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Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been involved in a serious car accident, you might feel overwhelmed, scared about the future, and unsure where to turn to next. 

The car accident attorneys of Tipp Coburn & Associates provide legal assistance to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your losses.

What are the advantages of securing a car accident lawyer at our Missoula, MT, practice?

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, you may not know how to proceed... 

The Next Steps

Remember it is never too soon to contact a lawyer after an accident...
Remember it is never too soon to contact a lawyer after an accident...

Seek Medical Attention

Many people hesitate to see a doctor after an auto accident because they don't think their injuries are serious enough. However, it is crucial to seek medical attention to document even minor or potential injuries so we can determine the full extent of your damages. 

Protect Your Claim

While you should cooperate with law enforcement in their investigation of the accident, you are not required to answer questions from the other driver or their insurance company. It is best to avoid these communications to protect your best interests and the strength of your car accident case. 

Contact an Attorney

Remember it is never too soon to contact a lawyer after an accident, but if you wait too long, it can be too late. Even if you just have questions, you can reach out to our Missoula law firm for a risk-free consultation. One of our car accident attorneys will be happy to review your case and help you determine the best way to proceed. 

Get Legal Help Now

The car accident lawyers at Tipp Coburn & Associates PC are committed to helping people throughout Montana move on with life after an unfortunate event. We are dedicated to providing personalized assistance and dedicated legal representation.

If you want to learn more about your legal options following an auto accident, schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today. You can reach our Missoula practice online, or by calling:

(406) 549-5186

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Bryan Tipp, Sarah Lockwood, and all of the staff at Tipp Colburn & Associates are top quality and incredibly dedicated. I can’t speak more highly of their dedication and passion for helping those in need.

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Brett was great to work with and extremely knowledgeable. He was able to achieve the best outcome and was great at explaining all of the options. I am happy with his work and would highly recommend Brett Schandelson

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Montana Car Accident Cases

Statute of Limitations

3 Years

Montana’s statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after a car accident is three years from the date of the accident. However, the limitations to file a claim with insurance after an accident can vary. Your attorney can communicate with your insurance company, as well as the company for the opposing driver, to find out what deadlines may apply. We can help you throughout the claims process and make sure you get a lawsuit filed within the deadline, if necessary. 

Comparative Fault

50% or less

Montana also has a comparative fault law, which prohibits drivers from recovering damages if they are more than 50% at fault for an accident. If you are responsible for 50% or less of the fault, you are eligible to recover damages. Montana requires drivers to demonstrate “financial responsibility,” which is accomplished mainly by purchasing car insurance. Those who do not have car insurance are still liable and can be sued to compensate you for your losses.

The Importance of Determining Cause

The cause of a car accident often demonstrates who is at fault, and ultimately who is financially responsible for the damage. Determining the cause will greatly dictate how our Missoula lawyers pursue your personal injury claim.

Building Your Case

Illustrating the cause of your accident is difficult to do on your own, but our personal injury attorneys have successfully investigated car crash liability in Missoula for decades. When our law firm takes on your case, we dedicate our time and resources to gather comprehensive evidence, including photographs and witness statements. Your car accident lawyer will then compile all the documents that show your losses, and file a claim against the responsible party. 

What Compensation Am I Entitled To? Understanding Your Damages

Your personal injury claim will contain a detailed record of the losses you incurred in the car accident. These are known as damages. Your car accident lawyer can seek compensation to recover a wide range of damages including:

Medical Bills

We will pursue compensation for any past, present, and potential future medical bills, including long-term care for any medical expenses related to your injuries.

Lost Wages

If your injuries caused you to miss work or inhibited your ability to work, we will seek compensation for your lost wages and earning potential.

Property Damage

We will also ensure the damage sustained to your personal property such as your vehicle is covered.

Pain and Suffering

We will pursue damages for your pain and suffering, as well as compensation for reduced quality of life for more severe, life-altering personal injuries.

Pursuing Compensation

There are two different avenues to pursue compensation for our Missoula clients.

Diagram comparing filing an insurance claim vs. lawsuit

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I can not say enough nice things about Brett and everyone else in the office. He actually listened to what I had to say, knew exactly how to help me, and took the time to walk me through my options and what needed to happen next. It's hard to know who you can trust and who's just telling you what you want to hear, but I never had any doubt Brett was giving me his honest opinion. I would never go anywhere else.

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This is a great place with great people. They were willing to take the time out of their day to try and make my day a little better. Thank you Tipp & Buley Law Firm for being there even when someone cant take you on full time. I will always appreciate your kindness today.

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Settlements vs. Trials

In many cases, we will begin by filing a car accident claim with the other driver's insurance company. Our lawyers will handle all communications with insurance representatives and negotiate in an attempt to reach a fair settlement. If we believe that the other party is acting in bad faith or not offering full compensation for your damages, we will proceed to alternative legal action.

If attempts to settle are unsuccessful, or the responsible party does not have auto insurance, your car accident attorney can file a lawsuit and argue your case in court. We are fully prepared to take on litigation when it's in the best interests of our clients. During a trial, we will present the evidence of your case to a jury and seek an award that covers the true extent of your losses.

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Tipp Coburn & Associates

Our attorneys have been fighting for Montanans since 1959. Over the years, we have represented more than 7,500 clients and helped them recover millions of dollars in compensation. We are affiliated with renowned legal organizations, including The National Trial Lawyers and the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

To schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, request a case review online or call us at (406) 549-5186

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