Our Car Accident Lawyers Fight Hard for Our Clients!
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law – Serving Injured Victims Nationwide
For over 38 years, Montlick & Associates has been Fighting Hard & Winning CasesTM for people injured in car accidents, and to get them all the compensation they deserve. With billions of dollars recovered for our clients, We Know What it Takes to Win.™* Our attorneys understand the enormous hardship, pain and anguish an injured person faces after a collision that is not their fault, and our team is dedicated to providing exceptional service. Contact us today for your free consultation to learn about your legal rights, as well as the steps that are necessary to protect those rights.
We Know What it Take to WinTM
Unfortunately, millions of people are in car accidents each year in the United States, and we see the devastating consequences for victims and their families. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were a total of 7,277,000 police-reported accidents in one recent year alone. Such staggering numbers indicate that collisions are all too common in the United States. At Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, our Car Accident Attorneys dedicate their careers to representing victims who have sustained injuries, which can often be serious and even permanent. Our legal team knows what it takes to help injury victims maximize the value of their cases, while also investigating all potential avenues of recovery.
Our attorneys serve clients throughout the United States.** If you or a family member has sustained personal injuries in an accident or because of someone else’s negligence, contact us Nationwide 24/7 for your Free Case evaluation at 1-800-LAW NEED (1-800-529-6333). We also can be reached by dialing #WIN (#949) from your cell phone (with most cell carriers) or by visiting us at Montlick.com and using our using our Free 24-hour live chat service or online free case evaluation form.
An Experienced Car Accident Attorney Can Increase Your Chances of Monetary Recovery
Unrepresented accident victims are at a disadvantage when directly communicating with insurance adjusters, who routinely attempt to take advantage of claimants’ lack of experience and familiarity with the law. Retaining representation for your auto accident can be a critical step to ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys know first-hand the devastation that auto accidents cause to victims and their families, including expensive medical treatment, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and other hardship. We also know the nuances of the law and the claims process, so that our clients can focus on getting well while we handle the legal matters. Our firm is committed to exceptional customer service and transparency, and we fight to the fullest extent possible to recover financial compensation for our clients’ injuries and damages, while keeping them informed of the status of their cases along the way. Additionally, we examine each case carefully and in many situations, we are able to identify additional potential avenues of recovery that our clients were not aware of, and that the insurance company did not disclose.
Legal Time Deadlines and Other Reasons Why Delay Can Be Costly!
While most cases are settled without the necessity of litigation, one of the most common reasons why car accident cases are not successful is because accident victims do not pursue legal action within the required time period.
Every state has laws that limit the amount of time an injury victim has to file or settle a car accident lawsuit or any type of personal injury lawsuit. Delaying in seeking legal assistance can have a negative effect on you and your family’s ability to recover damages against the person or company responsible for your injuries. It is important to know that legal time deadlines, called statutes of limitations, apply to personal injury claims. Missing a deadline can result in the loss of your right to make a claim for compensation. It is important to note that these statutes of limitations can vary significantly depending on the type of claim being asserted as well as the state in which the claim is brought (in some cases federal law will control). For example, a personal injury claim may have a different statute of limitations in a given state than, for example, a breach of contract claim. Additionally, when making claims against governmental entities, depending on the laws of a particular state, much shorter time deadlines can apply as well as notification requirements to the appropriate governmental entity. Many insurance policies also have timely notification requirements, where if a claim is not filed in time or appropriate notice is not given, the injured victim loses the ability to make the claim against the applicable policy.
In addition to these legal and contractual deadlines, there are other reasons to act without delay: important evidence necessary for your case can disappear or become destroyed, and witnesses can go missing or forget what happened. Our attorneys act appropriately to preserve important evidence. We also ensure that appropriate notice is given to preserve your rights to compensation.
Pursuing Legal Action – What is the Value of My Case?
Since each individual claim is unique, the amount of compensation each client receives depends on many factors, including, by way of example, the facts and circumstances of the accident, how strong the liability is, the state and venue where a lawsuit is to be filed, and the likeability and credibility of the witnesses to a jury. Additional factors can include the nature, extent and severity of the injury, the costs of medical care, whether the victim is temporarily or permanently disabled as a result of the injury, the impact on the victim’s quality of life, and the extent of pain and suffering.
Our attorneys will pursue all of the types of monetary compensation that you are entitled to recover. Depending on the facts of a case and the applicable law, these may include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive or “Penalty” Damages if the defendant’s conduct is egregious, such as fleeing the scene of the accident or driving while intoxicated (subject to state law)
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
In the case of a tragic loss of a family member in an automobile accident caused by someone else’s negligence, our attorneys pursue wrongful death claims on behalf of our clients. The rights of plaintiffs to pursue wrongful death claims, including the proper parties to bring a claim, are subject to the applicable law of a particular state, and the types of damages recovered can significantly vary from state-to-state as well. For example, the types of damages or combination of damages some states allow for wrongful death claimants include the full economic and non-economic value of the life of the victim, loss of companionship, value of support and services, and/or punitive damages, to name a few. Often, families are also entitled to burial and funeral expenses, medical expenses incurred, and pain and suffering endured by the deceased victim. However, even the proper party to bring such a claim (or multiple claims) can vary depending on the state where the accident occurred. If you lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free consultation to learn about your legal rights and options. Let our attorneys help you navigate this difficult time, answer your questions, and let you know how we can help.
The amount of damages a victim might recover is specific to the facts and circumstances of a given case. As such, every individual claim is unique. Predicting the precise dollar amount of compensation that you and your family might receive from a claim is usually not possible at the beginning of your case, but our attorneys are able to advise our clients on the range of predicted case values once all of the evidence has been assembled, we have learned the extent and long-term effects of the injury, we have reviewed all medical records and expenses, and evaluated the applicable law and the strength of the evidence. Our attorneys fight hard on behalf of each individual client in order to maximize the value of their claims under the law. In the appropriate circumstances, our attorneys, after advice and consent of the client, will not hesitate to file a lawsuit against those responsible and ultimately take a case to trial.
We Know What It Takes to Win.™ Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today!
Whether you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you likely have questions about your legal rights as well as what important actions need to be taken to protect your legal rights. Our attorneys stand ready to provide you with a free case evaluation as well as important advice. Contact our Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Nationwide 24/7 for your Free Case evaluation at 1-800-LAW NEED (1-800-529-6333). We also can be reached by dialing #WIN (#949) from your cell phone (with most cell carriers) or by visiting us at Montlick.com and using our using our Free 24-hour live chat service or online free case evaluation form.
Other Helpful Information about Car Accidents
What to Do if You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident
Car Accidents can be minor and not involve police intervention, while other car accidents will require not only the police, but ambulances, and possibly fire trucks to help rescue and transport injured victims to a nearby hospital or trauma center. In collisions that result in serious or catastrophic injuries, some accident victims may be airlifted. Depending on the unique circumstances of an accident, injury victims should consider the following steps after being involved in an accident. Do not panic if you were recently involved in an automobile accident and did not take the steps below, as they are only guidelines. If anything, we hope the below suggestions would help you, a family member, or friend protect their legal rights. Additionally, depending on the severity of your injuries, seeking immediate medical care can be the most important first step following an accident. However, if you are able to do so, the following steps would help to preserve your legal rights, should you desire to pursue a claim:
- Call 911 - (even if nobody involved in the accident has sustained serious injuries) – Having a police report documenting an accident can be critical later on when dealing with insurance companies and pursuing your potential claim.
- Seek Medical Attention – Seemingly minor injuries can turn serious as days, weeks, and months pass following an accident. For example, a neck or back injury may not cause immediate pain, but symptoms of such injuries have the potential to develop over time. Receiving prompt medical care is important for documenting your injuries, but more importantly, for also getting well.
- Identify Witnesses – If possible, identifying witnesses can be critical to proving your case. When possible, you should take note of the individuals who witnessed your accident, and direct them to the police officer working the accident scene. You should also give their information to your attorney should you desire to pursue a claim.
- Preserve the Accident Scene - Leaving an accident scene as it was shortly after an accident is important for both law enforcement officials to determine what went wrong. Unless an accident is very minor (such as a fender bender that does not cause substantial property damage or injuries), it is best to wait for the police to arrive, allowing them to evaluate the accident scene before clearing all vehicles and debris. If you are able to do so, take photos of the damage to all vehicles involved.
- Contact Our Attorneys – We stand ready, willing, and able to review the facts and circumstances of what happened to you and advise you on your legal rights and options.
Some of the steps following an accident may be different depending on the severity of the collision and whether anyone involved sustained debilitating injuries. Additionally, the above list is not exhaustive, and in some cases, other actions can be helpful. Our attorneys regularly advise our clients of what additional steps they can take in order to protect their legal rights.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
A significant number of car accidents are preventable. All drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers as well as pedestrians. When a person or company breaches this duty by not obeying applicable traffic laws, and an accident occurs, they can be liable for the damages they cause to the victim. Common causes of car accidents that often involve negligent behavior include:
- Failure to yield
- Failure to signal
- Improper turns
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving while intoxicated (alcohol and/or drugs, including prescription drugs)
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely
- Fatigued driving and/or falling asleep at the wheel
- Running a red light, stop sign, or other traffic control device
- Striking a pedestrian
Distracted driving accidents, in particular, are on the rise despite general awareness that texting or talking on the phone without a hands-free device have been proven to be dangerous activities while behind the wheel. Many drivers are fixated on their phones while driving, which can lead to serious automobile accidents. In one recent year alone, for example, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
Most newer model vehicles have incorporated hands-free technology for drivers to communicate, such as applications that appear on the navigation screen, for the purpose of helping drivers to avoid distraction. While such a system may be safer, there are still concerns that drivers will be distracted from looking at the navigation screen to read a text message or make/receive a call.
Because of the distracted driving epidemic facing nearly all states across the country, many states, such as Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina, have drafted legislation, and even enacted “hands-free” laws to crack down on texting and talking on a handset while driving. To ensure drivers are aware of the consequences of distracted driving, some laws provide for hefty fines, which may even exceed fines for speeding. At Montlick & Associates, we have publicly supported such legislation. To learn more about our community service initiatives, click here.
The Consequences of Auto Collisions
Each individual case is unique, and the types of injuries sustained in an auto accident can vary significantly depending on the circumstances. Unfortunately, car accident injuries can be severe, and often result in disability and financial hardship. Common types of injuries include:
- Spinal injuries, including bulging and herniated discs
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Fractured and broken bones
- Cuts, gashes and open wounds
- Internal organ injuries
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Whiplash injuries
Treatment for the above types of injuries can involve costly long-term medical care and, in serious circumstances, invasive or surgical intervention. In other tragic circumstances, we represent clients whose loved ones were sadly killed in automobile collisions.
We Know What It Takes to Win.™ Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today!
If you or a loved one suffered an accident injury because of someone else’s negligence, contact our office Nationwide 24/7 for your Free Case evaluation at 1-800-LAW NEED (1-800-529-6333). We also can be reached by dialing #WIN (#949) from your cell phone (with most cell carriers) or by visiting us at Montlick.com and using our using our Free 24-hour live chat service or online free case evaluation form.
*Dollars recovered are cumulative and not indicative of individual case results. Each case is unique. Results depend on the facts and applicable law.
**Legal Services are provided by Montlick & Associates, P.C. and when appropriate local associated law firms at no additional cost to you depending on the jurisdiction, and any specialized expertise required. For more information, click here.