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Great Falls Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in Great Falls, MT, you need an Advocate on your side.

A Great Falls Car Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case

Car crashes can wreak havoc on their victims physically, emotionally, and financially. After an automobile accident, it’s normal to feel anxious, depressed, angry, or confused about what to do next. It’s important to know, however, that you are not alone.

The experienced attorneys at The Advocates personal injury law firm have been helping injured motorists for more than 30 years. We understand the struggles you’re facing, from ongoing pain to steep medical bills. Our team will be by your side throughout the entire claims process, fighting to get you fair compensation.

At The Advocates, we’re more than personal injury attorneys—we’re Montanans just like you. We don’t just give legal advice and representation; we’ll be your listening ear, helping hand, and biggest advocate.

Whether you’ve been injured in a rear-end fender-bender or a head-on collision with a drunk driver, you and your case matter to us. Contact us today for a free consultation and to get started on the road to recovery.

The Next Steps in Your Montana Car Accident Case

Injury

Immediately after your accident, check for injuries

Hire Attorney

Contact The Advocates as soon as possible to begin the road to recovery

Treatment

Seek medical treatment as soon as you can

Property Damage

Get the damage on your car assessed and fixed

Treatment Completed

Once you’ve completed treatment, your attorney will compile your medical records

Demand

Your Advocate will send a demand letter to the other party

Frequently Asked Questions

Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex.
Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.

You will pay nothing out-of-pocket when you hire an Advocate.

Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees.

Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. We don’t get paid unless we win your case and you receive a settlement.

For more information on how settlements and payment work, please see our contingency fee information page.

The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.

Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.

In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.

When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.

In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.

A Team of Car Accident Professionals Assigned to Your Case 

For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you. 
We can help you:

  • Understand the claims process
  • Investigate your accident
  • Build your case
  • Negotiate with insurance adjusters

We only get paid if we win your case!


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Montana Car Accident Statistics


Where are car accidents most likely to occur?

  • The Montana counties with the highest number of car accident fatalities are Missoula, Yellowstone, and Flathead counties. 
  • Cascade County tied with Jefferson County for fourth-most fatal auto accidents in 2021.
  • 10th Avenue in Great Falls is notorious for its high number of car accidents.
  • Urban and rural roads have similar numbers of car accidents, but accidents in rural areas are far more likely to be fatal.

Montana state car accident statistics  

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Close-up Of Woman Typing Text Message On Mobile Phone while driving

Common causes of Great Falls car accidents

  • Impaired driving: Montana has one of the highest drunk driving fatality rates in the nation.
  • Distracted driving: Montana is the only state in the country with no texting and driving ban.
  • Adverse weather conditions: Snow, ice, and fog can create dangerous driving conditions.
  • Animals on the roadway: Montana has hundreds of thousands of deer that can act as road hazards, especially in rural areas.

Common car accident injuries 

Depending on the nature of your accident, auto accident injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common vehicle collision injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken bones and teeth
  • Whiplash
  • Lacerations and bruising

Montana Traffic Laws


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What is considered “distracted driving” under Montana law?

According to MDT, distracted driving is classified as any non-driving activity that has the potential to distract a driver from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Cell phone use 
  • Eating 
  • Putting on makeup
  • Adjusting the music
  • Looking at maps

The state of Montana is currently the only state in the country that does not have statewide distracted driving laws of some kind. However, many cities have enacted their own ordinances regarding using mobile devices while driving, including Great Falls.

What are Montana’s penalties for impaired driving?

A driver who is caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs faces serious consequences. Depending on the substances the driver used, the level of their intoxication, and who else was in the car, a first-time offender may face:

  • Jail time of up to one year
  • Minimum fines of $600 (can be more than $2,000)
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Administrative and court fees
  • Required ignition interlock

Repeat offenders or those who injure or kill someone in a drunk driving accident may face as many as 30 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

Drivers are charged with a DUI when their blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher (5 ng/ml for THC).

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Insurance paperwork

What damages can I seek in a Great Falls car accident case?

Every accident claim is different—there is no way to accurately gauge how much a case is worth without knowing the factual details and circumstances of the accident.

As a general guideline, some commonly sought personal injury damages are listed below:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and loss of future earnings
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial expenses in the case of wrongful death

The best way to know how much your case is worth is to speak with a personal injury attorney. The Great Falls Advocates offer free consultations to help you determine whether you have a valid case.

What is the statute of limitations for car accidents in Great Falls?

Every personal injury case is subject to a statute of limitations. This is a time limit for filing a claim; after time is up, the plaintiff loses their ability to file.

In Montana, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally 3 years. Various factors may shorten or lengthen the amount of time you have to file, so it’s important to speak to a Montana personal injury lawyer as soon as you believe you have a case. They will be able to let you know how much time you have to file.

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When Should I Hire a Great Falls Personal Injury Attorney?


If your motor vehicle accident did not result in serious injuries, you may not need legal representation. If, however, you’re dealing with physical injuries, property damage, and/or missed work, it’s a good idea to contact an accident lawyer.

The at-fault party’s insurance company will likely try to avoid offering you the compensation you deserve. They may try to claim that your injuries are not serious or that you were at fault for your accident. These multi-million dollar corporations will stop at nothing to keep you from obtaining a fair settlement.

The Advocates have years of experience dealing with insurance providers, so we know how to negotiate and litigate to get you fair compensation. We will build your case, go toe-to-toe with adjusters, and take your case to court if necessary. 

Contact our Great Falls law office today for a free initial consultation. You deserve an attorney who will fight for you and your family. You deserve an Advocate.

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