With spring and summer blooming in Montana, there’s another yearly season we have–road construction season. Road construction workers are very vulnerable to personal injuries from cars and trucks traveling through the work zones. Recently a construction worker was killed in California when a DUI suspect allegedly struck him. The worker was focused on his work with a concrete saw when he was struck by the motorist. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Everyone should be able to do their job without fear of personal injury or death. Montana has traffic laws designed to protect these workers from being injured while doing their job. Still, the burden is on the driver of a car or truck to obey those laws and drive safely in work zones.
The California accident is still under investigation, but it seems driving while under the influence was a major contributor to the accident. DUI enforcement in Montana has been growing. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to a serious accident. DUI arrests in Billings reportedly tripled over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Earlier in March, alcohol is considered a major factor in a single vehicle crash in Missoula that killed two men.
The penalties for DUI are getting more significant as well.
First Offense Montana DUI; 1 day to 6 months jail time; $300 to $1,000 in fines; Drivers license suspension for 6 months
Second Offense Montana DUI; 7 days to 6 months in jail; Up to $1,000 in fines; Drivers license suspension for 1 year
Third Offense Montana DUI; 1 month to 1 year in jail; Up to $1,000 in fines; Drivers license suspension for 1 year
Fourth Offense Montana DUI; 13 months in program or facility; Up to $10,000 in fines; Drivers license suspension for 5 years
With the number of Billings and Montana car accidents related to alcohol abuse, you may have suffered a personal injury in connection with a car accident. At Bishop and Heenan, I want you to know your rights in case of a personal injury accident. Free consultation is only part of what I do as a Billings injury lawyer. My free book, “Your Rights”, can give you a head start on understanding what you might expect in case of an injury. Get the book in an instant download today.