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Auto Accident Lawyers in Great Falls, Montana

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Car WreckAuto accidents frequently occur on Montana's streets and highways. Statistics demonstrate that the State of Montana has consistently ranked among the states with the highest highway fatality rates in the United States.

A recent study based on fatality rates, traffic violation data, and incidents of drunk driving ranked Montana at the bottom of the nation in terms of driver safety. Whether you are injured by a drunk driver or a distracted driver, it is critical that you consult an experienced car accident attorney to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

Call us today at (406) 233-1302!

Trust a Firm With Over 100 Years of Experience

The attorneys Hoyt & Blewett PLLC have more than 100 years of combined experience in handling car accident claims. We've handled numerous types of vehicle accidents, including rollover vehicle accidents, truck and tractor-trailer accidents, head-on collisions, accidents caused by drunk drivers, cases involving defective and unsafe automobiles, and multiple vehicle highway accidents.

Our litigation efforts and advocacy have also resulted in safety improvements and the installation of signage and traffic control devised to protect the public from dangerous intersections and other safety hazards on the road. In other words, Hoyt & Blewett PLLC genuinely cares about our community.

Our firm has obtained numerous substantial jury verdicts in cases involving car accidents, including:

  • Tacke v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. ~ $3,500,000.00
  • Bumgarner v. Farmers Union Mutual Ins. ~ $3,202,000.00
  • Messick/Bowman v. Patrol Helicopters ~ $2,505,000.00
  • Taylor v. Wurz and Rimrock Colony ~ $1,033,470.29
  • Jenkins v. All Nation Ins. Co. ~ $650,000.00
  • Tucker v. Farmers Insurance ~ $516,000.00

For the full list of our firm’s jury verdicts, click here.

Our Firm Is Prepared to Take Insurance Companies to Trial

Auto insurance companies know which lawyers in Montana are willing and prepared to proceed to trial to obtain fair compensation for their injured clients and which lawyers are willing to settle claims at a discounted amount to avoid trial. In order to ensure that you obtain the compensation you deserve, it is critical to obtain a trial lawyer to handle your car accident claim who has a proven record of obtaining jury verdicts for their injured clients.

Hiring a competent trial lawyer with a strong reputation will also help expedite the resolution of your claim. The threat of litigation from an experienced trial lawyer can often compel insurance companies to promptly pay the claims of individuals who are injured in car accidents. If the insurance company knows that the lawyer for the victim is unprepared to proceed to trial, they are less likely to promptly pay the fair value of a claim.

The lawyers at Hoyt & Blewett PLLC have a well-known history in Montana of going to trial and obtaining verdicts far above the last offer of the insurance company. Many of these recoveries forced the insurance company to pay far more than the actual policy limits of their insured.

Why It's Important to Hire an Experienced Attorney

If an insurance company refuses to pay a claim, the injured person will be required to file a lawsuit. While the amount of time it takes to get to trial varies depending on the Court in which the case is filed, obtaining a trial date for a car accident claim in Montana can take more than a year from the time the lawsuit is filed.

During this time, depositions will be taken, discovery will be conducted, and the factual and legal basis for the claim will be established. Even after a jury trial, it is possible that an appeal could be filed, which would require additional time to resolve. No one can guarantee how quickly an auto accident claim will be resolved in the State of Montana, but hiring an experienced car accident attorney is the best way to obtain fair compensation in a timely manner.

Experience Negotiating with Insurance Companies

Being involved in a car accident that results in an injury may be the first time you are forced to submit a serious claim to your insurance company. Many people in Montana fret that submitting a claim to their insurance carrier will result in a premium increase. However, this should not be a cause for concern if you did not cause the accident.

For example, claims for underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage are filed under your own insurance for car accidents caused by other negligent drivers. It makes little sense for an insurance company to penalize you for accidents caused by other drivers. If you paid a premium for auto insurance and were injured in a car accident caused by another driver, there is no reason to hold off on submitting a claim under your own insurance policy.

Studies have shown most people submit a claim for a car accident just once every 18 years. Insurance companies on the other hand deal with hundreds of claims every single day. They have entire teams of adjusters, consultants, and lawyers to help them find ways to pay out the least amount of compensation for an injury claim. Hiring a lawyer experienced with car accident claims is essential if you want to maximize your settlement outcome.

Focusing on Your Health & Recovery

If you are injured in a car accident, your #1 priority should be your health. Battling with insurance companies is sure to add unwanted stress to your life and complicate the recovery process. When you hire a car accident attorney, you will be able to focus on your health, leaving the legal analysis, negotiating and paperwork to your lawyer.

Experts in Montana Car Accident Laws

The laws regarding car accidents and personal injury claims differ from state to state, and you could miss out on your opportunity for compensation if you do not follow the deadlines imposed under Montana law.

Determining who is at fault in an accident can be different in each state as well. Montana employs a modified comparative fault system, which differs from a standard comparative fault system and the no-fault system.

This can have a significant effect on your recovery and negotiating power. Retaining a car accident lawyer who is experienced in Montana will help ensure that all legal factors are fully considered early on in your case.

Explaining Your Settlement Options

Most lawsuits stemming from car accidents do not go to court; rather, they end in a settlement negotiated by both parties. An experienced lawyer who is prepared to take the insurance company to trial if they do not fully compensate you, will have far more bargaining power than a lawyer who is not prepared to go to trial.

Having an experienced lawyer’s objective opinion is important in evaluating your injury claim, as you may be inclined to accept a quick settlement to end the process when you may be entitled to much more compensation.

Investigating the Accident & Gathering Evidence

Without a lawyer, you will be forced to obtain all medical records, insurance policies, police reports, witness statements, receipts and other proof of damages in order to prove your claim. This can be complicated and time-consuming and is not recommended while recovering from a car accident injury or if you are not intimately familiar with personal injury law in Montana. Many individuals unknowingly cause irreparable damage to their car accident injury claims through their actions while they are unrepresented by legal counsel.

Contact Hoyt & Blewett today to get started on your auto accident case!

Montana's Comparative Fault Laws

woman on the phone at the scene of an accidentEven if you partially caused an accident, Montana law may still allow you to bring a negligence claim. This is called comparative fault, which is a defense that is frequently invoked by corporate defendants in personal injury claims to reduce the compensation of injured people.

Montana Code Annotated 27-1-702 allows personal injury victims to obtain compensation in cases when they are up to 50% negligent. However, your compensation will be reduced to the extent you are found liable. For instance, if you were involved in an auto accident and suffered $100,000 in total damages, and the jury finds that you were 50% liable for causing the accident and finds another party 50% liable for causing your injuries, you will only be entitled to collect 50% of your total damages.

Insurance companies often use comparative fault as a defense to avoid paying claims, even when their insureds’ clearly caused the accident. Our firm has decades of experience handling insurance disputes and overcoming the comparative negligence defenses of insurance companies to secure full compensation for our clients.

Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

Why are car accidents so prevalent in Montana? The data shows that the causes of car accidents vary significantly and can be a bit unpredictable. Although, there are a few reasons why car accidents occur that appear commonly on crash accident statistics, in Montana and throughout the United States.

Common reasons why car accidents occur include:

Injuries & Damages Associated with Car Accidents

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of severe injury and wrongful death across Montana, the U.S., and indeed the world. There is even a significant chance of moderate to severe injury in low-speed car accidents, such as rear-end accidents at stop signs or in parking lots.

Injuries reported in car accidents vary, but may include:

You can use our help to seek damages following a car accident, regardless of the type of severe injury you suffered. It is our goal to make certain you get as much compensation as possible from the liable party’s insurance company. Damages might include emergency medical care, hospitalization, lifelong rehabilitative therapy, missing wages, emotional trauma, lessened enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.

Contact Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation (406) 233-1302!

Our firm has successfully represented many individuals who have been injured in auto accidents throughout Montana. If you believe you or your loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident, please feel free to contact our Montana car accident lawyers for a free consultation.

Our Testimonials Speak For Themselves

Read what previous clients have to say about working with us!

  • “I have no hesitation in recommending him”

    Former Client

  • “Very personable and professional to deal with”

    Former Client

  • “I am extremely happy with my case.”

    Matt

  • “Hoyt and Blewett took care of this matter for me in a timely manner and were helpful all along the way”

    Josh S

  • “I would definitely seek his assistance again, should the need arise”

    Anne M

  • “A fine lawyer with an astute understanding of the rules of law”

    Former Client

  • “It was a pleasure to have Anders Blewett on my side.”

    Ryan

  • “We appreciate his responsiveness to our needs.”

    Larry

  • “Professional and caring”

    Mary Paulick

  • “His trial skills are remarkable, and his ability to communicate is unequaled”

    Former Client

  • “His ethics and honesty is tops and he brings honor to the profession by his commitment to his clients”

    Former Client

  • “It was a pleasure to work with him.”

    Former Client

  • “Drew was very helpful”

    Sara

  • “Highest character and competence.”

    Former Client

  • “Very professional and dedicated to my case”

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