Safety Buckles In Trucking Accidents When Seat Belts Ignored

Given Montana is the fourth largest state by area in the United States, goods carried by trucks travel many miles as they surge toward their destinations. Moreover, with 2014 data reporting 956,517 registered trucks in the state as recently as 2014, roads are more busy with commerce than some people know. Truckers play an important role in the US economy, and populate Montana roads. Unfortunately, accidents occur when operators reject seat belt use, and as a result, people should be aware that operator negligence can result in trucking accidents. So, when an accident does occur, look to Odegaard Miller Law to protect your rights.

Recently, Larry Kahaner pointed out in Fleetworld that relevant numbers of long haul truckers do not wear seat belts, which significantly correlates with these drivers engaging in "other unsafe or illegal driving activity," especially resulting in an increase in speeding tickets. These truckers ignore this basic safety measure of wearing seatbelts, Kahaner goes on to argue, as a result of states failing to aggressively enforce seat belt laws, the absence of a written company safety program, and trucker discomfort when wearing seat belts. Regardless of the reason, when operators ignore seatbelts, their negligence may cause accidents.

The same holds true for car operators. For example, three people in a SUV were tragically killed in a recent crash between an SUV and a semi-truck in Great Falls, as reported by Channel 3 KRTV. The trucker and passenger survived the head-on collision and now must contend with the accident. Passengers in the SUV were not wearing seat belts.

As the Center for Disease Control states, "We know that using a seat belt is the single most effective intervention to prevent injury or death in a motor vehicle crash," but still 312,000 accidents occurred with trucks in 2012. As a result, should you need legal representation after a trucking accident, contact the law offices of Odegaard Miller. Put our experience to work for you to receive the compensation you deserve.