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How To File an Injury Claim After a Bicycle Accident

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may want to get compensation for your loss from the responsible party. Knowing where to start, however, can be difficult. Although you do not have to be a lawyer to pursue a bicycle accident injury claim, it certainly helps to at least have one on your side. … Continued

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How a Montana Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

Nobody thinks they need a personal injury lawyer until they are suddenly injured in an accident. Accidents come in many shapes and forms, and no two accidents are ever the same. This is why it is important to take action immediately if you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by the negligence and recklessness of … Continued

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The Ultimate Guide to Montana Car Insurance

The Ultimate Guide to Montana Car Insurance Purchasing car insurance can be a daunting task in Montana. Insurance companies offer options ranging from varying coverage amounts to electing road-side assistance. Trying to figure out which possibilities are best for your situation can be overwhelming. Car insurance is a requirement, but nobody wants to pay too … Continued

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Will My Insurance Premium Go Up After a Motorcycle Accident?

How Will a Motorcycle Accident Affect My Car Insurance Premium? Motorcycle insurance works the same as vehicle insurance. Most likely you will simply add your motorcycle as an additional vehicle to your existing car insurance policy. You do not have to do it that way, but most companies offer discounts if you combine policies. 1. … Continued

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Montana Bicycle Laws: What You Need to Know to Safely Ride Your Bike

Montana Bicycle Laws: What You Need to Know to Safely Ride Your Bike With Spring right around the corner, more and more bicyclists will begin to appear on Montana streets and highways. No matter if you are one of these bicyclists, a pedestrian, or regularly drive a vehicle, it’s important to know the laws governing … Continued

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Top 5 Social Media Mistakes After Your Montana Personal Injury

Nowadays, it is a rare event to meet someone who does not have a Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account. In the space of a single decade, it seems the entire world has joined the online social media phenomenon. Social media is a great way to stay connected to friends and family, keep up to date … Continued

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Why You Need an Attorney After Your Montana Car Accident

Why You Need an Attorney After Your Montana Car Crash If you were recently involved in a collision, you may be asking yourself: Do I need a lawyer for my accident? The most important thing you should know is that you not only have the right to speak with an attorney before making any decisions … Continued

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Montana Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Explainer

Montana Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Explainer One of the most common injury suffered by motor vehicle victims in Montana is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A Traumatic Brain Injury is a broad category of injuries to the brain which can cause damage to a variety of regions, such as those controlling vision, hearing, or even … Continued

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How to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Montana

How to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Montana Being in an accident can be a traumatic experience for everyone involved. But when it comes to motorcycle crashes, this type of collision can have the most devastating effects. Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be fatally injured in a crash than passenger car occupants, … Continued

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Montana Whiplash: 5 Facts You Should Know 

Did you know that more than 3 million people are injured in accidents each year in the U.S.? While some injuries are more severe than others, even seemingly minor strains such as whiplash can have long-lasting effects if left untreated. Whiplash, also known as a neck, shoulder or back sprain, is one of the most … Continued

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What Should I Do If I Hit A Pedestrian With My Car?

Stop your car, and stay at the scene of the accident Hitting a person with your vehicle is treated like any other auto accident at first. Always stop driving as soon as you realize you have hit someone. It is hard to claim that the accident was the pedestrian’s fault if you do not even … Continued

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Will Insurance Cover Me if I Was Hit By a Car?

It can be dangerous walking down the street, especially in high traffic areas with little to no pedestrian walking space. If you were a pedestrian hit by a car and you were injured, insurance should cover your medical expenses in one way or another. 1. Your Own Auto Insurance If you also drive when you … Continued

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How Can an Attorney Help Me with My Medical Bills?

You are going to need to go to the doctor before you can take your case to court. The doctor, the doctor’s notes, and the doctor’s bills are some most important pieces of evidence you will need to prove that you were injured in the accident. That means that you must pay your medical expenses … Continued

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How Do You Prove Negligence After a Car Crash in Montana?

How Do You Determine Auto Accident Negligence? Law students spend a large portion of the first year of law school learning about all sorts of different torts intentional or otherwise. However, in practice, most cases of personal injury are based on negligence. Common law negligence has evolved over the centuries to include four elements. 1. … Continued

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How Do You Treat Whiplash After An Auto Accident?

How Do You Treat Whiplash? Have you heard the phrase, “Your internet search is not a replacement for my medical degree?” This article is intended to be a starting point for whiplash treatment. The letters after my name above do not qualify me to give medical advice. I am not a medical doctor. I am … Continued

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What Is the Difference Between First-Party and Third-Party Insurance Claims?

After an auto accident who pays for the damages? The short answer is the insurance company, but which one: theirs or yours? That depends on who was at fault and with whom you file a claim. First-party insurance claims are filed with your insurance, whereas third-party insurance claims are filed with the other driver’s insurance. … Continued

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The Essential Guide to Post Concussion Syndrome

The Essential Guide to Post Concussion Syndrome One of the least understood disorders that affects millions of Americans each year is post concussion syndrome. Post concussion syndrome victims frequently experience the debilitating symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and depression. Victims can expect symptoms to persist for weeks or even months at a time. For most … Continued

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Guide to Motorcycle Rides in Montana

Guide to Motorcycle Rides in Montana Montana is a well-known destination for motorcycle riders.  What better way to experience “big sky country” than on a motorcycle?  From the eastern prairies and farmlands to the mountainous foothills and river valleys, Montana is a beautiful place to behold!  A survey during the summer tourism season found that … Continued

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Montana Hit and Run Accident Lawyer

Recovering Losses After a Montana Hit-and-Run Accident Every 45 seconds a hit and run occurs somewhere in the United States. Many hit-and-runs occur between midnight and 4 a.m., when they are 5 times more likely. They can also happen in broad daylight. At 6:30 in the morning of March third of this year, tragically a … Continued

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How To File a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit

How To File an Injury Claim After a Bicycle Accident If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may want to get compensation for your loss from the responsible party. Knowing where to start, however, can be difficult. Although you do not have to be a lawyer to pursue a bicycle accident injury … Continued

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Tips to Avoid Endangering First Responders During Traffic Stops

Tips to Avoid Endangering First Responders During Traffic Stops In the late evening of November 18, 2016, Utah State Trooper Eric Ellsworth was sent to protect passing vehicles from a downed power line on State Road 13 in Northern Utah. After arriving at the scene, Trooper Ellsworth directed traffic away from the downed power lines. … Continued

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Essential Items for Your Winter Safety Kit

Essential Items for Your Montana Winter Safety Kit Winter driving comes with all sorts of hazards. Even if you plan to stay close to civilization during the long winter months in Montana, it pays to be prepared in case of sudden weather changes or unexpected vehicle problems. The best advice The Advocates can give is … Continued

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6 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid in Your Injury Case

Just to be clear, this is a list of don’ts. Things not to do if you have been in an accident and are thinking you might have a personal injury claim. The Internet is public and forever. Insurance companies and opposing parties can and will use your social media posts, photos, and comments against you. … Continued

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Concussion or Brain Injury From a Car Accident?

Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion A brain injury or concussion in a car accident is considered a closed head injury. A closed head injury is a brain injury that is damaging to the brain but not the skull or dura, which helps protect the brain and spinal cord. Closed head injuries can … Continued

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Slip and Fall Negligence in Montana Explained

How to Determine Negligence in a Montana Slip and Fall Case? Law students spend a large portion of the first year of law school learning about all sorts of different torts intentional or otherwise. However, in practice, most cases of personal injury are based on negligence. Common law negligence has evolved over the centuries to … Continued

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Montana Snowplow Safety Tips

Montana Snowplow Safety Tips Winter is upon us, and so is the snow. Snowplows will be out to make the roads safe, but driving while they’re out means following basic snowplow safety. Follow our tips to remain safe around them this winter. Do Not Pass a Snowplow Snowplows typically operate well below the posted speed … Continued

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Dog-Bite Injury Checklist

Montana Dog-Bite Injury Checklist If you are worried about potentially being attacked by a dog or domestic animal in Montana, this checklist from The Advocates can help you stay safe. Dog-Bite Injury Checklist: 1. Get Yourself to a Place of Safety If you have been attacked by a dog, your first priority should be to … Continued

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Motorcycle Helmet: Do I Actually Need One?

I am a motorcycle accident lawyer, and to me whether or not you should wear a motorcycle helmet is a silly question. Of course you need a helmet. Your body is hurtling down the highway at 80 miles an hour with nothing between your skull and the pavement. It is a litigator’s nightmare. However, lawmakers … Continued

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Car Accidents Caused by Animals: How to Avoid Hitting an Animal

Animal-Related Car Accidents: How to Avoid Hitting an Animal As the temperature begins to drop, wildlife will inevitably venture closer and closer to roads and human civilization. Such familiarity means that deer, moose, and elk will be crossing the road, and drivers need to be prepared to avoid crashing into our animal friends. Car accidents … Continued

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Slip and Fall Accident Know If You Have a Case

People fall down. It happens. Gravity is a burden everyone faces on a daily basis. Slip and fall accidents can not only cause you long-term pain, they can interrupt your life and damage your financial well-being. Most people are unsure of what to do after suffering a slip and fall accident. It’s normal to have … Continued

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Winter Driving Tips for Montana Roads

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 17 percent of vehicle crashes occur during winter conditions. However, during a Montana snowstorm it can feel like every single turn of the steering wheel might result in an accident. The Advocates can help you if you have been injured in a car accident, but … Continued

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What to Do After an Accident: Top 5 Things to Do Immediately

Nobody expects to be in an accident when they travel in a car. Yet, every day, millions of people all throughout the United States are hurt in car accidents, and few are prepared for the aftermath. Car accidents happen in the flash of an instant and can be jarring events, leaving even the hardiest of … Continued

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What to Do if Hit by an Unlicensed or Underage Driver

If you have the bad luck to be hit by an underage driver, do not despair. Treat the accident as you would any other accident, and let the consequences fall where they may for the young person. Always Report an Accident with an Underage Driver Any time you are in an accident, report it to … Continued

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Walkabout: The Ultimate Guide to Pedestrian Laws in Montana

Everyone at some point in their life becomes a pedestrian. No matter if you stroll, jog, run, sprint, or just casually amble, there’s no escaping the rules, responsibilities, and not to mention the risks that come with being a pedestrian in the great state of Montana. Don’t fret. Montana has relatively common sense right-of-way laws … Continued

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Why Is It Important to File an Accident Report with Police?

If you have recently been in a car accident you may be wondering how many people you have to tell and if you should file an accident report. While you may get away with keeping the incident from your spouse, you cannot really get away with keeping it from everyone. You should always call the … Continued

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Top 5 Most Dangerous Car Accidents

While no two car accidents are ever the same, some are more deadly than others. Certain factors determine the severity of a particular car accident. The speed of the impact. The make and models of the vehicles involved. Whether or not the passengers were wearing seat belts. All of these factors contribute to the most … Continued

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Winter Vehicle Prep Checklist

At The Advocates we can help if you have been injured in a car accident, but we would all feel better if everyone stayed safe this winter. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one the best things you can do to avoid an accident before you even back out of your driveway is … Continued