Car Crash Lawyers Doing Good?

car-crash-victimsBeing a lawyer, I hear a lot of jokes about lawyers and I enjoy most of them.  Lawyers need to have a sense of humor.  However, sometimes we forget that aside from all the joking and criticism, there are many lawyers who do a lot of good.  As a group in a local community, lawyers donate hundreds of hours of legal time to all sorts of pro bona activities and causes.

Local bar associations promote many worthwhile causes such as free legal help for abused children and legal education for young people. Along with the publicized pro bono assistance of attorneys, there is a great deal of help and countless hours of time provided to people in need that is only known and recognized by the individual person and the lawyer.  So while lawyers deserve their fair share of criticism, the public may not be aware that there are many lawyers who go about quietly helping people in need for free without any fanfare or publicity.

Below is a link to an article I enjoyed about a Michigan car accident law firm that offered scholarships to several young people involved in serious car crashes.  The participants wrote essays on their efforts to overcome life-changing injuries from automobile accidents and their efforts to get an education.  This article was published in PRWeb and can be read by clicking the link below.

Motorcycle Accidents

motorcycle-accident-attorneyJust a quick reminder that the weather is getting nicer and the motorcycle riders are out in force.  It’s a great time to enjoy the out of doors but please be careful.

Every year in the spring and summer months the number of motorcycle accidents increases substantially.   Many injuries and deaths could be prevented if both motorcycle drivers and car drivers were more cautious and more alert in their driving.

Below is a link to another report by the state police about a fatal motorcycle accident.  Even though the law may not require it, wearing a helmet may help prevent serious or fatal injuries.

Car Accidents 23 Times More Likely While Texting

cell-phoneTexting while Driving Causes Car Accidents.

A recent article from CBS New York claimed you are 23 times more likely to be in a car accident if you are texting while driving.  Whether or not the statistic is totally accurate, there is no question that texting while driving is a dangerous hazard.  It’s obvious that a driver’s attention cannot be fully directed at her/his driving while trying to read or create a text.

The article went on to cite statistics that 1.6 million accidents are attributed to texting while driving in addition to 11 teen deaths a day.  That is startling.

The New York Institute of Technology utilized a driving simulator to instruct students on the dangers of texting while driving.  The simulator was effective in helping students understand that anything less than 100% concentration on driving is dangerous.  You can read this interesting article in full by clicking the link below.

Boy Saves Mother in Car Accident

GaryEleven Year Old Saves Mother in Car Accident

Once in a while, something good comes out of a car accident. We’ve probably all read inspirational stories about a hero who helped save the life of a person involved in an accident. Most of the time, the hero is an adult who exhibits extraordinary bravery or skill in helping another.

The news report below describes how an eleven year old boy helped save his mother’s life after their jeep vehicle went down an embankment and overturned in a creek of water. The young boy was able to crawl out and go for help.

After reading this article, the thought struck me that it might be wise to talk with children occasionally about what they could or should do if they or someone else is involved in an accident. We never know when this information could help save a life.
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Automobile Accidents-The No. 1 Cause of Death for Children?

car-accidentDid You Know that Automobile Accidents are the No. 1 Cause of Death for Children?

According to the article cited below, the number one cause of death to children between the ages of 1 and 12 is automobile accidents.  I found that surprising but have no reason to doubt its accuracy.

There is no question that a lot of children are either killed or seriously injured in car accidents.  Obviously, we can’t totally eliminate these accidents but one of the most important things we can do is choose the proper seat restraint device for the child.  You can read more of the details in the article below but the main point is to get a car seat that is appropriate for the age and size of the child. ( — March 14, 2013) Baton Rouge, LA — We never want to think that this could happen to any of our children. We need to look at the number one killer of children more seriously and that is car accidents. What can we do to minimize these tragic deaths?

The first step is choosing the right car seat. You need to pick out for safety the right size and style car seat for your child’s height and weight. Once you pick out the best one then you need to make sure that you properly install the seat in your car. This will give your children the best protection in case you get in one of these automobile accidents.

Can the Right Injury Attorney Make a Difference in Your Case?

GaryRecently, Gary Montgomery settled a personal injury case in Boise for just under $50,000. The ironic thing is that the first lawyer the client went to told her she’d never get much of anything because insurance companies just didn’t pay for her type of injury. So what makes the difference in attorneys.

One thing is experience and the other is determination. Some injury attorneys are looking for a quick settlement so they can grab their fee and be done. Some cases, however, require lots of hard work. Knowing how the insurance adjusters think and what pushes their buttons also helps to get a good insurance settlement.

Below is a link to another pedestrian injury case where the first lawyer rejected the case and told the client they wouldn’t get anything. A second more experienced attorney reviewed the case, accepted it and ended up getting a settlement for almost $500,000. As you can see, getting the right attorney does make a difference. Check out the story below:

Car Accident Claims & Your Medical Bills

GaryHow do your medical bills get paid when you are injured in a car or truck accident? A lot of people have the misconception that the nsurance company for the person at fault in the accident will automatically step up and begin paying your medical expenses. Unfortunately, this rarely happens and then they are surprised when they start getting collection calls from their medical care providers.

So who does pay fo ryour bills? Your own insurance likely has coverage called med pay which will pay (regardless of fault) up to a certain dollar limit. This is usually in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. If your medical expenses are much higher than this, then you have to rely on the other person’s insurance. However, liability insurance carriers don’t just start making payments. They require a full and final settlement of the case before they pay out any money. Your injuries may not have resolved and you may not be ready for a final settlement. sometimes it can take months or even years to finalize.

So what do you do in the meantime? If you or your accident attorney, contact the various care providers and tell them you are working on an injury claim and will keep them posted, most of them are willing to work with you. They may require you to make a small monthly payment of some amount, but they will work with you. The important thing is to keep them udated and informed about your case and your progress. Then when you finally get a settlement, you need to make certain they are paid.

We are happy to answer any of your questions about injury or accident claims. Give us a call today – its always free. (208) 378-8882

Idaho Accidents Caused by Texting

wrongful-deathThe following news article describes a tragedy occurring all too often. “Texting while driving is the suspected cause of a Monday crash . . . which led to the death of Jennifer Holloman of Benton Harbor, state police reported. Holloman, 32, was driving north on Hennesey Road at about 1:20 p.m. when she lost control of the car. The car rolled over, and Holloman was ejected. She was declared dead at a Kalamazoo hospital.” Read More

It is just common sense that inattention to driving is a common cause of accidents. Texting is a gross form of inattention, or at least, attention to something else besides driving. Personal injury attorneys routinely investigate whether the personal at fault in an accident was using their cell phone to call or for texting purposes. There is little question that if they were, then they are negligent in the operation of their vehicle.

Some incidents of texting may even lead to a claim for punitive damages if the conduct was extreme or grossly negligent under the circumstances of the case.

If you’ve been injured by a driver who was testing or talking on a cell phone, contact the injury attorneys at Montgomery Law. They have more than 30 years of experience dealing with Idaho accident cases. You can talk to them free and decide if you have a case and what your case may be worth. Call anytime (208) 378-8882.

Construction Accident Help (208) 378-8882

Far too many people are seriously injured or lose their lives from construction accidents.  Even though construction companies are suppose to use the utmost care around dangerous sites, thousands of construction workers experience injuries on construction sites every year.  Reported Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows that construction workers experience more than 100,000 injuries every year. If you, or someone you know, have been hurt on a building site, get in touch with a knowledgeable Idaho construction accident lawyer to help safeguard your legal rights.

A construction accident can happen due to number of unsafe conditions. Construction companies are supposed to take precautions with their staff, such as using fall safeguards. Nonetheless, OSHA reports that about 100 construction worker deaths are brought on every year because of fall injuries and thousands more are injured because of falls. Construction companies are supposed to use devices such as guardrail protection and devices for individual fall arrest. Managed access areas can also be used to help avoid falls. Workers should also be carefully educated in how to avoid falls and how to utilize fall safety systems. Other construction accidents are caused by construction equipment that is faulty, such as scaffolds, ladders, safety harnesses and defective equipment.

Because construction accidents can often be complicated and usually entail multiple types of claims, it is very important to get the help of a qualified Idaho construction accident lawyer. Your attorney can describe the connection between a Workers’ Compensation claim, disability claim and tort action. The outcome of a Workers’ Compensation claim or a disability claim may affect your ability to recover damages under a tort action. Even though you may be able to compensation for lost wages or a lump sum payment from Workers’ Compensation, you may also be able to make an additional tort claim against a person or company party that was involved in your accident that was not your employer, such as a contractor or a product manufacturer.

A good construction law attorney can also help you with proving your case. He or she will carry out a detailed investigation to prove that the accountable party acted in a negligent way and caused your injury. He or she may also retain the services of an expert witness that can expalin how the construction company violated OSHA guidelines or how a faulty construction design or product contributed to the accident. Your attorney will then assess your claim to make sure that you obtain the maximum settlement. You are entitled to receive damages such as:

  • Lost income
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of the enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of services
  • Pain and suffering

If you have been injured on the job or at a construction site, contact an experienced Idaho construction accident lawyer for help. The Lawyers at Montgomery Law will review your case for Free. Call Now (208) 378-8882

Answers to Common Questions About Idaho Personal Injury Claims

wrongful-deathQuestion: If I am injured as a passenger in a car driven by a family member, is there insurance coverage to help pay my medical bills?

Answer: In Idaho there are several types of insurance coverage that may help to pay your medical bills. The first one is generally called med pay coverage. If the family member has med pay coverage on the vehicle, then it should pay for your medical bills up to a certain limit, typically $5,000 to $10,000. This insurance is usually available regardless of who was at fault in the accident.

In addition to med pay coverage, the family member is required by law to carry at minimum of $25,000 in liability insurance. If the family member was negligent or careless in the operation of their vehicle, and you were injured due to the negligence, then you should be entitled to collect insurance for your injuries. Insurance companies won’t pay you automatically so you may need a good Idaho injury attorney lawyer to assist you.

Pursuing a claim against a family member can become awkward but if you visit with them and explain you are not going after them individually but you do need help from their insurance to pay your medical bills, it helps minimize friction or hard feelings. This is something an experienced Idaho personally injury attorney can work with you on.

In addition, you should always check out your own health insurance to see if it will provide coverage for medical bills. If your health insurance does pay for some or all of your medical bills, then they will likely seek to be reimbursed by the family member’s liability insurance company. This is called subrogation and is a common practice among insurance companies.

Finally, if you are eligible for medicare or some other government assistance, then it is wise to check out those resources as well.

An experienced injury attorney in Idaho can go through the various options with you to make certain you’ve explored all possible resources in getting your medical bills paid and obtaining the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Call Montgomery Law for a Free Consultation. (208) 378-8882