Truck Accident Claims
From the standpoint of the practicing attorney, the main difference between car and truck accident litigation has to do with the insurance coverage that's available to cover your losses. A private passenger vehicle's liability coverage, combined with your own underinsured motorist policy, might only meet portions of your losses.
Semi-trucks and commercial vehicles are usually covered under policies that start at $1-3 million per incident, and it's possible that separate policies are in place to cover the tractor, the trailer, and the driver of a single big rig.
While it's good to know where your payments will come from if you successfully prove liability and damages, you should also be aware that trucking companies and their insurers are represented by experienced defense counsel with plenty of incentive to limit the payout on your claims.
Types of Truck Accidents
There are several types of accidents involving trucks. Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:
- Blind Spot Accidents
- Jackknife Accidents
- Lost Load Accidents
- Rear End Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- T-Bone Accidents
- Tire Blowouts
- Under Ride Accidents
- Wide Turn Accidents
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be some of the most dangerous crashes due to the sheer size of the vehicles involved. These accidents can result in serious injuries or possibly death. Some common causes of truck accidents include:
- Brake Failures
- Distracted Drivers
- Driver Fatigue
- Drunk Drivers
- Improperly Loaded Cargo
- Improperly Trained Drivers
- Poor Maintenance
- Poor Road Conditions
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our truck accident attorneys in Billings to see how we can help!
How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
If your accident occurred in Montana, you can get an experienced lawyer of your own to protect your interests. At Edwards & Culver, we're an AV-rated* law firm with a 30-year tradition of client service throughout the state. We can fly at a moment's notice at our own expense to any truck accident scene from the Idaho border to Glendive. Our commitment to prompt investigation, thorough preparation, and detailed documentation of your claims can help protect you from inadequate settlement offers and stubborn defense tactics.
Our attorneys represent truck accident victims in all kinds of circumstances:
- Fatal truck accident cases
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Logging truck or mining truck accidents
- Collisions with long-haul trucks on I-90, I-94 or Highways 12 and 212
- Accidents caused by driver fatigue, improper maintenance, or defective equipment
- Accidents involving maintenance vehicles, delivery vans, ranch vehicles, or other light trucks
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Our team of truck accident lawyers in Billings know what we're up against in these cases, so we leave nothing to chance either in proof of negligence against the defendants or in the presentation of your past, current and future losses. We keep our clients fully advised about the strengths, weaknesses and strategic turns of every case. Our record of success in some of Montana's biggest injury cases speaks to the soundness of our methods.
To learn more about our approach to truck accident litigation, contact us today!
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