Truck Accident Attorneys in Billings, MT
Accidents that involve a collision between automobiles and trucks, semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers are often devastating and can cause severe injuries to the victims or sometimes death. Unfortunately, these accidents are becoming increasingly more common. According to statistics from the Montana Department of Transportation, about 3,337 large vehicles were involved in traffic accidents in Montana in 2019 alone.
If you were injured in a negligent truck accident or if you believe that a truck driver's wrongful act caused your loved one's death, you may be entitled to recover damages. At Gerstner Adam Law, we are committed to providing experienced legal counsel and compassionate representation to truck accident victims and their families. Our skilled Montana personal injury attorneys will review and investigate the details of your case and explore all possible options that you have to seek justice.
As your legal counsel, we will fight vigorously on your side to protect your rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation that can cover medical bills, lost wages, future medical expenses, and any additional pain and suffering. Gerstner Adam Law is proud to represent clients throughout Billings, Montana, and the surrounding communities of Glendive, Miles City, and Sidney.
In Montana, truck drivers involved in accidents are required to provide reasonable assistance to other accident victims. If there’s been an accident, the driver should stop and help any accident victims with transportation to a hospital or medical facility whenever possible.
Furthermore, according to Montana's Uniform Accident Reporting Act, any driver involved in an accident that results in an injury, death, or property damage of $1,000 or more, must report the crash to law enforcement immediately.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
Montana Code Section 27-2-204 outlines the statute of limitations that accident victims have with regards to filing a personal injury claim or civil action against the responsible party. Montana’s statute of limitations provides accident victims or their families up to three years from the date of the accident to seek remedy or commence an action in civil courts for any kind of personal injury or wrongful death caused by another person.
ASSESSING LIABILITY IN
A TRUCKING ACCIDENT
Depending on the events that lead to the truck accident itself, a number of different parties may be held liable for causing the accident. These various parties include:
The truck driver can be found liable for an accident if the driver was found to be driving distracted, driving while fatigued, speeding, committing a traffic offense, or operating their vehicle without proper training.
The trucking company that hired the driver can also be found liable for the accident if the truck accident occurred due to company error, such as hiring an unqualified driver, setting unrealistic expectations, or inadequate safety inspections.
The truck manufacturer could be found liable for the accident if the traffic accident occurred due to a defective part, such as mechanical defects, mechanical failures, or faulty brakes.
Cargo loaders could also hold some level of liability in an accident for failure to properly secure, inspect, or balance the cargo or boxes within the truck’s cargo load. Oftentimes unsecured cargo can lead to balancing issues that cause an accident.
Maintenance personnel are often cited for liability following an accident for a number of different reasons that typically involve an oversight in performing their expected duties. Examples include a failure to perform routine maintenance, safety checks, or inspection of brakes, engine, electronic systems, and fluids.
MONTANA’S MODIFIED COMPARATIVE FAULT SYSTEM
Montana uses a "modified comparative fault" system when assessing damages to those who are found liable. This means that accident victims who are found to share some level of fault in the accident can still recover damages, as long as their share of fault is less than that of the negligent party — meaning less than 50%. However, your award will be reduced according to your degree of fault. For example, if you were awarded $100,000 in compensation for injuries that you suffered in an accident, but the judge finds that you were 10% responsible for the accident because you were speeding, your compensation will be reduced by 10%, or $10,000. This means you will only be eligible to recover $90,000 from the $100,000 settlement that you were awarded by the court.
WORK WITH AN EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
Being injured in a negligent truck accident or losing a loved one to a trucking accident can be an extremely tragic and emotional experience. Such an accident can have a significant impact on your physical, mental, and financial well-being. The good news is, you don't have to go through these challenges on your own. Choosing to work with an experienced personal injury attorney is the first step you can take towards protecting your rights and pursuing the compensation you need for recovery.
At Gerstner Adam Law, our attorneys have the legal resources and experience to assist and represent victims of truck accidents in their injury claims. As your legal counsel, we can:
Fight diligently to protect your rights and represent your best interests
Review and investigate all the surrounding facts of your case thoroughly
Gather all necessary information, required pieces of evidence, and documentation
Fight to prove fault and establish liability
Determine the full magnitude of your injuries and estimate case-value
Handle all communications with the insurance company and work to negotiate a fair settlement
If necessary, file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit
Ultimately, our attorneys will work to ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable. We will do everything we can to help you seek fair financial compensation that can cover medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, future medical treatment, and any additional pain and suffering you’ve been forced to endure. Our team can offer you the comprehensive legal guidance, assistance, and support you need during this critical period — so call or reach out today to schedule a free case consultation.
TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS SERVING BILLINGS, MONTANA
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, contact Gerstner Adam Law today to schedule a free one-on-one case consultation. Our attorneys will fight vigorously to protect your legal rights and help you seek fair financial compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys are proud to serve truck accident victims throughout Billings, Glendive, Miles City, and Sidney, Montana. Call our office today for help!