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Factors to consider following a commercial truck accident


It is important that truck accident victims in Montana and elsewhere understands the dynamics of a commercial truck accident and how the unique aspects these accidents apply during civil litigation. In order to address federal and state trucking regulations and potential third-party liability, victims of a commercial truck crash need to understand beyond the basics of what happened during the collision. While it is important to immediately initiate an investigation to collect evidence, it is also important to understand where to look and what to look for during the investigation.

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Traveling on Montana's highways, whether it is on your daily commute or a vacation road trip, means that sooner or later you will be travelling alongside a semi-truck. This is not always a safe endeavor. A truck driver may be fatigued or improperly trained in handling their vehicle. They may be incentivized by their employer to drive as fast as possible, in order to make more deliveries. They may even be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any of these situations can lead to a catastrophic collision that injures an innocent motorist.

Standing up to truck companies in Montana


Everyone in Montana must practice defensive driving, but this is especially true for drivers of semi-trucks. A truck's sheer size and weight can cause significantly more damage if they are involved in a wreck. Moreover, some semi-trucks carry hazardous materials, which could be dangerous if they spill on the roadway due to a crash.

Truck drivers with multiple health concerns may be more risky


Truck accidents can be costly for victims. A recent study conducted by a state medical school revealed that it is possible that health issues, even minor health issues, can increase a truck driver's chances of a truck accident when they have 3 or more health-related issues. While the skill and experience of the driver can be factors that contribute to the frequency and occurrence of truck accidents, health concerns can also play a role. Medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and back pain have previously been connected to poor driving performance.

Federal trucking regulations govern cargo securement


As we discussed in our last post, there are a number of ways in which negligence by semi-truck drivers and trucking companies can cause an accident. One form of negligence is a failure to properly secure the truck's cargo. A cargo that shifts while the truck is in motion, or that falls from the truck, can have disastrous consequences on a Montana highway.

What kind of negligence can lead to a truck accident?


A collision between a semi truck and a passenger vehicle is rarely an unavoidable event. Typically there is some form of negligence involved. This negligence can be on the part of the truck driver, the driver of the other vehicle, the truck company responsible for the rig's maintenance, or any combination of these parties.

When is a truck company liable for injuries in an accident?


In a collision between a large tractor-trailer truck and a small passenger vehicle, people in the smaller vehicle often suffer serious injuries. If the truck driver was negligent, under Montana law the injured victims have the right to sue that driver for damages. But, what about the truck driver's employer? When do injured truck accident victims have the right to bring a claim against the truck company?

Federal rules govern truck maintenance to avoid truck accidents


It does not take much imagination to picture what can happen when the tires or brakes on a semi truck fail on a busy Montana highway. To help prevent accidents caused by negligent truck maintenance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations include provisions governing truck maintenance.

Roadside inspections enforce federal trucking regulations


For Montana residents, large semi trucks are a familiar sight on our highways. For drivers of passenger cars and pickup trucks, sharing the road with these behemoths can sometimes be intimidating. In a collision, they can destroy a smaller vehicle and leave its occupants dead or seriously injured.

How common are fatal semi truck accidents in Yellowstone County?


When a large semi truck collides with an automobile, a pickup truck or an SUV, the outcome is often tragic. The smaller vehicle does not stand much of a chance against the overwhelming size and weight of the semi. Not surprisingly, these accidents often result in serious injuries and death. Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows the toll in Montana and in Yellowstone County.

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