindful of trucks that are plowing snow. Whether someone collides with a county-operated plow truck or a small truck with a plow attached, the outcome of these collisions can be disastrous. Moreover, these trucks often take to the road when conditions are terrible and there is poor visibility, increasing the risk of a wreck.

What should you know to stay safe on an icy road?

Each year when the snow begins to fall, you may be caught off guard by how it affects the road conditions in Montana. When the winter season arrives, you will undoubtedly have to drive in less-than-ideal weather on roads that may sometimes be covered in ice. Understanding how to safely operate your vehicle and modify your driving is critical to protecting yourself and your passengers. 

How safe are Montana roads?

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident in Montana, even a relatively minor fender bender, you know all too well how upsetting these events can be. When a crash leaves one or more people with serious injuries or, even worse, results in the death of a person, the experience becomes even more fraught with challenges for those involved. While vehicle safety features have improved and laws are designed to keep people safe, there are still many people who end up dying unnecessarily in accidents every year.

What should I do after a hit and run?

Being in a car accident is stressful enough, but when you're the victim of a hit and run it can be even more so. That's why it's important that you know just what to do after a hit and run accident occurs, which can increase your odds of receiving justice while also ensuring that you and other motorists remain safe. State Farm offers the following information you can take the right steps if involved in a hit and run.

Fatal collision between truck and RV near Missoula

It may go without saying that people in Missoula understand that the only way for teen drivers to develop strong driving skills is to let them drive. The hope is that most new drivers will realize the risks associated with driving recklessly, and thus avoid such activity. Yet research and accident statistics show that teens tend to be more likely to engage in practices that might impair their driving skills, such as drinking while driving, driving at high speeds or traveling at night. Unfortunately, those who do endanger not just themselves, but everyone on the road around them. 

4 steps to take if you're involved in a car accident

Even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in car accidents. In this case, knowing how to react in the aftermath is essential. Taking the right steps can help mitigate injuries while also ensuring you're prepared in the event you need to make an accident claim. In order to provide Montana drivers with the right information, Allstate.com offers the following advice.

Explaining negligent entrustment

Every day, new drivers take to Missoula's streets looking to increase their skills to the point of joining the ranks of Montana's responsible motorists. Most (having once been in the same position themselves) understand that new drivers need time to acclimate themselves to the road. Thus, they may be willing to give teen motorists a little leeway. Yet statistics show that teen drivers have been proven to present heightened risks to those on the road around them. Indeed, information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that while those age 15-19 only account for 7 percent of the population in the U.S., they account for a whopping 11 percent of the country's car accident injury expenses. 

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