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Montana Car Accident Lawyer


How do I know I have a case?

An easy way to know if you have a case is determining who was at fault. If you were the victim of a car accident and have been injured as a result of that accident, you should speak with one of our attorneys. Each case is so different. Because of this, one of the best ways to know if you have a case or not is simply calling our attorneys. Your call will be directed to an advocate who will evaluate various aspects of your case and help you know whether it is worth pursuing.

How long will the process take?

There isn’t a specific time frame for personal injury cases. Each one depends on the severity of injuries and how long it takes you to heal. We would not want to settle your case if you have not been completely released from medical treatments for those injuries. We want to be sure that the at-fault insurance carrier pays all necessary medical expenses stemming from your accident.

How much this cost me?

Fortunately, you will not have to pay anything out of pocket. We will take your case on contingency meaning we get paid only if you receive compensation. Our fees are a percentage of the overall total settlement amount we help you receive.

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Car Accident Settlements and Verdicts

Automobile accidents are serious. They result in stress, trauma, and sometimes life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, a car accident is a likely occurrence in everyone’s life. For instance, Forbes reports that the average person will file an insurance claim for a collision every 17.9 years. Therefore, for the average driver, you can expect about three to four accidents during your lifetime. Sadly, for many people, a car accident is not a matter of if, but when.

Montana is not exempt from these numbers. Car crash victims are left with the considerable costs related to the accident like missed time at work, hospital bills, medication, etc. The Advocates Law is committed to helping you. If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident, the Advocates Law will help you.

Car Accident Statistics in Montana

Every year, thousands of people in Montana are involved in life changing accidents. Montana has some frightening statistics with regard to motor vehicle crashes. For example, in Montana, around 27% of crashes produced serious injuries in 2015. Furthermore, the same report shows that 26% of crashes resulted in some form of injury. The range of minor to severe injuries is a serious problem for those involved.

Apart from injuries, Montana’s fatality statistics are troubling as well. In 2014, 51% of motor vehicle deaths nationally occurred in rural areas. This percentage was 93% in the state of Montana. According to the Billings Gazette, the number of highway fatalities jumped 17% in 2015. In the same article of the Billings Gazette, Mike Tooley, the director of Montana’s Department of Transportation summarizes three main factors contributing to these statistics, “colossal lack of seat belt use,” “folks are speeding,” and alcohol use. Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports Montana has the third highest proportion (70%) compared to other states of deaths in single-vehicle crashes.

In recent years, Montana has been rated as one of the most dangerous states for drivers. This is, in part, due to the high numbers of drunk drivers. In 2014, according to IIHS, Montana had the highest estimated percentage (49%) of fatally injured drivers with blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 (the number considered alcohol-impaired by law). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 1.9% of people report driving after drinking too much nationally. This number is 3.4% in Montana. Fortunately, concerted efforts have lowered the rates of drunk driving and alcohol-involved crashes in recent years.

How Would A Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

There are various benefits to hiring a personal injury lawyer. Normally, accident victims are not accustomed to dealing with insurance companies on a daily basis. Our attorneys at the Advocates Law are. Our attorneys deal with insurance companies regularly. The Advocates Law understands the process in reaching a settlement, as well as the nuances associated with each case. It is likely that your advocate has already seen a case very similar to yours. Because of this experience, our attorneys know how to negotiate with the insurance companies to help you receive the fairest settlement possible.

The Advocates can help work through the challenging labyrinth of claims and procedures to help you resolve you claim. Some of the obstacles often include the bureaucracy of insurance companies, complex legal procedure, convoluted medical terms, and mounds of paperwork are commonplace in trying to reach a settlement.

What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

Our attorneys are experienced in the types of cases they receive. Because of this, our attorneys can tell you from the beginning whether hiring an attorney is the best solution. If there is a small likelihood that you will win your case, you can avoid the expense, stress, and hassle of preparing for litigation.

Because every case is different, determining a definitive level of fair compensation can be challenging. The value of your case depends largely on the unique details in your case. Each car accident case is considered individually and multiple factors are considered including a person’s suffering, pain, etc.

Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations is the amount of time that a car accident victim has to file a legal claim or action. It serves as a sort of deadline. It is during this time that you must act to retrieve lost compensation for injuries, medical bills, etc. In the state of Montana, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is three years. This means any involvement in an accident (including drunk driving, head-on collisions, running a red light, etc.) has three years for the filing of a case.

Free Consultations / Contingency

The Advocates Law offers free consultations. This includes phone calls, chats (operated through our website) email, etc. When you call The Advocates Law, you can to speak with an attorney immediately. This differs from other personal injury law firms where they will pencil you in for an appointment. With the Advocates, the attorney is able to give you advice and help review your case on the spot.
The Advocates Law also works on a contingency fee basis meaning you do not have to pay an attorney’s fee unless your case is successfully resolved.