Truck driver fatigue is a serious danger on Montana roads. When over-the-road truckers drive too long without rest, their alertness and reaction times are adversely affected. In a worst-case scenario, a trucker can fall asleep at the wheel. When a large semi truck is involved in a collision with a smaller vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle can be killed or suffer serious injuries.
The trucking industry is important to Montana farmers, ranchers and businesses. But some argue the trucking industry puts profits over safety. In 2012, big trucks were involved in 333,000 crashes, according to data from the National Transportation Safety Board. Those accidents resulted in 3,921 deaths and injured over 104,000 people. Recently truck driver fatigue, one of the most critical safety issues for long-haul truckers, has become a national political issue.
The injuries sustained in a car accident can be life-changing. But a person's attitude can make all the difference in how they move on in life and put the accident behind them. A recent news article told the story of one young car accident victim whose positive attitude and refusal to give up are helping him cope with the fact that he can no longer walk.
Sometimes the victims of a motor vehicle accident consider themselves lucky to be alive. But surviving a horrendous auto accident is not always a matter of luck. Foresight, in the form of buckling a seat belt before setting out, has probably saved at least as many lives as luck. Police say three people who were hospitalized but are expected to survive a 3-vehicle car accident near Victor, Montana, about 35 miles south of Missoula, would not be alive had they not been wearing their seat belts.