At Billings Injury Lawyer, we provide experienced and aggressive legal representation for individuals who have been injured in auto accidents in Montana. Attorney Joe Frick is licensed in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Kansas, and he has been named a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys. Joe Frick knows what it takes to win fair compensation for auto accident victims, and he is passionate about protecting his clients against the insurance companies that want them to recover as little as possible.
The majority of auto accident cases are based on another’s negligence. If someone has made a mistake that caused you harm, the law provides procedures in order for you to seek compensation for all of your losses as a result of the accident. The following are the most common forms of negligence that can entitle you to compensation:
Today, distracted driving is among the leading causes of auto accidents nationwide. Drivers who are talking on their phones, texting, setting GPS directions, adjusting the radio, and doing other things besides driving put themselves and others at a substantially increased risk for being seriously injured in an accident.
Tailgating (or following too closely) significantly increases a driver’s chances of causing an accident. As a rule of thumb, drivers should maintain a two or three-second buffer between their cars and the cars in front of them. Following too closely limits drivers’ visibility and leaves them without enough room to stop safely and avoid a collision.
Speeding is another leading cause of auto accidents. Drivers who are speeding – either driving above the posted speed limit or driving too fast for the weather and road conditions – need more distance to stop and are less able to safely maneuver around other vehicles on the road.
Failure to Yield
Failure to yield to oncoming traffic is a common factor in many auto accidents. Drivers need to observe yield signs and understand the rules of the road regarding right-of-way. When they do not, they will frequently be liable for any damage and injuries sustained in a resulting collision.
From failing to look before merging onto the highway to misjudging the distance between approaching vehicles, all types of merging errors can lead to dangerous collisions.
Failing to observe traffic signals, failing to look before changing lanes, failing to use turn signals, and failing to notice that traffic has stopped or slowed up ahead are all common factors in vehicle collisions. Drivers must be aware of their surroundings at all time; and, on the road, even a second of not paying attention can have a lifetime of consequences.
Drunk driving is a persistent problem in Montana and nationwide. Drinking and driving impairs your abilities to both identify and react to risks on the road. Although it is important to look out for signs of drunk driving and try to avoid those drivers, in most cases, there is not enough time to react and avoid being injured in a drunk driving collision.
There are various forms of reckless driving that can lead to serious auto accidents. From speeding excessively to weaving in and out of traffic, reckless driving is frequently a factor in collisions involving severe traumatic injuries.
Running Red Lights and Stop Signs
Running red lights and stop signs is extremely dangerous and often results in traumatic collisions. Whether due to being drunk or distracted, or simply trying to “beat” a yellow light, drivers who run red lights and stop signs are liable for the accidents and injuries that they case and deserve to be held accountable for all the damage they cause.
Other Driving Errors
On the road, almost any error behind the wheel has the potential to lead to a life-changing accident. If you have been injured in a collision, it is critical that you speak with a car accident attorney who can quickly conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and make sure that you recover the compensation you deserve.
Some of the other potential causes of auto accidents and accident-related injuries that can entitle victims to seek financial compensation include:
If you have been injured in an accident in Montana, you should:
Once you report the accident, avoid speaking with your insurance adjuster. At Billings Injury Lawyer, we will deal with the insurance companies for you. You need to avoid giving a recorded statement or supplying the insurance companies with any other information that they may later try to use against you. Remember, it is their job to pay as little as possible for any claim.