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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Montana

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How do I know I have a case?

Motorcycle cases can be challenging in knowing whether you have a case or not. The easiest way to know is if the other party involved was at fault. You also have to demonstrate that you were injured as a result. Every motorcycle case we handle is different, therefore, the best measure of knowing if you have a case or not is speaking with one of our attorneys. Your attorney will be able to evaluate your case based upon the specific facts of your accident.

How long will the process take?

Unfortunately, there is no specific and satisfactory answer to this question. The length of time generally depends upon how long you continue to receive medical treatment for your injuries. If you have not been released from medical treatments, we would not want to yet settle your case. There are several reasons for this, one of the biggest being we want to be sure that the insurance carrier pays all of your medical bills resulting from your accident.

How much this cost me?

The good news is that you will not have to pay anything up front. We will take your case on contingency meaning that we only get paid if we settle your case. Our fees will be a percentage of the total settlement we help you get.

Motorcycle Accident Settlements and Verdicts

Being involved in a motorcycle accident is potentially more dangerous than being involved in another type of accident.  Motorcyclists commonly assume more risks than regular drivers.  Those involved in motorcycle accidents often suffer severe injuries including significant physical pain, emotional grief, and financial strain.  The medical bills stemming from injuries sustained can quickly add up and can have lasting effects on a person’s life.  Because of the risks associated with riding a motorcycle, anyone involved in a motorcycle accident should consult with a personal injury attorney.  While not all motorcycle accident cases are worth the expense and effort of preparing for litigation, having an advocate assess your case will help you gauge your options.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Montana

As mentioned, riding a motorcycle involves more risks than driving a car.  For example, the most significant is the risk of death.  In a 2015 report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities were 26 times more likely to die in a fatal accident when compared to car occupant fatalities in traffic accidents.  This likelihood is connected to the lack of protection that motorcyclists have when they are involved in a collision.

In the same NHTSA report, data shows that the most harmful event for motorcyclists is a collision with a moving vehicle.  Most collisions (74%) were frontal collisions.  The NHTSA estimates that helmets help deter some risk.  Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in averting fatal injury to a motorcycle riders.  Or as the NHTSA summarizes, “[i]n other words, for every 100 motorcycle riders killed in crashes while not wearing helmets, 37 of them could have been saved had all 100 worn helmets.”

Many states have adopted universal helmet laws which require all operators of a motorcycle to wear a helmet.  In states where no helmet law exists, 59% of motorcyclists involved in an accident were killed compared to only 8% in states with universal helmet laws.  In Montana, the law dictates that riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.

In Montana, the overall number of motorcycle crashes has risen sharply in recent years.  This includes fatalities, serious injuries, and other forms of injuries.  According to the NHTSA, the percentage of known people who did not wear a helmet in the state of Montana was 65%.  This number was among the highest in the country.

How Would A Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

After being involved in a serious motorcycle accident, the stress, injuries, and confusion of it all can be overwhelming.  A personal injury attorney can help alleviate some of that burden.  In hiring an experienced personal injury attorney, you are given access (through your advocate) to years of information and involvement in cases just like yours.  You can have confidence knowing that your attorney is working in your best interest.

Our attorneys are easy to work with.  They will not lecture you because you were not wearing a helmet in your accident.  In fact, our attorneys will be prepared to defend you if the insurance company tries to use that against you.  Our attorneys will also help you through the process by explaining the system so you can know what to expect.

What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you’re probably wondering what your case is worth.  The answer, plain and simple, depends on damages.  Because of this, it is difficult to give a specific calculation that will account for all of the variables in your specific case.  We encourage you to contact the Advocates Law to get a realistic assessment of your case and its value.

Figuring out the damages is determining what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically, and mentally.  This can be challenging, and our experienced attorneys are accustomed to doing so.  Some of the factors involved in gauging your case are medical treatments, property loss, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and others.

Statute of Limitations

Each state has a specific statute of limitations law.  These laws designate the definitive deadline for filing a civil action lawsuit.  In the state of Montana, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is three years.  This means that you have three years from the day of the motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit for personal injury damages.  This deadline is extremely rigid.  Cases filed after the statute of limitations are regularly dismissed.

Free Consultations / Contingency

The Advocates Law offers free consultations, meaning an attorney will speak with you about the details of your case.  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.  An attorney will be able to give you some free advice and tell you whether your case is worth pursuing.

The Advocates Law also works on a contingency fee basis meaning you will not have to pay until your case is settled.

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