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Bliven Law Firm, P.C. is a Montana personal injury law firm located in Northwest Montana serving all of Montana. A group of experienced, dedicated professionals who care about their clients’ needs. Our Montana personal injury attorneys have over 25 years of experience in aggressively pursuing the goals of our clients.

Month: January 2013

MISSOULA THREE-CAR CRASH LEAVES ONE DEAD, OTHERS INJURED

The driver of a vehicle traveling north on Reserve in Missoula lost control of his vehicle and entered into oncoming traffic, Sunday, causing a three-car accident in Missoula.

Sergeant Scott Pastian with the Missoula Police Department says the accident occurred just south of the Reserve and Mullan Road intersection. He says two vehicles were southbound and one was northbound when it entered the southbound lane and was struck by the other two vehicles.

Pastian says the 35 year-old male victim was pronounced dead after being taken to a Missoula Hospital. He said two of the injured parties were transported to St. Patrick Hospital, while the third was taken to Community Medical Center.The other two individuals were treated and released.

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Reserve and Mullan Road, according to a Missoula Police Department press release.

All three drivers involved in the Missoula crash were injured.

More information is available on Montana news sites

If you or someone you know has suffered a wrongful death or serious injuries from a Missoula car accident, the attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. can help you receive compensation you may be entitled to receive.

Contact the Montana attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. who represent the families of innocent victims of Missoula car accidents. Victims of Missoula car accidents may be legally entitled to advance payment of lost wages, medical expenses and home assistance.

Contact the law offices of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation. Our Montana lawyers aggressively represent the families of injured victims of Missoula car accidents.

ICY CONDITIONS CAUSE 25 CAR ACCIDENTS IN FLATHEAD VALLEY OVER THE WEEKEND

The Montana Highway Patrol reported it responded to more than 25 car accidents over the weekend.

Car accidents in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Lakeside and other areas of the Valley are common this type of year.

Ice and snow create slippery conditions which can lead to car accidents in the Flathead Valley.

“If you can obviously afford studded snow tires, that’s the way to go, but if nothing else, have good safe all-season tires and know that your tires are in good shape,” said Tow Operator Dirk Meyer. “That’s 90 percent of safe winter driving…just have good tires and give yourself a little extra time.”

Some other common sense  tips to avoid Kalispell car accidents include:

  • Drive slower on snow and ice;
  • Give adequate room for the car in front of you to slow or stop;
  • Use 4 Wheel Drive if available on your vehicle;
  • Shift into a lower gear to prevent higher speeds and to use more torque;
  • Use a de-icer windshield wiper fluid; and
  • Change windshield blades every winter.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a Flathead Valley car accident, contact Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free car accident case evaluation.

Injured parties of a Kalispell car accident may be legally entitled to advance payment of lost wages, medical expenses and other damages. Insurance companies spend millions every year training their adjusters to pay as little as possible. The Kalispell lawyers of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. have combined over 30 years of experience aggressively representing innocent car accident victims.

Call (406) 755-6828 for a free case evaluation.

EVARO HILL CRASH KILLS PLAINS WOMAN AND INJURES OTHERS.

The Montana Highway Patrol reported that aggressive driving was to blame for a fatal Montana car accident on Evaro Hill Sunday.

Montana Highway Patrol investigators say a witness reported seeing the 21-year-old Arlee man driving aggressively before the fatal crash on Evaro Hill on Sunday.

“(The person) witnessed the vehicle being driven aggressively by a driver matching the description of the driver at the time of the crash, who was texting,” said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Phil Smart.

MHP investigators say the Tundra driver crossed the center line, sideswiped a second truck, continued going the wrong way, hit a guard rail, and then struck a smaller Ford Ranger pickup truck head-on, killing Joscelyn Lea Cook, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. on the four lane stretch of U.S. Highway 93 North,a few miles north of the Wye.

A total of three trucks were involved, with the third truck rolling and landing in a nearby ravine. Two people were thrown from that truck.

Emergency crews had to use the Jaws of Life to cut a third victim from one of the wrecked trucks.

There was no immediate word on the condition of the victims, although it’s believed one had life-threatening injuries.

The wreck closed the highway for over an hour, with backups of several miles on either side of the accident scene.

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If you or someone you know, has been injured in the Evaro Hill crash, contact the experienced Kalispell attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has three Montana lawyers with combined decades of experience handling wrongful death, personal injury and fatal car accident cases. The Kalispell law offices of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. is conveniently located off of Highway 2 in Kalispell. If you’ve been seriously injured in a Montana car accident, an attorney may visit you if more convenient. Call (406) 755-6828 for a free consultation.

NEW SYSTEM TO DISCOURAGE UNINSURED MONTANA DRIVERS

About 15 percent of Montana drivers are uninsured, or slightly higher than the national average of 13.8 percent, a state insurance official told a legislative committee in 2012.

A new computer verification system intended to make sure vehicles have liability insurance in place at the time they’re registered or renewed went into effect Jan. 2.

Flathead County Treasurer Adele Krantz said clerks in her department will ask a person for a proof of insurance card if the computer system doesn’t show their vehicle is insured. If the person doesn’t have a card, clerks will go ahead and complete the transaction but advise the person they may not be successful next time.

In May 2012, the Montana Highway Patrol began using the MTIVS web service to electronically verify proof of vehicle liability insurance during traffic stops. Use of the web service assists troopers and motorists in situations where drivers either can’t find their proof of insurance card or have an expired card. The web service also gives troopers the ability to confirm the validity of a proof of insurance card based on the response received from the issuing insurance company. Troopers may also use MTIVS to electronically verify that liability insurance was in effect at the time of an accident.

Highway Patrol troopers, like officers from other law enforcement agencies, have the discretion to make enforcement decisions, such as whether to issue a citation or warning, or neither, based on information gathered during a traffic stop or accident investigation. The new MTIVS service does not alter that use of officer discretion – it simply allows troopers to base their decisions on reliable, real-time insurance information.

Insurance verification capabilities were extended to local courts in August 2012, and MTIVS access was expanded to other Montana law enforcement agencies later that summer. In 2013, insurance verification will be used by the Motor Vehicle Division and County Treasurers for motor vehicle titling and registration transactions.

The ultimate goal of this system is to reduce the number of drivers in Montana who do not carry liability insurance as required by Montana law. Uninsured drivers are a serious problem, undermining traffic safety and driving up the costs for insured, law-abiding motorists. Real-time insurance verification will make the roads safer for everyone.

If you or someone you know has been injured by an uninsured driver, contact the Kalispell attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Uninsured car accidents in Kalispell occur frequently. Our Kalispell lawyers, represent injured victims in uninsured car accidents.

Even if you are injured by an uninsured driver in a car accident, a Kalispell lawyer at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. may help you receive funds for lost wages, medical expenses and loss of use that you may be legally entitled to.

For a free consultation, contact Bliven Law Firm, P.C. at (406) 755-6828.