Common Car Accidents Questions

Insight from a Billing Car Accident Attorney

Were you involved in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence? If so, you could seek compensation for any damages you suffered, such as medical costs or lost wages. Being involved in a car accident can be extremely frightening and life-altering, but it is important to remain calm and follow certain procedures to ensure that you have the best claim possible. Review the section below to find helpful answers on what to do after an accident and how to proceed with a claim.

I've been involved in a car accident. What now?
Gather as much information as you can in order to document helpful evidence regarding your accident. Write down the names, contact information, and insurance details of all drivers involved in the accident. Never admit fault to the other drivers involved. If there are any witnesses that saw the accident, it is advisable to obtain their contact information too.

Record the accident by taking pictures of any damages, surrounding streets, signs, or other factors that may prove your case. Also, speak with the police officers who came to the scene of the accident to get their contact information or police report number. You can also obtain this a few weeks after the accident. When you file a claim for compensation, this information will be extremely valuable.

Should I visit my doctor after being involved in an accident?
Even if you feel the injuries you sustained seem minor, it is important to get medical attention. Why? They may develop into more serious injuries over time or prove to be more severe than you realized. You should also visit a doctor to get proper documents and evidence to prove your injuries in court.

What determines who was at fault for an accident?
Often, car accidents are caused by a driver's act of negligence. Some examples of negligent driving include the following:

  • Texting or talking on the phone
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence
  • Lack of vehicle maintenance
  • Failure to signal

If your accident was caused by a similar type of negligence, it could be proven to be the other driver's fault. However, you will still need to prove that the other driver primarily caused the accident due to this negligence.

What will compensation cover?
If you believe your accident was caused by another driver reckless driving, you can seek financial compensation to cover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and even wrongful death if you lost a loved one.

What if I was involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist?
In Montana, every driver is required to hold car insurance; however, nearly 15% of motorist are uninsured. If you were involved in a car accident with a driver who has little to no car insurance, it is crucial to consult with a car accident lawyer to obtain compensation.

If you would like further information, contact Hughes Law, PLLC to speak with a knowledgeable Billings car accident attorney.