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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.

LIBBY MAN INJURED IN IDAHO CRASH

A Libby resident was injured in a head-on car accident Sunday near Cambridge, Idaho.

Lawrence Brand of Libby, was injured when an oncoming driver lost control of his vehicle on ice and collided head-on with Brand’s vehicle.

Two other individuals were also injured in the Idaho car accident and taken to the hospital. For more information click here

For over 25 years, Bliven Law Firm, P.C. a Montana law firm in Kalispell, has helped injured victims of head-on collisions and car accidents in Libby, Troy, Eureka, Columbia Falls, Lakeside, Somers, Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls and More.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Montana, call our offices for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.

RONAN CAR ACCIDENT CAUSES SUV FIRE AND INJURIES

images (1)A head on car accident in Ronan caused multiple injuries and one vehicle to engulf in flames.

A 32 year-old woman was traveling South on Highway 93 in Ronan on Saturday, carrying two passengers a 4 year old and 2 year old child.

While attempting to turn left on Highway 93, the woman was struck by an oncoming pick-up truck pulling an empty trailer.

After quickly exiting her SUV, the woman’s vehicle caught fire.

The woman and her passengers sustained multiple serious injuries including a broken neck in the Ronan car accident and were airlifted to the hospital

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For over 25 years, Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has helped injured victims of car accidents in Ronan, Polson, Lakeside, Somers and other Lake County Communities. Our firm has three lawyers who practice personal injury law, in Kalispell, to help victims of Montana Car Accidents.

We offer FREE CASE EVALUATIONS for injured victims of car accidents in Ronan, Lakeside, Kalispell, Libby, Troy, Eureka, and communities throughout Montana.

MISSOULA PEDESTRIAN DIES AFTER HIT BY CAR

A Missoula woman died after crossing the road and being struck by a vehicle on Thursday December 15, 2011.

The woman, and a 91 year-old man were crossing the street near Buffalo Wild Wings in Missoula when they were struck. Both were taken to the hospital.

Betty Ann Schultes, 83, died on Friday from injuries she sustained as a pedestrian crossing the street.

The other man struck remains in critical condition.

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Pursuant to Montana Code Annotated Section 61-8-502: 61-8-502. Pedestrians’ right-of-way in crosswalk — school children. (1) (a) Except as provided in subsection (1)(b), when traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if necessary, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, but a pedestrian may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the operator to yield. This provision does not apply under the conditions provided in 61-8-503(2).

Pursuant to Montana Code Annotated Section 61-8-504:    61-8-504. Operators to exercise due care. Notwithstanding 61-8-501 through 61-8-503, an operator of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or with a person propelling a human-powered vehicle or using an assistive mobility device upon a roadway, shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary, and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing a child or an obviously confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated person upon a roadway.

For over 25 years, Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has represented the families of wrongful death victims in Montana including, Kalispell, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, Butte and Bozeman.

Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has years of experience representing injured pedestrians in Montana. If you or a family member has suffered injury or death as a pedestrian, call our offices for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.

KALISPELL WOMAN TO BE CHARGED WITH DUI AFTER HEAD-ON COLLISION

A drunk driver caused a head-on collision on Highway 2 in East Kalispell Tuesday morning.

Officers said Tami Smith was driving south on Highway 2 when she drove into oncoming traffic and caused the car accident in Kalispell.

Ms. Smith faces charges for driving under the influence, as well as driving without a valid driver’s license and driving without insurance.

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Drunk driving is an alarming trend that has continued to plague Montana. Forbes reported that Montana leads the nation in drunk driving fatalities per capita. In 2008, Montana reported 11.1 drunk driving accident fatalities per 100,000 people.

For over 25 years, Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has been helping the innocent victims of drunk driving accidents in Montana in cities like Libby, Eureka, Kalispell, Lakeside, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman and more. We offer free consultations for victims of Montana drunk driving accidents.

In our experience, many drunk drivers are uninsured. Many Montanans are unaware that if they are hit by an uninsured drunk driver in a car accident, that they may file an uninsured motorist claim if they have purchased the insurance.

In our experience, uninsured insurance is often very affordable. We encourage all motorists to have uninsured and under insured insurance, to protect themselves and their family members against uninsured drunk drivers in Montana. Speak to an insurance agent to discuss your available insurance coverage options.

NEW STUDY SUGGESTS MEN MORE LIKELY TO CAUSE ACCIDENTS ON SNOW AND ICE

A recent study by a Purdue professor suggests that men and women are more likely to be involved in car accidents in different types of weather.

Men older than age 45 are much more likely to crash their vehicles on icy and snowy roads, especially if they are diving four-wheel drive trucks according to Purdue University researcher Fred Mannering found.

“There may be a sense of invulnerability with four-wheel drive trucks leading the drivers to not slow down as much as they should,” Mannering said in an interview. “The reality is that four-wheel drive gets you up to speed faster in snow and ice, but it doesn’t help you stop any quicker.”

Female drivers of all ages, meanwhile, are more likely to lose control and crash on rain-slicked roads most often because of their failure to sense reduced friction on wet pavement, according to the results of the study.

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For over 25 years, the law offices of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has helped injured victims of Montana car accidents. We urge all people to exercise caution while driving on the snow and ice and to avoid car accidents in Montana.

If you have been hurt in a car accident from snow and ice in Billings, Great Falls, Missoula, Bozeman, Kalispell, Helena, Columbia Falls, Lakeside, Whitefish or anywhere else in Montana, contact Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a FREEE CASE EVALUATION.

FIRST WINTER SNOW CAUSES FLATHEAD VALLEY CAR ACCIDENTS

downloadThe Montana Highway Patrol stated they responded to 18 car accidents in Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish and the rest of the Flathead Valley, Thursday.

Kalispell Fire Chief Dave Dedman said drivers need to slow down.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in the Flathead Valley, or elsewhere in Montana, contact the law offices of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has two Kalispell lawyers to answer your questions and help you receive the compensation you deserve.

FIVE TIPS FOR PRESERVING A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM

Call the Police

If you have been hit in an auto-accident, call the police. The responding officer should help gather witness names, compile a report and take pictures. That information will be essential in establishing liability. Failing to contact the local authorities can result in disputed liability. Someone who may want to “take care of an accident” without the police or insurance, may deny liability later.

Obtain Witness Contact Information

If someone else saw the accident, obtain their contact information. Independent witnesses can provide valuable information and help establish liability.

Take Pictures

If you are able to take pictures of the scene of the accident, do so. Many phones are equipped with cameras. Photographic evidence is a useful tool to document damage to your vehicle as well as to your body. If you have lacerations, broken bones or bruises, photograph it. The strength of a personal injury claim is often dependent on the available evidence. Taking photographs of the accident, scene, damage to your vehicle and bodily injuries will provide support and evidence for your damages.

If Injured, Seek Medical Attention Immediately

One of the biggest mistakes that an unrepresented personal injury claimant makes is refusing to seek medical treatment after an accident. Even low speed accidents may cause significant, permanent, or long-term injuries. Failing to seek medical attention can adversely effect your long-term health. In addition, an insurance company may refuse to pay for medical treatment sustained in an auto accident in Montana, if the claimant does not receive treatment until weeks or months after the accident. If you feel you have sustained injuries from an auto accident, seek medical attention immediately.

Contact an Attorney

If you have been injured because of the negligence of another, in an auto accident, seek the legal advice of an attorney. He or she can advise you as to your rights under Montana law. He or she should also represent your best interests to see that you receive proper medical treatment and care. If you have been seriously injured in an auto accident, you may miss days, weeks or months from your job. An attorney will help you receive funds to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and to obtain sums for future medical expenses and other related damages.

Additional Resources

If you have been injured in an auto accident in Montana, call the law offices of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. at (406) 755-6828 for a FREE CONSULTATION. Our Firm has been helping personal injury and wrongful death victims for 25 years. We care about the community and helping injured victims.

FIVE REASONS TO CALL A LAWYER AFTER A MONTANA CAR ACCIDENT

downloadIf you or a family member has been injured in a car accident, here are five reasons why should give Bliven Law Firm, P.C., a Kalispell law firm, with three  Montana attorneys, a call to start working on your case.

1.     Accident, Injury and Disability Consultations are always FREE.  There is no fee unless we recover money for you.  Ask us to explain contingent attorney’s fees.

 2.     Delays in gathering evidence and filing your claim can hurt your case. Let us get started.

 3.     We work for YOU, not corporate shareholders.

4.     The Insurance companies have lawyers working hard on your case.

5.      An experienced, full service, injury and disability law office can put the law on your side.

MONTANATOP 10 FOR BAD DRIVERS

Montana Drivers were ranked as the eight worst in the United States according to a report published by carinsurancecomparison.com.

Montana Roads are also the most dangerous according to the same source. For every 100 million miles driven, there are 2.12 fatalities, the highest in the nation.

Icy roads and treacherous conditions in the winter time can further exacerbate the problem and cause more car accidents in Montana. Although studded tires, four-wheel drive and traction devices may help during the winter time, sometimes defensive drivers are hit by others who are less prepared.

For over 25 years, Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has helped innocent victims of car accidents recover the compensation they deserve. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

MONTANA AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER ADVISES AGAINST CHOOSING AN INSURANCE AUTO BODY REPAIR SHOP, THE LAW SAYS YOU CHOOSE.

Wrecked-Cars-300x224As a part of our service to our clients who are victims of automobile or motorcycle accidents we handle the property damages portion of the claim without charge when we also handle the personal injury claim.  We have received recent complaints that “preferred insurance” auto body shops are being suggested by several insurance adjusters.  We have also received reports of adjusters threatening to cut off or take away a rental car if the vehicle is not towed to a certain shop.

However Montana Law is very clear on this.  Sec. 33-18-224 Designation of specific automobile body repair businesses prohibited.  “An insurance company including its producers and adjusters, that issues or renews a policy of insurance in this state covering, in whole or in part, a motor vehicle may not:

(i)            require that a claimant under the policy use a particular automobile body repair business or location for an estimate or a repair; or

(ii)          engage in any act or practice that intimidates, coercers or threatens a claimant or that provides an incentive or inducement for a claimant to use a particular automobile body repair business or locations .

(c)             Upon request, the insurance company shall provide, without prejudice or bias, the claimant with a list that includes all automobile body repair businesses or locations that are reasonably close or convenient to the claimant . . .

Many times insurance companies will in even subtle ways suggest a preferred shop or recommend a shop.  This is strictly prohibited.  If you have a auto damage claim in Montana your interests are in finding the best possible repair shop available.

In my 18 years of experience as a Montana Personal Injury Lawyer in Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls I have found a few shops that work with the insurance company and repeatedly overlook certain items which cannot be seen such as transmission damage, frame damage, engine damage.  They may also use inferior parts or techniques, which are not up to industry standards.  While, all of the auto body shops in Flathead County, Montana say they guarantee their work, I have received repeated complaints about having to bring the vehicle back for extended time periods without the problem being fixed, or being told its not covered.

In fact there are some excellent, high end auto body repair shops here in the Flathead Valley that pride themselves on a reputation of excellence.  If an item is questioned by the insurance adjuster, they give the claimant the benefit of the doubt and fix it.  Their goal is to do a great job as their manner of advertising to their clients.  Also as part of our full service philosophy we help guide our clients to the best available shop for their needs.  We don’t care about the insurance companies only our clients.  You are entitled to a comparable rental vehicle.  Therefore if you had a pickup truck that was wrecked in an auto accident the insurance company has to pay for a similar vehicle such as another pickup truck.

You do not have to get three estimates, nor do you need to chose the lowest.

Many people believe they have to get three comparative estimates.  Some insurance adjusters lead them to this belief in the hope that you will chose their shop which will cut corners to get the insurance company business.  Montana Law allows you to pick which shop to take your vehicle to for repair and you do not need to get any comparative estimates.

There are many things that can substantially decrease the value of an insurance claim.  Often it starts out with a recorded statement where seemingly harmless questions come back to haunt you.  If you have been injured in a Montana Automobile accident we can help.  We will take care of the statement for you and coordinating the vehicle damage settlement, repairs and rental car.  If you have been injured we offer these services without charge when we handle your injury case.