Many people welcome Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of the summer season, and a lot of families go on road trips over this holiday weekend and look forward to additional vacations during the summer months. Some parents may be able to take time off work during this season and many kids are out of school. Combined with warmer temperatures, this can be an excellent time of year to take to the road and visit another state (or a different country). Unfortunately, this carries a number of risks, including the possibility of a motor vehicle accident.
After record-breaking snow in Montana this winter, you may be more anxious than ever to get your motorcycle tuned and ready to go. You can feel the changes in the air, and you are ready to hit the open road.
There are many ways in which motor vehicle wreck victims may suffer, but the physical toll of a wreck can be devastating. Even if an accident victim does not sustain any broken bones, they may struggle with chronic pain following a collision. Moreover, those who are able to recover from an injury may find that their injury leads to chronic pain later in life. Unfortunately, pain can be very debilitating, and it can serve as a constant reminder of an accident that was caused by a careless driver, which never should have taken place. For these reasons and many more, it is imperative for auto accident victims to seek justice.
As you sit and contemplate the road that lies ahead of you and your loved one after they have suffered a traumatic brain injury in Bozeman, your first need to understand exactly what their prognosis may be. Yet when people in your same situation come to us here at Cok Kinzler PLLP, they often question how can they know what their family members or friends may be facing so soon after having suffered their injuries. Knowing that may indeed by possible thanks to a clinical observation test known as the Glasgow Coma Scale.
Moving forward from a motor vehicle wreck can be incredibly challenging for any victim, but some people have an especially hard time when they find themselves in this position. For example, those who recently got married may be devastated by a motor vehicle collision, not only because of serious injuries and financial challenges but because plans (such as going on a honeymoon or having a child) may be derailed by the accident. If you recently tied the knot and have been involved in a collision, it is very important to be aware of your legal options and your rights.
Insurance companies nearly always play a huge role in how, when, and why lawsuits are brought, and whether the case is settled or decided by a jury. But you will seldom see them acknowledged or even mentioned in a courtroom. Like the wizard behind the curtain, they control many levers, but are never seen.
Of all the risky driving behaviors one could partake in, speeding is among the most deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding was cited in over 26% of all traffic deaths occurring in 2017. Along with driving over the posted speed limit, which is designed with motorist safety in mind, many people also drive to fast when faced with certain road conditions, such as inclement weather.
When you and others in Montana purchase products you expect to be, or have been warned that they are, hazardous, you are likely more careful when using them. Some products that would be otherwise relatively safe, have defects that may put you at risk for suffering serious injury or death. If you have been injured as a result of using a product, it may behoove you to understand the types of defects that create liability.