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The dangers of texting and driving

Texting and driving is an epidemic that has spread throughout Montana and the rest of the country. It will continue to spread so long as people have access to electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets while they are behind the wheel. Only drivers can make concerted efforts to avoid this task while they are operating their vehicles. Let's take a look at the dangers of texting and driving.

When a driver decides to text while driving, they will distract themselves in three ways. Those three distracting ways include the following:

  • Cognitive: The focus of safe driving is taken away from the driver
  • Manual: The driver's hands are removed from the steering wheel
  • Visual: The driver's eyes are no longer on the road

What is it that makes commercial trucks so dangerous?

Many people will see at least a handful of commercial trucks during their daily commute to and from work in the Belgrade area. These trucks are hauling anything from livestock to dairy to gasoline to retail products to other hazards. Getting into an accident with one of these trucks can be devastating. So, what is it that makes commercial trucks so dangerous?

The most obvious of reasons why commercial trucks are so dangerous is their sheer size. These trucks weigh roughly 2 tons, sometimes more, depending on their load, and are very tall. These two factors, height and weight, make for a bad combination when a truck is barreling at highway speed and cannot stop in time before hitting another vehicle.

Rear-ended? Watch out for these injuries

In the world of car accidents, getting rear-ended by another driver may be the most common. It can be frustrating to get into a rear-end crash, but it is not usually the end of the world. While these types of accidents are very common, if someone rear-ends you, you can still obtain injuries from the crash.

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), rear-end collisions account for over 30 percent of all motor vehicle crashes. How do these accidents occur and what injuries should you look out for after the crash?

Reasons why commercial trucks can be so dangerous

Commercial trucks, most of which are known as 18-wheelers, are incredibly dangerous to other vehicles on the roads of Montana. Even though these trucks transport goods to retailers, which is important for the economy, they are often involved in some of the most tragic accidents. Let's take a look at the reasons why commercial trucks can be so dangerous.

As with almost every 18-wheeler on the road, a commercial truck is dangerous due to its sheer size. These trucks are wide, long and heavy even when the trailers are empty. When you load the truck with product, it will become even heavier. The weight of these trucks will make it difficult to come to a stop when something unfolds in front of them.

Looking at the liability in a delivery truck crash

When you are involved in an accident, the stress sets in immediately. The problem becomes even more of a headache when the accident is caused by a delivery truck. Many delivery trucks are generic trucks, which means you might not know the company operating the truck just by looking at it. Let's examine the liability issues with a delivery truck crash.

If you can identify the company operating the delivery truck, such as UPS or FedEx, you can easily file a lawsuit against the company. Companies are responsible for the accidents caused by their drivers so long as the driver was an actual employee of the company and was acting within the scope of their employment at the time of the crash.

What happens if I miss work due to a car accident?

Being involved in a car accident is bad enough. Add in the fact that your injuries are causing you to miss work, and the stress is daunting. What do you do? How do you pay your bills? These are two very serious, important questions that you should ask your personal injury attorney. So, what happens if you miss work due to a car accident in Belgrade?

The first thing you need to do if a car accident has prevented you from working is document everything. You will need documentation from your doctor regarding your injuries, the treatment you are receiving and how long the injuries have already kept you out of work.

Common causes of the accidental discharge of a firearm

Owning a gun comes with a lot of responsibility. It's best to receive the proper training before using a firearm or carrying it with you. There are times when a firearm accidentally discharges. If you have never experienced an accidental discharge, it can be frightening the first time it happens. Let's take a look at the most common causes of accidental firearm discharge.

One of the most common causes of accidental firearm discharge is complacency. The more someone becomes comfortable with their firearm, the likelier it is that they become complacent. Complacency sets in because the firearm owner becomes comfortable with their gun. This can easily lead to accidental discharge due to failing to put the safety on or leaving the gun unattended.

You can seek wrongful death compensation after a fatal crash

Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death in the United States. Montana is no exception. Despite there being fewer people per square mile in Montana than most other states, there is still a risk any time you get on the road.

People die on the roads every day, and many times it is a tragedy but no one was consciously negligent. People in both vehicles can make mistakes that contribute to the accident.

What are the lost wages stemming from a truck accident?

Trucks of all different sizes help move the economy. When you see them all over the roads of Montana, you know that things are going well. The more there are, the more likely it is that they will be involved in an accident. Truck accidents can lead to incredibly tragic injuries and even death. The injured parties could miss out on a lot of wages, which we will discuss in today's post.

If your injury stemming from a truck accident forces you to miss time at work, you will likely wonder how you will pay your bills. Accident victims can easily find themselves in financial trouble because of lost wages. The trouble occurs when you are unable to pay your monthly bills that are then compounded by medical expenses stemming from the crash.

Common hazards to drivers during the summer months

The summer is the best time of year in Montana to hit the road with family and friends for some adventure. Day trips and lengthy road trips are a national past-time for many. Despite this, driving in the summer can be very dangerous. There is an increase in traffic and other hazards that can pose a problem for drivers.

It's not hard to notice the increase in traffic during the summer. With school out, more and more families hit the road for vacation. You also have to contend with an increase in bicycles and motorcycles with the summer in Belgrade. Always look twice before turning or changing lanes so you can spot a bicycle or motorcycle in your path of travel.

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