Truck Accident Cases We Tackle
Attorneys in Montana & Wyoming
Being involved in a tractor-trailer crash is a scary and often painful experience – one in which an experienced legal advisor is required.
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Law Firm for Tractor-Trailer Injuries
Tractor-trailer accidents are rarely open-and-shut cases. Our decades of experience in winning trucking accident lawsuits make all the difference. We take on all types of truck accidents in Montana and Wyoming, equipped to get you the justice you deserve, no matter what kind of accident you’ve been in.
Have You Been In A Truck Accident?
The Attorneys of Stinson Law Group practice personal injury, business, and criminal defense law statewide in both Wyoming and Montana. If you’ve been involved in an accident and need the best truck accident lawyer, please contact us for a free consultation.
Truck Accidents in Wyoming & Montana
Out of all the fatal vehicle crashes in the United States in 2020, Wyoming had the highest percentage of fatal crashes involving large trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data. I-80 is known for being a treacherous highway and the most dangerous for truckers. As most truckers know, “The Sisters” is a particularly dangerous stretch also known as “Highway to Heaven.” While this name refers to its steep, almost skyward appearance, it is often covered in ice in the winter and battered by wind for most of the year.
Montana is also known for its dangerous highways and trucking safety issues. Montana is a large state full of remote highways. Harsh winter weather can create hazardous driving conditions like blizzards, black ice, and high winds, which are devastating for truckers. Highway 191 is a quick route from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, but the drive through the canyon has been referred to as “The Gauntlet of Death.” In 2015, a section of I-90 was named the most dangerous road in the country.
These dangerous roads lead to many different types of 18-wheeler, truck, and tractor-trailer accidents.
Understanding Different Types of Truck Accidents
Trucking accidents are diverse, each presenting unique challenges and implications. In this section, we’ll describe various types of truck accidents, shedding light on their distinctive characteristics and complexities.
Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous scenarios involving trucks. Also called “overturn,” this type is characterized by the truck overturning onto its side or roof. Understanding the dynamics and causes behind rollover accidents is crucial for comprehending their severity and devising preventive measures.
Jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s trailer swings outward, forming a 90-degree angle with the cab. These incidents often result in complex collisions and pose unique challenges for accident reconstruction.
Underride accidents involve a smaller vehicle sliding beneath the rear or side of a truck. This type of collision can have catastrophic consequences for the smaller vehicle’s passenger due to the sheer size of the truck.
The Department of Transportation mandates the installation of a rear safety bar, commonly referred to as an underride guard, on trailers to mitigate specific types of crashes. Advocates for truck safety have long pressed for more robust rear guards, and recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the department’s primary authority on this matter, revised its standards for rear guards. Notably, while the regulations now address rear guards, the Department of Transportation does not currently enforce the installation of guards on the sides of trucks, a measure proven effective in averting side underride crashes.
The stakes are high in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler. Beyond the sheer impact, understanding the dynamics of these collisions becomes a legal imperative. Also called frontal impact collisions, commonly known as head-on collisions, occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide.
Rear-end collisions occur when one vehicle collides with the rear of another. For truck accidents, that can mean one truck rear-ends a small vehicle, another truck, or is rear-ended itself. No matter what size or type of vehicle is involved, the challenges stemming from these accidents extend beyond mere physical damage, delving into the complexities of fault determination, often entwined with issues of negligence.
Hazardous Materials Spills
When a truck carrying hazardous materials gets in an accident, the consequences go beyond the immediate collision. HAZMAT encompasses a wide range of substances that can pose risks to human health, safety, and the environment when not handled or transported correctly. Navigating the aftermath of hazardous material spills requires a specialized approach, combining expertise in trucking regulations and environmental considerations. The potential dangers posed by spilled hazardous materials add an extra layer of complexity, demanding a thorough understanding of safety protocols, cleanup procedures, and legal ramifications.
Case Study: STATE TROOPER CRASH LEADS TO TRUCKING COMPANY SETTLEMENT
Corporate trucking companies will deploy every conceivable tactic to overcome legal challenges. This is precisely where Stinson Law Group steps in to champion your cause. Read our case study about how we helped a client fight back against a corporate giant.
Real Cases, Real Results
In the complex landscape of truck accidents, each case represents a unique narrative. Our case studies go beyond the surface, offering in-depth explorations of successful resolutions for various scenarios. These stories underscore the depth of expertise and the track record of Stinson Law Group, showcasing our unwavering commitment to securing justice for those affected by truck accidents. Read more about how we handle real cases.
Why Choose Stinson Law Group for Truck Accident Cases
With over 50 years of combined experience, we know how to handle trucking cases in Wyoming and Montana with your interests in mind. Our proven track record is a testament to our ability to secure significant settlements and victories for our clients. If you want a more comprehensive understanding of how we handle tractor-trailer accident cases, read more on our tractor-trailer accident representation page.
Partnering with You Every Step of the Way
In the complex aftermath of a truck accident, Stinson Law Group is at your side. We offer a free consultation as an invitation to discuss your situation and explore how we can guide you through the intricate legal landscape of truck accidents. We are committed to standing by your side, offering support and expertise throughout your case.
PREPARE ALL CASES FOR TRIAL TO GET YOU THE BEST RESULT
Decades of experience tell us to prepare all cases, big or small, for trial. A legal team that does not prepare your case for trial is an easy target for the other side and is likely to lose. The best settlement occurs when you, your lawyer, and your law team are ready for trial. At Stinson Law Group, we are ready for trial and the other side knows it.
HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AND TEAM TO REPRESENT YOU
Experience tells us using a “case team” best predicts a win. At Stinson Law Group our case team is a lead lawyer who will try your case if required, conduct settlement negotiations, and interact with the court and opposing counsel; a dedicated trial support legal team for research and document preparation; and an experienced paralegal for organization and investigation.
UNDERSTANDING AND ACCESSIBLE
You should feel comfortable asking any question and get an understandable answer from your lawyer and their legal team. We pride ourselves on treating our clients respectfully, explaining things clearly, and answering all questions. This may well be your first time in the legal system, but we have thousands of hours of handling cases just like yours. We will guide you.
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— T. Fitzgerald, Stinson Law Group Client
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— Laurence Stinson, Partner, Stinson Law Group Client
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