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June 2017 Archives

The pause on new federal trucking regulations

As any Montana motorist can contend, the trucking industry is very noticeable on the roadways. This means automobile drivers frequently share the road with these massive vehicles that often make long hauls to deliver goods to consumers across the country. While drivers with specialized training operate semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, their training does not eliminate the potential dangers a negligent trucker could cause. Additionally, trucking companies can also be negligent by not following the federal trucking regulations currently in place.

Helping hold negligent truckers liable following a truck crash

Truck drivers have the same responsibilities as any other driver, which, generally speaking, is to drive safely. Nonetheless, these drivers are held to a higher standard. This is because truckers are likely to travel long distances spanning many consecutive hours. Additionally, semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks are massive vehicles. They do not operate and maneuver like other motor vehicles, making it imperative that truck drivers are properly trained to safely operate a large commercial truck.

How could manufacturers be liable for an aviation accident?

Traveling by plane can be exciting. While some residents in Montana have flown countless time and are comfortable with it no matter how far they travel, others are less experienced and are apprehensive about traveling in a plane. No matter how seasoned a passenger, though, there are some risks associated with air travel. Media coverage often covers crashes caused by negligent pilots or airline companies, but other parties could be the cause or contribute to a serious plane crash.

Understanding the common causes of fatal motorcycle collisions

As a previous post noted, motorcyclists tend to face many dangers on the roadway. While the warmer months mean more motorcyclists traveling, whether alone or in large groups, it also means the potential for a serious and even fatal collision. When a motorcycle accident occurs, a rider could be thrown from their bike resulting in trauma to the head and body, even when a helmet is worn. This could ultimately result in catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.

Speed a factor in a fatal motorcycle crash in Montana

Now that spring weather is here to stay, motorists in Montana and other states across the nation can expect to share the road with motorcyclists on a regular basis. Whether it is a single biker travelling on his or her own, or a group of bikers, drivers are expected to use care and caution when operating their vehicles around motorcyclists. This means double-checking mirrors and blind spots, looking for motorcyclists when crossing a road or turning onto a road, and ensuring that they are not traveling too closely to a biker. Failure to uphold this duty of care could result in a serious motorcycle collision, as evidenced by one recent wreck.

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