Car accidents are a leading cause of serious injury in Montana. When someone is injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, that person has the right to bring a lawsuit and seek monetary damages.
Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to injury or death when they are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. A recent accident near Billings serves as a tragic reminder of this.
A recent survey of accident data from all 50 states resulted in a conclusion that may shock many Montana residents. Our state is ranked number one for fatal motor vehicle accidents after adjusting for population.
One of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in Montana is the rear-end accident. These accidents can occur at stop lights or stop signs, or when traffic is slowing down on a highway or freeway. Many rear-end accidents are simple fender benders, with little damage to the vehicles. But many are more serious, and they often result in severe injury -- especially to occupants of the vehicle that is hit from behind.
It takes only a few seconds for an accident to happen on a Montana highway. Any activity that takes a driver's attention off the road for those few seconds significantly increases the odds of a car accident.
The range of injuries that can result from a car accident is almost limitless. Depending on the force of the impact, a car collision can result in anything from minor strains and sprains to catastrophic trauma like a brain injury or paralysis One very common type of injury sustained in Montana motor vehicle accidents is injury to the soft tissues of the neck and back.
To recover compensation in a Montana personal injury case, injured parties must prove what damages they have suffered, including medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. One of the most critical pieces of evidence in proving damages is the injured person's own medical records.
Throughout Montana, motorcycles are a frequent sight on the roadways. While the majority of drivers of conventional vehicles and motorcyclists will generally share the road safely, there is a constant threat of a crash causing severe injuries and fatalities. Any car accident can cause damage, but when there is a motorcycle accident, the rider and any passenger that might also be on the motorcycle is in serious jeopardy due to the inherent vulnerability of the motorcyclist. Those who are injured or the families who have lost a loved one need to know how to seek compensation after a motorcycle crash.
In many personal injury cases in Montana, an insurance company is on the hook to pay all or a portion of the injured person's damages. Unless the negligent party who caused the accident is a large corporation or a wealthy individual, insurance is often the only realistic source of compensation for the victim's injuries. As a result, experienced personal injury lawyers spend a lot of time dealing with insurance issues and negotiating with insurance companies.
In Montana, the weather can be a big factor in road safety. Our state is prone to weather conditions that can make driving hazardous, including rain, sleet, icy roads and blowing and drifting snow. Heavy rain, wet roads and standing water in particular can give rise to hydroplaning, one of the most dangerous situations a driver can face. Fortunately, some basic safety habits can significantly reduce the likelihood of hydroplaning.