Were you involved in a car accident in Montana? Paul Ryan & Associates is ready and available to help with your lawsuit claim so that you can recover medical costs, make up for lost wages, and get compensation from the negligent driver who hit you.
Paul Ryan & Associates helps accident victims level the playing field by providing practical, usable information about the legal aspects of personal injury law and auto accident claims. You don’t have to muddle through the Montana legal system by yourself. Our team is here to guide you at each step along the way.
Chances are you will be involved in at least one car accident in your lifetime. Auto accidents are the leading cause of injury and death for drivers under the age of 34 years, and the number of people over the age of 34 years injured and killed in roadway accidents is also alarmingly high. Over 40,000 people are killed in approximately 5,000,000 motor vehicle collisions annually, many involving teen auto accidents. Just in Montana, there are about 37,000 accidents every year!
In almost all auto accidents, there’s at least one injury. That’s why car accidents are one of the top personal injury claims filed in civil courts. The economic cost of personal injuries and property damage sustained in auto accidents is staggering—over $150 billion per year. If you were hurt in a Montana car accident, call Paul Ryan & Associates today.
Car Accident Injuries – What To Do Next
The first thing you should do after a car accident:
If you are able to move, the first thing you should do after an accident is make sure you and your passengers are okay. Move as far off the roadway as possible to avoid further accidents and injuries, but stay at the scene of the accident. Driving away could have serious consequences, even if yours is the only vehicle involved. Warn oncoming traffic to be careful by activating your hazard warning lights or setting flares, and stay alert.
Exchange vital information with other drivers and witnesses.
Write down the name, phone number, license number, and insurance company and policy number for any other driver involved in the accident. Additionally, it’s smart to get names and contact information from any witnesses. Be sure to note makes, models, colors and descriptions of all vehicles involved, and take down the plate numbers, too. Write all of this down since you’ll probably have trouble remembering exact details later.
Call the police if damage exceeds $500 and/or any injuries may be involved.
If the damages exceed $500, or if an injury could be involved, call the police and have them take a report. The majority of accidents require a police report because they seldom involve damages less than $500 and the chances of injury are very high. Neck and back injuries are notorious for cropping up days and even months after the accident occurred, so remember that injuries might not be immediately apparent. If there’s any doubt, it’s probably best to go ahead and report the accident.
Interview all witnesses and record their comments.
Interview all witnesses and record their comments either at the scene of the accident or as soon as possible afterwards. It is important to do these interviews as quickly as possible because witnesses’ memories tend to fade with time, and the information you record long after the accident may not be as valuable to you as statements collected at the scene. Information gathered immediately or very soon after the accident will be much more accurate than any recalled at some later date.
Photograph the accident scene and note traffic signals.
If it’s safe, photograph the scene before moving the vehicles. If your accident occurs at an intersection with a traffic light and you’re not seriously injured, be sure to note what color the traffic light was when the collision happened. Remember to write everything down immediately or as close to the time of the accident as you can. You should also keep in mind that anything you say to anyone following the accident will be admissible and is not considered hearsay, so it is important that the information you provide is as accurate as possible.
Seek medical attention for your injuries as quickly as possible.
If treatment is delayed, the other driver may argue that it was not his or her negligent driving that caused your injury, but rather something that occurred between the time of the accident and your visit to the doctor. Then, contact an experienced and reputable auto accident lawyer as quickly as possible because there are time limits involved in filing any auto accident personal injury claims. Any delays could affect your entitlement to a lawsuit claim.
Get a copy of the police report.
Get a copy of the police report. They are typically available about 10 business days after the auto accident occurred. Review the police report to be sure that it generally coincides with your recollection of the accident. Even if it doesn’t, you will need it for your claim. Paul Ryan & Associates will be able to provide advice if the report does not coincide with your recollection.