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Police say speed was causal factor in a truck accident

Montana investigators are still actively seeking answers to questions as to what occurred in the moments leading up to a recent collision. The truck accident occurred just after 1 p.m. on a Sunday. There were several people traveling in the vehicle at the time.

Truck accidents: Financial recovery is often possible

If you're traveling on a Montana highway, it pays to be as cautious and alert as possible, especially when you're sharing the road with a lot of other vehicles. All drivers are legally obligated to adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations. The problem is that you have no guarantee that every other nearby motorist is going to comply. Car or truck accidents often occur suddenly, leaving little to no time to safely react to avoid collision. 

Montana truck accidents often leave a lot of questions unanswered

When two motor vehicles collide, the results are often disastrous. If Montana accident victims survive their injuries, they may spend days, weeks, even months in recovery. In fact, many incidents lead to permanent disabilities that prevent those afflicted from being able to return to work. Truck accidents are often serious, if not fatal, made evident by a recent collision that occurred when the cab of a tractor-trailer somehow disconnected from the rest of the truck.

Double-check any trucking company settlement offer

While it is unfortunate, fact is that you will probably not find any of the responsible parties leaping out of their seats to fully compensate you for your injuries after a truck accident in Montana. Yes: You may receive offers that seem reasonable at first. You may even receive pressure to accept those offers from family, friends and the parties involved in your incident.

Prescription medication and delivery truck crashes

Truck accidents have a myriad of causes and every crash is unique. For example, a semi-truck driver may cause a collision due to fatigue after driving for too long, or a delivery truck driver may be responsible for an accident because they do not have very much experience and are not used to operating such a large vehicle. Prescription medication is another risk factor to consider when it comes to delivery truck accidents, and people take prescription drugs for many different reasons. Unfortunately, those whose driving ability is adversely impacted by prescription medication may cause an accident that leaves innocent people injured or claims lives.

Drug use among large truck drivers

There are many factors that can contribute to a large truck collision, from weather conditions during the time of an accident to traffic conditions and fatigue. However, drug use is especially concerning, and many of the deadly large truck crashes can be blamed on a trucker driving while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Not only are illegal street drugs a major concern, but prescription drugs (even when they are taken in accordance with a doctor’s recommendations) can also lead to a deadly collision.

Other reasons for truck driver fatigue

Driver fatigue can be extremely dangerous, and it often occurs when someone does not get a sufficient amount of sleep. For example, someone who has a chronic sleep-related problem, such as a sleep disorder, may struggle to remain alert behind the wheel. Or, someone who is tired because they did not sleep well during a particular night may also become fatigued. However, there are many other reasons why drivers suffer from fatigue, and this is especially concerning when it comes to those who operate large trucks.

Defective equipment may lead to major truck accidents

Motorists understand the importance of having their vehicle checked regularly to ensure all of the parts are working properly. Similarly, large trucks should be inspected on a routine basis to make sure there are no defective parts. Neglected maintenance, system malfunctions or defective equipment on tractor trailers could lead to a catastrophic truck accident. Not surprisingly, trucks that have defective parts are more than twice as likely to get in an accident.

Truck driver clearinghouse designed to reduce accidents

Large trucks are a force to be reckoned with on the roadways. In addition to their massive size, large trucks may have multiple trailers or have big loads that can cause issues when driving alongside other vehicles on the road. It only makes matters worse when truck drivers operate their tractor trailers while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Surprisingly, a number of truckers have been taken out of service after law enforcement officials found that they were driving under the influence. As a way to minimize the number of accidents caused by drunk truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed a Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

Could you be in danger from a truck rollover?

Large trucks are a common sight on interstates and city roads. While you know that trucks are essential to move goods through Montana and across the country, you are also aware that they can pose a danger to you and your family, especially when you are traveling at high speeds. You might wonder if rollovers are one of these dangers.

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