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 & Culver, Montana Trial Attorneys have defended the rights of such truck accident victims for decades.
In order to prevent truck accidents, Montana traffic rules and regulations that apply to all large trucks may differ depending on the time of day. During daytime, the speed limit for large trucks weighing more than a ton is 65 miles per hour on interstate highways, while a lower speed limit of 60 miles per hour is prescribed for primary or secondary highways.
While there is no difference in the maximum speed limit on interstate highways during the night, the speed limit is further reduced to 55 miles per hour on these roads at night. Double and triple trucks, however, can only travel on the interstate highways at 55 miles per hour regardless of the time of day.
Truck accident victims can suffer from serious injuries like brain and spinal cord injuries, fractures, amputation or even internal bleeding. In many cases involving a truck accident, multiple cars and people may be affected due to the rollover impact on the highway. In some cases, truck accident victims may even die due to their injuries. In these tragic cases the victims, as well as their families, have the right under state law to initiate a lawsuit against the trucking company in order to seek compensation.