Truck accidents occur at an alarming rate in Montana and across the United States. People are seriously injured and killed in tractor trailer accidents more often than some may think. When people understand the common causes of truck accidents, they may be able to avoid becoming involved in an accident and could save lives in the process.
If you drive a truck in Montana, you may not think twice about having your cellphone near you while you drive. This device can be distracting, though, and it is important to understand the consequences of using your cellphone on the road.
Sharing the road with semi-trucks is an unavoidable part of life in Montana, but many motorists feel fearful anytime they find themselves in close proximity to these large, heavy vehicles. While the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks present inevitable dangers, such dangers become compounded when truck drivers fail to follow the rules of the road and abuse substances before getting behind the wheel.
Anytime you take to the roadway in Montana, you run the risk of encountering commercial trucks. While some semi-truck drivers and commercial trucking companies regularly follow the rules of the road, others engage in dangerous driving behaviors, such as driving after drinking, or driving while distracted, while on the clock. While the dangers of truck drivers driving drunk or distracted are well-documented, some believe a new risk is endangering American motorists, and it stems from increasingly long trucker commutes.
If you ever find yourself the victim of a trucking accident in Montana, chances are that your injuries would only be the first of many challenges. Truckers are rarely sole proprietors from whom you might seek reasonable compensation for your injuries. Your opponent in suit would instead often be a sprawling trucking company backed by major insurance interests, significant independent financial resources and experienced legal firms. This is why we make it standard procedure at the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton to use our network of trucking professionals to each of our client's maximum advantage.
Montana drivers know the danger they can face when encountering an 18-wheeler, especially in bad weather. Whether they are cruising down an Interstate, driving on one of Montana’s federal or state roads, or negotiating city traffic, hitting or being hit by a huge truck puts them at grave risk for serious injury or death.
Winter in Montana can make for some questionable road conditions. As the driver of a large truck, it is your responsibility to drive safely. This protects you and others on the road. While you may practice safe driving on a regular basis, it is even more important to do so in the winter.
There seems to be a lot of advertising for people to fill truck driving jobs in Montana. While these jobs usually offer stability and good pay, they are also among the most dangerous in the country. According to Truck Driving Jobs, truck drivers have the most number of fatalities of any job. Most accidents happen in summer, which suggests driving conditions are not as much to blame as traffic conditions.
The onset of the holiday season means more commercial vehicles are taking to roadways across Montana and the nation to transport goods and deliver packages, but the influx of trucks can also mean enhanced danger for motorists. This time of year, truckers are more likely to face tight schedules and experience fatigue, and when these factors combine with the inclement weather that is common during winter, the results can prove deadly. At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton, we understand the unique dangers involved with sharing the road with trucks around the holidays, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury because of another’s negligence.
Large truck crashes are a major contributor to highway deaths, not just in Montana, but also across the nation. A report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that 11 percent of highway deaths occur as the result of a crash involving a large truck. In 2015, the latest year for which national statistics are available, 3,852 people died in large truck crashes; 69 percent of them were in passenger cars and other vehicles, 16 percent were in the trucks themselves, and 15 percent were motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians.