Montana Department of Transportation

Safety

Road Departure Crashes

overturned vehicleIn Montana, crash reports do not have a specific code for "run-off-the-road" crashes although collisions with fixed objects, overturns and immersion, and single-vehicle crashes are assumed to involve "run off the road." Additionally, the emphasis area was expanded in 2013 to include other "lane departure" crashes such as head-on, sideswipe opposite direction crashes, and on-road overturning crashes not related to an intersection.

In 2012, approximately 60 percent of Montana’s severe injury crashes involved one of these crash types. Montana’s high proportion of rural vehicle miles of travel on low-volume roads at typically high speeds makes this a particularly critical traffic safety issue for the State. New strategies to reduce these crashes focus on roadway design and greater public awareness of this highway safety issue.

Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan

New strategies to reduce these crashes focus on roadway design and greater public awareness of this highway safety issue.

Target

  • Reduce the five-year average number of fatalities and incapacitating injuries of single vehicle, run-off-the-road crashes from 817 in 2010 to 632 by 2015.

Champion


Traffic & Safety Engineering (MDT)
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