When a car crash occurs in the state of Montana, the driver who did not cause the crash may be eligible to seek compensation. However, they must be able to prove to either their insurance company or the responsible driver's insurance company that they did not cause the accident. There are several pieces of information that may help strengthen the injured person's case.
Police reports are one of the most useful pieces of evidence when a person is seeking compensation. The reports are often written after the responding officer studies the scene where the crash took place. They may document if there were any skid-marks present, if one or both of the vehicles were traveling at high rates of speed and if either driver was ticketed following the incident. Officers also often take statements by both drivers and any witnesses, which could become useful later on.
The damage caused to both cars may also indicate which driver may be liable for the car accident. For example, if one vehicle has front-end damage and the other vehicle has rear-end damage, it is likely that damage was caused by a rear-end collision. Usually, the driver who rear-ended the vehicle in front of them will be found liable. Similarly, drivers who make left-hand turns are usually found to be at fault for causing a crash; their vehicle will most likely sustain damage to the side while the other vehicle will sustain front-end damage.
Often, those who suffer injuries in a crash will be left with financial burdens. A personal injury attorney may assist the injured person with obtaining the police reports and other evidence to provide proof that the other driver was liable for the damages. Additionally, medical costs and other damage estimates may be analyzed to determine the total cost of damages the injured person actually sustained.