Truck drivers are often subjected to more stringent laws than their non-commercial or personal driving counterparts. One of the reasons for the state authorities to impose such stringent traffic rules and regulations on these drivers is that a road accident involving a truck can cause greater devastation to people and property than a small car due to the mammoth size of many trucks. Edwards, Frickle & Culver, Montana Trial Attorneys have defended the rights of such truck accident victims for decades.
Residents of Montana may be aware of the rules for operating large vehicles, such as commercial trucks. Many rules are designed to reduce the number of truck accidents on highways. Owners and drivers have to abide by the rules, including speed restrictions, vehicle weight, standards on tire and braking systems and obeying the road signs.
Some people consider trucking to be the lifeblood of the country because of the mass transportation of goods and materials to and from a wide number of cities and towns, including many in Montana.
The Motor Carrier Services Division of the Montana Department of Transportation is charged with regulating the commercial motor carrier industry and enforcing all applicable federal and state laws regarding commercial motor carriers. One of the primary goals of the MCS is to ensure safety on public roads by reducing the risk of commercial truck accidents.
Truck collisions often result in multi-car rollover accidents. Trucks are usually among the biggest vehicles on the road and can cause havoc in the event of an accident. In some cases, an accident may happen due to no fault of the truck driver but because of weather conditions or ill-maintained roads. In most cases, however, authorities have observed that truck accidents are caused by some form of traffic violation.
A large commercial truck, such as a semi-truck or an 18-wheeler, often weighs as much as 25 times more than the weight of a typical car. Due to a combination of this huge weight disparity and the basic laws of physics, accidents involving trucks pose a serious threat to people in the event of an accident. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 44 people died in crashes involving a large truck or bus in Montana between 2011 and 2012. The national tally in the same period was an astounding 8,226.
Residents of Montana and other states throughout the country may feel apprehensive while driving near a truck. The vast size of the vehicle and the immense amount of load is enough for any person to be anxious about a possible accident. Hence, many drivers prefer to be away from these vehicles; but it is not possible, however to always avoid trucks on highways.
Two semi-tractor-trailer trucks tipped over on a newly opened detour near Bozeman, Montana. One of the cases seems to have been caused by driver fatigue. On Monday, another truck driver who was traveling along the same route saw a semi-truck rolled over on its side with the wheel bent on the driver's side of the vehicle.
A 23-year-old woman died in an apparent hit-and-run accident approximately one hour east of Billings, Montana. She was walking with two other men along U.S. Highway 212, and she was reportedly intoxicated.
What could have been a wonderful visit to family in another state turned tragic when an 81-year-old man died after being struck by a truck. The victim, on his annual trek to Texas, was walking in the westbound lane of I-90 in Montana during the early morning hours.