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Mistakes by truckers lead to devastating injuries

If you travel on Montana's roads and highways, chances are good you will encounter a big rig. You may put out of your mind the danger of sharing the road with one of these behemoths, but you can't deny their intimidating presence. A tractor-trailer may weigh 20 times the weight of your vehicle. This means they take longer to stop and are more difficult to control in adverse conditions.

Injuries resulting from an accident with a commercial vehicle like a tractor-trailer can be devastating and life-changing. You may find yourself with injuries that require medical care for the rest of your life, or you may end up mourning the loss of a loved one who suffered fatal injuries in such an accident. You have every right to want justice in this situation, especially if the accident resulted from careless or reckless actions on the part of the truck driver.

Sometimes your caution is not enough

While it is possible that a truck accident can result from a mechanical failure or other issues, most often, the cause is driver error. You may be like many who wonder how automated vehicles will affect the number of serious and fatal accident involving trucks, but for now, you have to rely on the conscientious driving of the trucker. This means hoping that the driver operating the truck that passes you on the highway is not doing any of the following:

  • Driving a vehicle he or she failed to properly maintain or service
  • Making poor decisions, such as turning the truck too sharply, traveling too fast or changing lanes without checking that no cars are in the path
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving a truck while knowing his or her health could present a safety issue
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Of course, your accident may be more complicated than this. It is often easy to place the complete blame on the truck driver when others may share responsibility. For example, a driver of a smaller vehicle may cut off the truck, causing the truck driver to swerve to avoid a collision.

This is only one example, and the complete picture of your accident may require some investigation and research. For this reason, it is wise to reach out to a skilled attorney who has the resources to investigate your case and work to maximize your claim for compensation for your suffering and loss.

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