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If you, a friend, or a loved one has been fallen victim to a catastrophic motor vehicle accident (MVA) in the state of Montana, recovering from such a deadly event can be a difficult process. As the victim of a violent accident, you or someone close to you may have suffered severe or potentially life-threatening injuries and may have sustained extensive physical pain and emotional strain as a result. Furthermore, you may be burdened with excessive medical bills and vehicle insurance and, as a final resort, require the intervention of a professional accident lawyer. You or your loved one may have been victimized by criminal activity, DUI, or negligence. Despite the complexity of these unfortunate issues, you can discover a vast array of resources that can guide you through each stage of recovery.

If You Cannot Work as the Result of a Catastrophic Accident

In the event that your work ability has been impaired by an accident, you can turn to multiple resources that will help you receive financial aid and support:

  • Social Security Disability – Resources for Montana residents suffering from a severe impairment or potentially life-threatening personal injuries
  • Supplemental Security Income – Resources for adult and juvenile victims who do not possess adequate resources for financial aid in the State of Montana
  • State Bar of Montana – For residents of Montana seeking the representation and assistance of a professional lawyer specializing in car accidents, personal injuries, wrongful deaths, and more

Need help with requesting an official copy of the incident police report?

After being involved in a car accident, obtaining a copy of the police report is vital for those who sustained injuries and are planning to file personal injury lawsuits against irresponsible drivers. In the state of Montana, involved parties and non-involved parties can request a copy of the police report. However, because police reports are confidential, non-involved parties, such as insurance companies and personal injury lawyers, have to prove that they are representing the client that they’re requesting the report for. Involved parties can retrieve a copy for $7, and non-involved parties can receive a copy for $25 or you can contact our local attorneys who will provide you with a complimentary copy of your police incident report.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a car accident and still need a copy of the police report, contact our office and we will gladly help you retrieve a copy.

If You Require Emotional or Psychological Counseling or Additional Therapy

Accidents not only inflict terrible injuries on the body but can also leave a lasting impact on a victim’s mind. If you require emotional support or counseling to cope with your experience in a catastrophic vehicular accident, be sure to visit the links below:

  • Montana Psychological Association – Search statewide for psychologists who can help you recover from your traumatic experience with a motor vehicle accident
  • Montana Therapists and Counselors – A directory that allows you to cross references therapists and counselors based on specialty, availability, field of study, and experience
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Montana – An association in Montana that provide emotional support and educational resources for victims of traumatic brain injuries and their friends/family

If You Require Financial Aid for Incidences Resulting from Criminal Activity

You may require additional help for fees related to legal assistance and/or medical bills. If this is the case, be sure to consider the following resources:

  • Crime Victim Compensation – Sponsored by the Montana Department of Justice, this program offers that provides information about eligibility for compensation programs, the process for filing a claim, and frequently asked questions regarding victimization.

If You Require Aid for Car Insurance and Vehicle Damage

The Montana DMV requires that minimum motor vehicle policies must include the following amounts:

  • $25,000 per single injured victim
  • $50,000 per accident with multiple victims
  • $20,000 for damage to property

Vehicular accidents are an unfortunate and tragic part of our lives and can impact victims and their families in terrible, tragic ways. However, you do not have to face these problems alone. Be sure to visit Local Accident Reports for statements related to your accident.

If You or a Loved One Were the Victims of an Accident Caused by DUI

Drunk driving is a terrible offense that can result in severe damages to innocent victims, their families, and friends. As reinforced by state law, the Montana DMV has set the limits of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at 0.08% for adults (ages 21 years and older), 0.02% for young adults and juveniles (younger than 21 years), and 0.04% for commercial drivers.
Currently, Montana ranks 4th among the states with severe problems related to drunk driving incidents. If you, a loved one, or a friend have been victimized by a DUI incident and require more in-depth support, visit the following links:

  • Montana MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving seeks to provide endless support for victims of drunk driving incidents in the State of Montana. To speak with a representative at the national headquarters, call (877) ASK. MADD or (877) 275.6233. To contact Montana MADD contact the Bozeman office at (406)414.6693 or use the directory to find your local department.

Accident Prevention Services in Montana

In recent years, the State of Montana has established tactics for preventing unfortunate motor vehicle accidents and resulting fatalities.

  • Traffic Safety Plans – Sponsored by the Montana State Highway Traffic Safety Section, this program seeks to counteract risk factors for motor vehicle accidents resulting in severe injuries and (in the worst case scenario) death. Links will take you to two safety plans (Comprehensive Highway and Traffic Highway), traffic records, a page for emergency services, and more.
  • Motorcycle Safety – As part of the Traffic Safety Plan, this initiative seeks to prevent motorcycle-related accidents and deaths along highways and roadways. Links will take you to the Montana Motorcycle Riders Safety (MMRS) Training Program, the National Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and riding requirements.
  • Safety on All Roads – Sponsored by the State Government, SOAR is an education program designed to provide reliable messages about road safety and community strength to the Native American community of Montana.

Traffic in Montana

In this section, you can investigate the statistics regarding traffic congestion and the percentage of fatal accidents. As of the year 2016, Montana has a total population of 1,042,520 residents and a relatively low percentage of fatalities related to motor vehicle accidents. For more information, check out the data sheets provided by the HLDI (Highway Loss Data Institute). While these numbers have updated since this time, this sheet will provide you with a basic layout of Montana’s traffic statistics and help you develop a safer travel plan while visiting the Northwest.

Vehicle Miles Traveled in Montana

  • Montana has a total of 13,181 million vehicle miles traveled.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics in Montana

  • 171 fatal crashes causing 190 deaths overall
  • 18.2 deaths per 100 million of the total population of Montana
  • 1.44 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled

Deaths Related to Motor Vehicle Accidents in Montana

  • Car occupants = 56 (29%)
  • Pickup/SUV occupants = 88 (46%)
  • Large truck occupants = 5 (3%)
  • Motorcyclists = 17 (9%)
  • Bicyclists = 3 (2%)
  • Pedestrians = 11 (6%)
  • Total traffic accident fatalities = 190

Single Vehicle vs. Multi-Vehicle Crashes: Montana

  • Single-vehicle accidents = 139 (73%)
  • Multi-vehicle accidents = 51 (27%)
  • Total = 190

Fatalities from DUI Accidents: Montana

  • Total deaths = 102
  • Drivers with registered BAC results = 83 (81%)
  • Drivers with BAC results equal to or greater than 0.08 = 51 (50%)

Use of Restraint: Montana

  • Observation of safety belt usage in the State of Montana = 76
  • Fatally injured victims-unrestrained = 94 (64%)
  • Fatally injured victims-restrained = 46 (32%)
  • Fatally injured victims-undisclosed use of restraint =6 (4%)
  • Total of fatal injuries = 146

Rural Accidents vs. Urban Accidents: Montana

  • Urban accidents = 19 (10%)
  • Rural accidents = 170 (89%)
  • Unspecified area = 1 (1%)
  • Total = 190

Montana Grief & Trauma Resources

Motor vehicle crash deaths by road user type and state, 2017

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Car occupants

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Pickup and SUV occupants

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Large truck occupants

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