Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Our Attorneys Can Help Pursue Compensation After a Montana Drunk Driving Accident
Did you know that Montana ranks among the worst states in the country for fatal drunk driving accidents per mile driven? According to the Montana Department of Transportation, drunk driving was responsible for 58 percent of statewide fatal car accidents in 2019. Drunk driving crashes can also leave survivors with life-altering, catastrophic injuries. Some injuries can lead to millions of dollars in expenses over the course of a lifetime. Fortunately, you may be able to hold a drunk driver accountable for causing a wrongful death or injury.
A drunk driving accident lawyer with our firm can review your situation and help you figure out your next steps.
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Common Drunk Driving Accident Injuries
Drunk or drugged drivers have compromised judgment and coordination. As a result, a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol is less able to drive safely. Impaired drivers are more likely to speed and make dangerous maneuvers. When crashes occur, the resulting injuries can be serious. Possible drunk driving accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burn injuries
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and cuts
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Musculoskeletal injuries (whiplash injuries)
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
Do I Need an Attorney After a Drunk Driving Accident?
Drunk driving accidents may result in serious injuries. Some car accident injuries can result in millions of dollars in expenses. For example, a younger person with a C1-C4 (high tetraplegia) spinal cord injury could incur more than $4 million in health care and living costs alone over the course of a lifetime. This figure does not include lost income, loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering.
If a drunk driver harmed you or a loved one, then you should consider speaking with a Montana car accident attorney with our firm. Our lawyers have helped many clients throughout the state recover from drunk driving accidents. Recovering compensation from a car accident settlement or verdict could help pay for expenses that include:
- Health care and rehabilitation
- Home and car modifications
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earnings
Listed above are economic damages. There are also non-economic damages to consider. These damages are often called “pain and suffering damages”. You may also be able to obtain compensation for your non-economic damages.
A personal injury attorney can also help you protect important evidence, uncover new evidence, negotiate a settlement, or even take your case to trial. Our law firm offers free initial consultations. You can dial (406) 407-9099 or use our site’s contact form to schedule one.
Montana Dram Shop Laws and DUI Liability
Montana is one of the states in the U.S. that has a “dram shop law”. The Montana Dram Shop Act could affect who is liable for paying your damages after a DUI crash. In Montana, shop owners, stores, hosts, bars and other venues may be liable for a DUI crash under either of the following circumstances:
- The patron is under 21 years old. A business may be liable for damages if it knew the patron’s age or did not make an attempt to ascertain the patron’s age.
- The patron is visibly intoxicated. A business may be liable for damages if it overserved a visibly intoxicated patron who caused a wreck.
You may be able to hold an establishment responsible for a DUI accident if any of the above is true. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more about whether Montana dram shop laws apply to your case.
Montana and Social Host Laws
Since you can sue a “person or entity” under Montana dram shop laws, you may be able to hold a social host responsible for a drunk driving crash. A social host may sometimes refer to a person who is hosting a party or event.
Contact Our Kalispell Drunk Driving Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Questions about liability after a drunk driving accident? Schedule a free consultation to speak with a drunk driving accident lawyer with our firm today. You can reach us by dialing (406) 407-9099 or by using the contact form on our website.