Whether you’re driving in Missoula or outside of the city, the risk of being the victim of a car accident that wasn’t your fault is everywhere. We routinely see car accidents in town and on Interstate 90, U.S. Route 93, U.S. Route 12, Montana Highway 200 and dangerous county roads throughout the area. Whether you were injured by the carelessness and negligence of somebody else on I-90 or a commercial or residential street, serious injuries can be suffered. Your daily life can be turned upside down, and it might even changed permanently. You’ll be in need of an experienced, respected and successful Missoula attorney to represent you who has extensive knowledge of Montana car accident law and the rules of evidence governing it.
The High Cost of Montana Car Accidents
A serious car accident injury can result in emergency room care, surgery, hospitalization and rehab. The consequences of all of that often results in substantial physical, financial and emotional distress. Many victims can’t return to their jobs right away, while others find it impossible to do so. It’s not just you who might suffer. Your family will suffer too.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Multiple parts of a victim’s body can be injured in a car crash. Here are some of the more common injuries that our car accident lawyers at Quirk Accident & Injury Attorneys, APC see:
- Fractures: Serious fractures often require surgery in order to heal properly.
- Neck and Back Injuries: Many of these types of injuries are known as soft tissue injuries that typically require six weeks or two months or more of treatment. More serious neck and back injuries might involve spinal disc displacement or herniation with damage to spinal nerves. Surgery might be warranted.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: These injuries might be a concussion that resolves in a week or so, or they might be more serious and require a long course of medical care. They might even involve a permanent cognitive deficit, a vegetative state, a coma and premature death.
- Joint Injuries: Torn cartilage, ligaments or tendons are often a direct result of car crashes. Damage to the structure of shoulders and knees requiring surgery isn’t out of the ordinary.
- Lacerations: The chances of large and deep lacerations increase drastically when a victim wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Permanent disfigurement can result, even after surgery.
What to Do After Being Injured in a Car Crash
After being seriously injured in a car crash, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to survey the scene and the vehicles or take contact information from witnesses. That’s what police officers are for, and that’s why the most important thing that you can do is to contact emergency services and ask that both police and paramedics be dispatched to the accident scene. An investigating police officer can assess the scene, the damage to the vehicles and obtain any occurrence witness statements and contact information. Paramedics can assess your condition, stabilize you and transport you to a nearby emergency room. Reports from police, paramedics and emergency room personnel are pivotal in any personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Contact Us Right Away
After you leave the hospital, contact us here at Quirk Accident & Injury Attorneys, APC, and we’ll be pleased to provide you with a free consultation and case review. Upon retaining us, our objective will be to obtain the maximum settlement or award that you deserve. It doesn’t cost accident victims a single penny to retain us to represent them either. If we agree to take a case, we take it on a contingency fee basis. That means we’re paid a percentage of any sums that we derive for a client by a settlement or an award. If there’s no settlement or award, we don’t get paid.
Never give any type of a written or recorded statement to an opposing insurance company. Montana law doesn’t require you to do that. In one way or another, that opposing insurance company will use your own words against you in the future in attempting to attack your credibility and devalue your claim. Speak confidentially with Quirk Accident & Injury Attorneys, APC. We want to help you. Remember that it’s our objective to maximize any proceeds that we obtain for you whether by settlement or an award.