Car Accidents

Billings Car Accident Attorneys

Car Accidents in Montana

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Edwards & Culver has a firmly established reputation for excellence in the resolution of personal injury claims of all kinds. So, when it comes to personal injury car accidents, our Montana car accident attorneys know how to prove liability against a negligent driver or highway designer, document the full range of losses and future needs in the most serious injury cases, and find the insurance coverage necessary to cover them.

When To Hire a Car Accident Lawyer

As a general guideline, it’s best to contact a lawyer after a car accident as soon as possible to obtain the best outcome for your case. There are a couple reasons for this, the first being the statute of limitations. This law is familiar to many which limits how long injury victims have to file a claim. According to Part 27-2-204 of the Montana Code Annotated the state of Montana has a three-year timeline.

This means you have three years from the date your accident occurred to file your claim or you will most likely be unable to do so. There are some exceptions that can extend or shorten the time you have to file so it’s crucial that you speak to an attorney about the specifics of your case.

In addition, car accident injuries in particular pose a specific difficulty than other injuries covered by personal injury law in that very often they are soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are injuries that affect the tendons, ligaments and muscles in the body are are known for slowly developing over a period time after they initially occur.

Because of this delayed reveal, many car accident victims sign a compensation agreement with an insurance company before talking to a lawyer only to discover that their injuries are worse than they initially believed but are not able to recover any additional. If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent driver, talk to our Billings car accident attorney for help today!

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A Montana car accident lawyer serves as a crucial ally for victims of car accidents in Billings, MT. They utilize their extensive knowledge of the law, negotiation skills, and experience to help accident victims navigate the complex legal process. With their help, those injured in a car crash can seek adequate compensation for medical bills, loss of income, and other consequential damages.

Services Provided By Montana Car Accident Lawyers

  • Assessment of the Case: Billings accident lawyers carry out a thorough evaluation of your case to determine its viability and the compensation amount you're entitled to.
  • Collection of Evidence: They gather crucial evidence from the accident scene including police reports, surveillance footage, and witness testimonies to prove the other party's negligence.
  • Negotiation With Insurance Companies: They handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company, ensuring you receive the best possible settlement.
  • Filing a Lawsuit: If a fair settlement cannot be reached, they will file a lawsuit and represent you in court.
  • Legal Guidance: They provide constant legal advice throughout the process, ensuring you make informed decisions about your case.
  • Medical Record Review: They review medical records and work with medical experts to establish the extent of your injuries.
  • Future Expense Calculation: They calculate future expenses that may arise from your injuries, such as ongoing medical treatment and loss of future income, to ensure these are included in your compensation claim.

Handling All Types of Car Accident Matters & Issues

Our auto accident lawyers advise clients on personal injury or wrongful death litigation related to auto accidents of all kinds, including:

  • Single-car accidents due to rollovers or tire blowouts
  • Accidents caused by drunk drivers
  • Collisions with commercial trucks, logging trucks or ranch vehicles
  • Accidents involving drivers from other states on I-90, I-94, or Highways 12 or 212
  • Accidents caused or aggravated by negligent bridge or road maintenance
  • Accidents at railroad crossings
  • Accidents involving drivers on the job such as delivery drivers or other commercial drivers
  • Insurance coverage disputes, especially when the other driver is uninsured or underinsured

Importance of a Comprehensive Investigation

In any injury case, a timely investigation into the causes of the accident is key. If you wait too long, witness memories can fade and crucial evidence may be lost. When you hire our firm, our Billings auto accident attorneys will immediately get to work investigating the cause of your accident. We often work with accident reconstruction experts to develop our clients' cases for negotiations and trial. This reflects our commitment to getting the most out of our clients' claims as well as our attorneys' skill with the presentation of evidence on disputed issues of fact.

Is Montana a No-Fault State?

Montana is not a no-fault state, it is instead an at-fault state. So, when an accident is caused by another driver's negligence, that driver is liable for the injured party's damages. This includes any pain and suffering, lost wages or other economic losses resulting from the crash.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Montana traffic accidents are sometimes violent incidents that can inflict significant pain and suffering on Montana residents. Although some car accidents only result in minor damage to individuals' vehicles, others are so severe that they claim drivers and passengers' lives. There are more than a few ways that individuals may suffer harm during car accidents. The compensation that can be sought through personal injury litigation may differ as well.

Head, Back, & Neck Injuries

Head, back and neck injuries are some of the most common physical harms that individuals can suffer when they are involved in car accidents. Whiplash, or the jerking of the spine in opposite directions, can cause individuals to endure pain in minor cases and paralysis in major cases. Individuals whose heads hit their vehicles' dashboards, windows or other hard surfaces can suffer concussions and traumatic brain injuries from their involvement in vehicle collisions.

Chest & Torso Injuries

Chest and torso injuries are also common during automobile crashes. Although seatbelts are designed to hold people in their seats when their cars in are accidents those belts can crush individuals' bodies as they restrain the riders' movements. Bruising, broken bones and even cardiac arrest can result when a victim's torso is hurt in a vehicle crash.

Emotional Trauma

While victims may also suffer serious injuries to limbs, organs, skin and other body parts during a vehicle collision, another major factor is the emotional trauma that can take place after an accident. This emotional harm may be debilitating for the victim or prevent the victim from leading life as it was before the accident.

Many car accident victims seek compensation for their losses through the pursuit of civil damages. Once they have identified the parties responsible for their injuries they may be able to sue them to impose liability. Getting more information about options after car accidents can be useful.

Call (406) 215-4735 for Advice About Car Accident Claims

Contact our car accident lawyers in Billings if you need advice about your right to full compensation for auto accident injuries anywhere in the state of Montana. We offer free consultations, and we only collect an attorney's fee if we recover damages for you through settlement or at trial. Especially in cases resulting in permanent, disabling, or fatal injuries, our firm's car accident clients benefit from our ability to advance the expenses involved in proving your claims through experts. In any case involving automotive product defects, disputed injuries, or negligent highway design or maintenance, much of your case will need the support of forensic experts.

Find out more about our approach to client service. Contact Edwards & Culver in Billings for a free consultation with an outstanding trial lawyer. Call (406) 215-4735 today!​​​​​​


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