If you have been injured in a car accident because a driver was texting, you are not alone. Texting while driving results in close to 390,000 injuries each year, according to the National Safety Council. As a victim of a distracted driver who was texting, you have the right to be fully compensated for your injuries. While there is no substitute for sitting down with a Billings car accident law firm to discuss your options for recovery, the following offers an overview of what you need to know to pursue a case for compensation in Montana.
Montana Law on Texting and Driving
Montana does not have any statewide laws prohibiting texting and driving. Instead, the state legislature has left it up to the local governments to write their own laws on cell phone usage, including texting while driving. Butte-Silver Bow and Anaconda-Deer Lodge counties prohibit texting and driving, and the following cities have also enacted laws against it:
- Columbia Falls
- Great Falls
Teens Provide the Biggest of an Accident
One of the hardest things to accept if you are injured by a driver who was texting is how completely avoidable the accident could have been. Texting while driving is especially dangerous for teen drivers. Research by NHTSA found that dialing a phone number while driving increases a teen's risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times. Surprisingly, teen girls are two times more likely to use cell phones while driving than teen boys. If you were in an accident caused by a teen who was texting while driving, a Billings car accident law firm can help establish negligence under State and Local Law.
Our Billings Car Accident Law Firm Can Help After an Accident with a Driver Who Was Texting and Driving
Whether or not you were injured by a texting driver in a city that has passed an anti-texting law, you have a right to seek personal injury damages from the driver who caused your accident, including:
- All your current and future out of pocket medical costs
- Your lost wages
- Amounts for your pain and suffering
You must file your claim within three years of the date of the accident, or you will be barred from pursuing damages under Montana’s statute of limitations. This is why it is so important to hire a Billings car accident law firm that knows how to fight to get you the monetary compensation that you deserve.
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