Roads and highways in Montana are shared by various small, medium-sized and large vehicles such a motorcycles, cars, and 18-wheeler semi-trucks. Given our mobile and fast-paced society it is not uncommon to hear about car accidents, some of which may simply be rear-end collisions with no injuries, others with minor injuries and sadly some which may result in very serious injuries and even death. All drivers on the road, regardless of their mode of transport, have an ongoing duty to exercise reasonable care while on the roads. Despite this legal requirement, though, accidents routinely happen.

In fact, Montana residents may find it interesting to learn that recently a two-vehicle car accident in South Billings hampered traffic movement until the authorities were able to clear the road. The accident occurred when the driver of a semi-truck traveling southbound attempted to take a left turn. As the semi-truck was taking the turn another vehicle traveling northbound crashed into the side of the semi-truck.

Despite the collision impact however, the authorities at the scene of the crash reported that the man who was driving the car sustained only minor injuries and was lucky enough to walk away from the crash with minimal injuries. The driver of the semi-truck did not appear to be harmed by the impact.

The accident investigation is ongoing but preliminary police reports indicated that alcohol may have played a factor in the semi-truck and car accident. It is unclear which driver was potentially intoxicated. Nevertheless, one thing is clear, accidents can happen to anyone, at any time and anywhere. For anyone who has been involved in a car accident may want to consult with a personal injury lawyer to have the facts of one’s case evaluated to determine if the negligent driver can be held responsible for damages.

Source: KTVQ, “Vehicle slams into semi, driver walks away with minor injuries,” September 7, 2014