Although modern vehicles contain some of the most sophisticated safety features that have ever been integrated into automobiles, an alarming number of people are injured and killed when their cars and trucks are involved in crashes. Residents of Montana suffer significant losses when they are the victims of vehicle collisions; those losses can be seriously exacerbated when the crashes involve large commercial trucks.
To say that large trucks are big is a significant understatement. Large semi-trucks can weigh up to 25 times more than standard vehicles, though their exact weights can vary depending upon the loads that they carry. Due to their massive sizes, the amount of space and time that large trucks need to stop can be much more than what is needed for a regular passenger vehicle to come to rest.
Also due to the different types of loads that they may carry, large trucks can pose dangers that extend beyond those present in regular cars and trucks. Large tanker trucks can carry combustible materials like petroleum and other toxic materials. When these materials are ignited in the collision, they can start damaging and very dangerous fires.
Only a small number of the unique dangers associated with truck accidents have been discussed in this blog post. Readers who have experienced collisions with large semis, tankers and other trucks may have survived accidents with significantly different outcomes. Those who have had the misfortune of experiencing a vehicle crash with a truck may wish to discuss their situations with their personal injury attorneys to learn if their misfortunes may warrant litigation for the recovery of their damages.