Car Accident Lawyer
How large of a settlement should I expect?
No two accidents are the same, and neither are our clients. It is our mission as Advocates to do whatever possible to make your life whole again. To accomplish this, we will demand full compensation for any losses and expenses you have burdened with because of your accident. This may include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy bills
- Chiropractic treatments
- Personal recovery time
- Childcare costs
We know better than most how quickly medical bills can pile up and leave you buried beneath a mountain of debt. If you hire The Advocates, we will fight every day to restore your life to what it was before your accident. We will help set you upon the road to recovery. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. Call 206-452-4200!
What are the benefits of hiring an attorney to represent my car accident claim?
Multiple studies have shown that hiring an attorney to represent your car accident claim can have a profound impact on the potential settlement you receive. Our attorneys have decades of experience negotiating fair settlements with insurance adjusters and will argue your case before a judge and jury if required. The staff of The Advocates Law are experts at obtaining comprehensive medical records, ensuring your medical bills are paid and do not fall into collections, and we can even help you get into a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired.
To be honest, hiring an attorney is one of the best decisions you can make for your case and can potentially increase the settlement you receive exponentially.
How long does it take to settle a car accident claim?
Just as no two accidents are the same, neither are two car accident cases. If you are no longer treating your injures and your case settles out of court then you can expect everything to be concluded within a 4-to-12-month range. But if your case ends up requiring a lawsuit to be filed, then your claim may not settle for years. The discovery phase alone can go on for 6 to 12 months. Luckily, most personal injury cases do not go to trial.
Why should I hire an injury attorney?
Actually, hiring an attorney is in your best interests. Statistics have proven that hiring an attorney to represent you after an accident will drastically increase the amount of your recovery. Our attorneys have decades of experience negotiating with insurance companies and navigating the arcane maze required to settle a case. Contact The Advocates today for a free evaluation of your case.
Will I have to go to court?
You will not have to appear in court unless your case goes into litigation. Since the majority of cases settle before going to litigation, it’s highly likely you will never see a courtroom. However, if your case does go to trial, our attorneys have decades of experience arguing cases before judges and juries.
Free Consultations / Contingency
The Advocates Law offers free consultations. This includes phone calls, chats (operated through our website) email, etc. When you call The Advocates Law Firm, you can speak with an attorney without delay. This differs from other personal injury law firms where they will simply pencil you in for an appointment. With The Advocates Law Firm, an attorney will give you advice and help review your case on the spot and without delay. We are here to help.
The Advocates Law also works on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not have to pay an attorney’s fee unless your case is successfully resolved. We only get paid if you do.
Car Accident Settlements and Verdicts
An automobile accident is a serious matter. Car accidents can produce untold amounts of stress, trauma, and even life-threatening injuries. Forbes recently reported that the average person would file an insurance claim for a collision once every 17.9 years. According to these numbers, the average driver can expect to suffer 3 to 4 accidents during their lifetime or varying severity. For most people, a car accident is not a matter of if, but when.
Unfortunately, Montana is not exempt from these harrowing statistics. Car crash victims often face considerable costs following their accident, missed time from work, and irreparable damage to their routine and lifestyle. Don’t worry! The Advocates Law Firm is here to help. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, our attorneys will help make your life whole again.
Car Accident Statistics in Montana
Every year, thousands of people in Montana are involved in life-changing accidents. Montana has some frightening statistics with regard to motor vehicle crashes. For example, in Montana, around 27% of crashes produced injuries in 2015. Furthermore, the same report shows that 26% of accidents resulted in some form of damage. The range of minor to severe injuries is a serious problem for those involved.
Apart from injuries, Montana’s fatality statistics are troubling as well. In 2014, 51% of motor vehicle deaths nationally occurred in rural areas. This percentage was 93% in the state of Montana. According to the Billings Gazette, the number of highway fatalities jumped 17% in 2015. In the same article of the Billings Gazette, Mike Tooley, the director of Montana’s Department of Transportation summarizes three main factors contributing to these statistics, “colossal lack of seat belt use,” “folks are speeding,” and alcohol use. Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports Montana has the third highest proportion (70%) compared to other states of deaths in single-vehicle crashes.
In recent years, Montana has been rated as one of the most dangerous states for drivers. This rating is, in part, due to the high number of drunk drivers. In 2014, according to IIHS, Montana had the highest estimated percentage (49%) of fatally injured drivers with blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 (the number considered alcohol-impaired by law). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 1.9% of people report driving after drinking too much nationally. This number is 3.4% in Montana. Fortunately, concerted efforts have lowered the rates of drunk driving and alcohol-involved crashes in recent years.
How Would A Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Our attorneys have worked with hundreds of cases similar to your own. The Advocates know the best way to help you receive the fairest possible settlement.
The Advocates can help guide you through the challenging maze of claims and procedures required to resolve your case. Some of these obstacles include the bureaucracy of insurance companies, complicated legal systems, convoluted medical terms, and the mountains of paperwork needed to reach a settlement.
What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
Our attorneys are experienced in the types of cases they receive. Because of this, our attorneys can tell you from the beginning whether hiring an attorney is the best solution. If there is a small likelihood that you will win your case, you can avoid the expense, stress, and hassle of preparing for litigation.
Because every case is different, determining an ultimate level of fair compensation can be challenging. The value of your case depends mainly on the unique details of your case. Each car accident case is considered individually, and multiple factors are considered including a person’s suffering, pain, etc.
Statute of Limitations
The Statute of Limitations is the duration of time a car accident victim has to file a legal claim. During this time, you must act to retrieve any and all lost compensation for injuries, medical bills, etc. In the state of Montana, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is just three years. This means any involvement in an accident (including drunk driving, head-on collisions, running a red light, etc.) has a deadline of three years for the case to be filed.