It may be common knowledge amongst most in Bozeman that were a law enforcement official to pull you over, the first thing he or she would likely ask is if you can provide your license and proof of insurance. While the need to see your driver’s license might be clear, why must you also show that you are insured (especially if you have not been involved in an accident)? While it may be generally accepted that carrying auto insurance is a good idea, few may actually understand that the law also requires a minimum amount of coverage. Knowing this, the question then becomes how much should you carry, and in what situations will you need it.
Imagine the following scenario: you are struck by another vehicle while driving on the streets of Bozeman. After speaking with the other driver (who clearly was at fault), you discover that he or she is in the process of making deliveries for an employer. Many have come us here at Cok Kinzler PLLP after having been in such accidents wondering who is ultimately liable: the driver or his or her employer? The answer may be both (depending on the circumstances).
For many in Bozeman, the prevailing thought may be that car accidents only happen due to another’s carelessness. While that may the cause of many of the accidents whose victims we here at Cok Kinzler PLLP assist, oftentimes collisions can also be the result of drivers making rushed or panicked decisions behind the wheel. This often occurs when vehicles traveling in the same direction attempt to pass each other on the road. If you have been involved in an accident in these circumstances (regardless of whether you were passing or being passed), you may need to understand the law regarding overtaking vehicles on the road should the issue of legal action later arise.
Many in Bozeman may joke about how you will need to watch out once their teens start driving. While the notion of reckless teenage drivers is often presented as a joke, many of those that we here at Cok Kinzler PLLP have worked with may have firsthand experience of the risks that newly licensed drivers pose. If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a teen, then you could potentially be placed in the position of having to hold him or her legally responsible. Yet does the legal liability for your accident only extend to the teen, or can it also be applied to his or her parents?
Those Bozeman residents who come to see us here at Cok Kinzler PLLP after having been injured in a car accident may be justifiably upset as to the causes of their collisions. If you are like most drivers, than you likely go the great lengths to ensure that you pose no threat to others on the road around you. Given this attitude, you too may be frustrated if another’s negligence behind the wheel caused you harm. Of the many forms of recklessness demonstrated by drivers, speeding may be the most common. Understanding Montana’s speed limit laws may prove beneficial when trying to determine liability following an accident.
Anyone who has seen youth and adults alike walking around Bozeman while staring at their cell phones can attest to the fact that Pokémon Go has quickly become a global phenomenon. While the game has prompted millions to start being more active and become better acquainted with their local communities, problems have arisen with distracted players not being cognizant of their surroundings. Cases have even been reported of people being robbed by while playing the game. Yet even more troubling may be the potential of encountering distracted drivers tracking Pokémon while on the road.
When most people in Bozeman hear about a fatal car accident, they may likely envision high-speed collisions on a road or freeway. However, given the size that most vehicles possess compared to their drivers, it may come as little surprise to learn that many fatal accidents happen while in the perceived safety and security of a driveway. Most would likely attribute such accidents to human error, such as forgetting to ensure that a vehicle’s engine was off or that it was securely elevated before getting underneath it to make repairs. However, recent news shows that to not always be the case.
If you happen to be involved in a car accident involving a drunk driver in Bozeman, some solace may come from seeing that driver face criminal penalties due to his or her reckless decision-making. However, that solace may mean little of your left dealing with inordinate accident expenses. Getting added compensation to cover these costs from the driver may be difficult, especially if he or she is also facing legal troubles. What the about the parties or that establishment that help the driver that hit you to become impaired?
Most on Bozeman may tend to believe that the potential for major injuries only exists with car accidents that occur at high speeds and/or involve extensive damage. If one is involved in a simple “fender-bender,” he or she may think that the only thing to worry about is the minor vehicle damage that may have occurred. In many cases, however, that assumption is proven to be wrong. Whiplash is one of the more common injuries that can occur in a car accident, and those who suffer from it may discover it to be just as debilitating as seemingly more serious injuries.
If you have been in a car accident, you may wonder what the laws state about continuing to use a child safety seat that was involved in the crash. In Montana, there are no laws in place that dictate whether or not you must replace a car seat at any given time prior to its expiration date. However, the law does indicate that all children who are six years old or younger and who weigh less than 60 pounds must be in a car seat or booster seat while a vehicle is in motion.