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Secure Adequate Compensation After Your Motor Vehicle Accident

If you have been the victim of a motor vehicle accident involving a car, big-rig truck or motorcycle, the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Tipp Coburn Lockwood, P.C., in Missoula, will vigilantly pursue your right to compensation for the harm you have suffered. We will thoroughly investigate and review the evidence to build a strong case against the party at fault for the accident. We will seek compensation for any injuries you have suffered, including medical bills and damage to your property. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident in Montana, contact our law firm today to schedule your consultation.

Types Of Motor Vehicle Accidents

At Tipp Coburn Lockwood, P.C., our knowledgeable attorneys can handle the full range of motor vehicle accidents, including rear-end, side-swipe, and side-impact collisions; vehicle rollovers; head-on collisions; single-car and multi-vehicle accidents; red light accidents; accidents caused by DUI; and distracted driving.

Motor vehicle accident injuries can vary greatly, depending on the number and type of vehicles involved.

We can represent cases involving only cars, or a combination of cars, large trucks and motorcycles. In cases involving large trucks, both the driver and the trucking company can potentially be found liable. This makes it particularly important to work with an experienced attorney who has handled various types of truck accidents.

Montana Laws

Montana’s statute of limitations, or deadline, for filing a lawsuit against another driver involved in a motor vehicle accident is three years from the date of the accident. This law applies only to the lawsuit – there are different deadlines for filing insurance claims.

Montana is a comparative fault state. As such, in order to recover damages in a lawsuit, the injured party must be 50% or less at fault than the other party. If an injured party is more than 50% at fault for the accident, he or she is barred from recovery. However, if an injured party is 50% or less at fault for the accident, he or she can recover damages, with the award being reduced by the percentage of the injured party’s fault.

Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Motor vehicle accident injuries can vary greatly, depending on the number and type of vehicles involved, among other factors. Injuries can range from mild to severe and life-threatening and may include:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Brain injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Partial or full paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Burn injuries
  • Internal injuries, which often require surgery
  • Permanent scarring
  • Long-term disability
  • Pain and suffering

Obstacles And Outcomes In Motor Vehicle Accident Cases

Rather than paying on valid claims, insurance companies for at-fault drivers use two main tactics to reduce or eliminate your recovery. First, they will attempt to apportion some, or all, responsibility for the accident to you, and away from their insured. Second, they will attempt to reduce your recovery by diminishing the extent of your injuries. That is why it is so important to have someone representing your rights in the process. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation and carefully review all evidence to determine if your case is viable and to help ensure maximum recovery. The damages sought on your behalf will depend on the extent of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle or property, but may include compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including future expenses for long-term care
  • Loss of income if your injury rendered you unable to work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Property damage

Frequently Asked Questions On Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents can be overwhelming. Understanding the necessary steps after an accident and knowing your rights under Montana law can help you navigate the aftermath. Here are some common questions we hear:

What should I do after a car accident in Missoula?

The priority after a car accident is safety. Try to ensure everyone involved is unharmed and move to a safe location if possible. Even with no apparent injuries, contact emergency services.

Then, exchange vital information with the other party(s). This includes names, phone numbers, addresses, insurance information and vehicle details. Document the scene with photos and gather witness statements, if available.

Finally, report the accident to the police, regardless of its severity and call your insurance company promptly. Also, consider consulting with a personal injury attorney, especially if the accident resulted in significant injuries or damages.

What are my requirements for reporting a car crash in Montana?

According to Montana’s Uniform Accident Reporting Act, you must report a car accident to local law enforcement if it results in injury, death or property damage exceeding $1,000.

Reporting ensures proper documentation for insurance claims and legal proceedings. Additionally, you must report accidents involving government vehicles or nonresident drivers, regardless of the extent of damage. Failure to report can result in legal consequences, such as fines.

How can a personal injury attorney help me after a car accident?

A personal injury attorney is your advocate for seeking compensation after a car accident. They handle legal complexities, negotiate with insurance companies and represent your interests in court.

With their knowledge and experience, our personal injury attorneys can help ensure you receive the rightful compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and emotional distress. Trust a personal injury attorney to fight for your rights and fair compensation during this challenging time.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, contact our law firm today to schedule your consultation. At Tipp Coburn Lockwood, P.C., we will carefully review your case and work diligently to ensure you are adequately compensated for your injuries.