Large 18-wheel trucks are a common sight on Montana highways. But when a passenger car is involved in a collision with a semi truck, the results are often tragic for the occupants of the car. Because of their size and weight, large trucks can demolish a smaller vehicle when they hit it, resulting in injury or death to those inside.
Because of the safety issues, semi trucks are subject to extensive regulations at the state and federal level. Commercial truck drivers are required to stop for rest after a certain number of hours on the road, and must keep a log to show compliance with these rules. Regulations also require periodic inspections to ensure tires, brakes and other components are in good working order. Semi truck drivers must pass written and road tests to obtain a commercial drivers’ license. Periodic alcohol and drug tests are also required.
Pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a truck company requires knowledge of these regulations. An experienced truck accident attorney will review the trucking log to determine whether truck driver fatigue was a factor in the crash. A knowledgeable lawyer for the victim will also demand the company turn over its inspection records so the lawyer can review them and determine if negligent truck maintenance was an issue.
Those who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a semi truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver or truck company may be entitled to monetary damages. Our law firm has the experience and the financial resources to take on the trucking companies and their insurance carriers. To find out more, visit our Billings Truck Accident Lawyers page.