According to NBC Montana, the state of Montana was chosen as the state with the worst drivers in 2014 and 2016—although it shared the dubious honor with South Carolina in 2016. According to this study, Montana drivers speed more than they should, fail to wear seat belts, and ignore traffic signals. One Montana Highway Patrol Trooper was not all that surprised about the results. Montana has a very “relaxed” seat belt policy, which contributes to the number of auto accident fatalities. Many of those surveyed acknowledged that the speed limits are higher in Montana than in many other states. If you are in an auto accident, it is a good idea to get a Billings accident attorney.
Should You File a Personal Injury Claim with an Accident Attorney?
Auto accidents are, by far, the most common type of personal injury case. A personal injury claim stems from injuries to one person, due to the negligence of another. If injured in an auto accident by a negligent or impaired Montana driver, you need help. The best way to get the help you need is to have an experienced Montana auto accident attorney. You may wonder whether you actually have a personal injury case as a result of the negligence of another driver.
Your personal injury attorney can evaluate the specifics of your auto accident. Your attorney will also know how quickly, under Montana statutes of limitations, that your car accident claim must be filed. Missing the statute of limitations could prevent you from ever filing a claim for your injuries and other damages.
After Your Car Accident
The first thing to do following an auto accident is to tend to the injuries of those involved. People refuse an ambulance, asserting they are “fine,” only to find out later an injury occurred. An accident causes a flood of adrenaline in the body. This adrenaline can effectively mask pain. Because of this, many people involved in a car accident truly think they are okay. However, the find out later that they have injuries from the accident. Refusing to go to the ER following an accident can make it more difficult to receive compensation for your injuries. It is usually better to have yourself checked out, even if you think you are not hurt. You will also want to call the police so you will have a police report for your insurance company.
Following your auto accident, if able, try to take photographs of the scene of the accident. This includes both vehicles and anything else pertaining to the accident. Once you are home, you will need to call your insurance company. Give the basic details, and nothing more, until you are able to obtain a police report. If the other person’s insurance company calls you, it is a good idea to speak to your accident attorney. If they ask to record your statement, remember that you do not have to agree to this. Your recorded statement could later go against you. Make detailed notes about your accident including everything you can remember. Your attorney will thank you later, and your case will be much stronger. Finally, don’t talk about your accident, and don’t post photos or comments on social media.
What Compensation Can Your Billings Accident Attorney Find You?
The circumstances of your accident will determine what compensation you may get. You have entitlement to reimbursement for all your medical expenses tied to your injuries. This includes past, current and future medical expenses for hospital, doctor, rehabilitative services and even prescription drugs. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work, you may acquire lost wages. If you will be off work for an extended period of time, you could acquire future lost wages as well. Additional entitlements include compensation for pain and suffering and/or emotional distress.
It is important that you not try to deal with legal side of your accident on your own. Having an experienced Billings accident attorney can give you peace of mind knowing they protect your rights.