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Car Accident Attorney in Missoula MT

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, you need a Personal Injury attorney dedicated to your case. The experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers at Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC have a proven record of helping Personal Injury victims get maximum compensation. We are here to take your case, fight for your rights, and help you get the justice you deserve. If you or a loved one needs a motor vehicle accident attorney in Montana, please contact Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC by calling today to be put in touch with a lawyer and schedule your Free Consultation.

At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, we accept Personal Injury cases involving Distracted Driving, Trucking Collisions, Motorcycle Accidents, and Drunk Driving. No matter what type of vehicle was involved when your accident occurred, the Motor Vehicle Accident lawyers at Jones & Cook can help you get the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible. Our lawyers work with a network of experts to thoroughly investigate Motor Vehicle Accidents and identify all contributing factors. We use this information to build solid, evidence-based cases that greatly improves the likelihood of a successful outcome.

It is important to remember that without an experienced Montana Personal Injury attorney on your side, you are at the mercy of insurance companies who are often more concerned with profits than helping victims of injury. Our legal team will help protect you against the predatory tactics of these companies and are much more likely to receive the full compensation you deserve.

To schedule a Free Consultation with one of our Motor Vehicle Accident attorneys, please contact us today. We maintain an office in Missoula and serve Personal Injury clients throughout Montana, better enabling us to fight tirelessly for the rights of Personal Injury victims. Call Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC as soon as possible.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

A Motor Vehicle Accident can be devastating. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision, you may be unsure of what to do next. The Missoula Car Accident and Trucking Collision lawyers at Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC can help you navigate the legal issues while you focus on your recovery.

Whether it involves Drunk, Distracted Driving, or Motorcycles our legal system offers important ways to hold reckless drivers responsible for their actions. Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC offers clients extensive experience in the complex world of Motor Vehicle Accident law, whether you are a victim of Drunk Driving or have suffered because of a driver’s negligence.

At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, we have experience handling a wide variety of Motor Vehicle Accidents. We have the knowledge and resources available to fight for your rights to compensation after you’ve been injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident, including the following:

Car Accidents

In too many Personal Injury cases, Car Accidents are not actually accidents at all, but rather the results of negligent, reckless acts by careless people. At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our Missoula Car Accident lawyers believe these drivers need to be held accountable and that their victims deserve full and fair compensation for their injuries.

Montana Car Accident Laws

Montana Code section 27-2-204 sets the statute of limitations that will apply to almost all lawsuits over car accident injuries. This law gives you three years to ask Montana’s civil courts for a remedy for any kind of Personal Injury caused by someone else. The same deadline also applies to a Wrongful Death claim that brought about if someone is killed as a result of the Car Accident.

For any damage to a vehicle or other property as a result of a Car Accident, Montana Code section 27-2-207 states that any lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the crash. It is important to understand and abide by the statute of limitations as it applies to your situation. If you attempt to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations deadline has already passed, the court will likely be asked to dismiss the case, and they are very likely to agree that a dismissal. Even if you are confident that your case will be resolved through the car insurance claim process, you will want to leave yourself plenty of time to file a lawsuit in case you need to.

Montana Uniform Accident Reporting Act

According to Montana’s Uniform Accident Reporting Act, if a driver knows, or reasonably should know, that they have been involved in any of the following types of accidents, the crash must be reported:

  • An accident causing property damage to an apparent extent of $1,000 or more.

  • An accident in which the vehicle strikes the body of a deceased person

  • An accident resulting in injury to or death of any person

The driver must report the accident to the local police department if the accident occurred within a municipality. If the accident did not occur within a municipality, the driver must report the accident to the office of the county sheriff or to the nearest office of the Montana Highway Patrol. You must also file a written accident report with the Montana Motor Vehicle Division within 10 days after any crash in which:

  • Damage to property in excess of $1,000 is sustained

  • A person is killed or injured

Help for Car Crash Victims in Montana

At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with motor vehicle claims in Montana. We have the legal knowledge and trial skills that will enable you to recover compensation for your losses. If you or a loved one has been injured, you may be confused about what steps to take next. We will help you understand the law and what kind of claim may benefit you the most.

Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC is dedicated to working for our clients. We will handle the legal issues while you recover from injuries and other losses. Call us today at (406) 721-7744 to schedule a Free Consultation.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is described as operating a motor vehicle while engaging in any activity that takes one’s attention from driving. Any type of distraction can significantly impair a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle, with a considerably increased risk of causing or being involved in a collision. These distractions can fall into three primary categories:

  • Visual Attention

    Turning to look at a passenger, reading a map or in-vehicle navigation system, looking down at a phone or looking in a mirror to apply makeup are all examples of distractions that would affect visual attention. A mere moment or matter of seconds is all it takes for a driver to miss an obstacle in the road, drift from a lane or fail to notice a change in traffic, causing a crash.

  • Mental Attention

    Many different activities may affect a driver’s mental attention, such as texting, talking to a passenger, driving with too little sleep or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Judgment and reaction time will be affected if mental attention is decreased.

  • Manual Attention

    If a person takes one or both hands from the wheel while driving, he or she will be unable to respond quickly in the event of a road hazard or other emergency. A driver may lose control of the vehicle with insufficient time to react or may drift from the road or lane. Texting, using a cellphone, eating, lighting a cigarette and personal grooming are examples of distractions that affect manual attention.

We Hold Montana Distracted Drivers Accountable

Distracted Driving poses severe dangers, accidents, and serious injuries which can easily lead to a lawsuit. When an injury accident occurs, law enforcement has the authority to procure cell phone records from the time of the crash. If it is determined that the at-fault driver was using a cell phone at the time of the accident, that information could be used to prove negligence in a subsequent lawsuit.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a Car Accident caused by Distracted Driving, including, texting while driving, call our Missoula Motor Vehicle Accident attorneys as soon as possible. At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our team of highly-skilled Personal Injury attorneys is available to discuss your potential claim. Call to schedule your Free Consultation.

Injured in a Car Accident?

Drunk Driving

In Montana, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving a motor vehicle carries very steep fines and penalties for anyone who is convicted of a DUI or driving with 0.08 percent of alcohol in their systems. A driver is in violation of Montana law when they are driving or in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a combination of the two, or has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent. If the driver has prior convictions for the same offense, they will receive even higher penalties, including a long driver’s license suspension and jail sentence. If a driver commits four DUIs within a a ten-year period, it is considered a felony and the offender could face a prison sentence.

Montana DUI Fines and Fees

The state of Montana will impose a hefty fine on all DUI violations. A first-time violator can expect a minimum $600 fine upon conviction, this doe not including court costs and other fees. A second conviction will carry a $1,200 fine. If you are guilty of driving under the influence a third time, the fine rises to $2,500.

Severe Injuries Caused by DUI Accidents

Drunk driving accidents can cause serious, life-threatening injuries for all parties involved. Victims of a DUI accident may suffer injuries that can cause permanent damage, including:

Injuries sustained from a Drunk Driving accident can have long-term consequences for you and your family. You may not be able to work, resulting in lost income. These Catastrophic Injuries will require multiple medical treatments with expensive rehabilitation and therapy. The Missoula law firm of Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC can help you file a Personal Injury claim can secure damages to help you recoup these costs.

If you have lost a loved one due to a Drunk Driving accident, our attorneys can file a Wrongful Death claim seeking damages, providing your family compensation for the loss of your loved one. If you or a loved has been the victim of a drunk driver’s negligence, contact the Montana law firm of Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC at (406) 721-7744, to schedule a Free Consultation.

Motorcycle Accidents

No matter how safe riders are on their motorcycles, there are still many factors that can lead to accidents, such as:

  • Inattentive Drivers

    The low profiles of motorcycles compared to cars and trucks makes them more difficult for many drivers to see—especially those who aren’t paying close attention to their surroundings. Thousands of Motorcycle Accidents are caused by Montana drivers who turn in front of the path of a motorcycle because they don’t see them.

  • Road Hazards

    Montana State and local government is responsible for keeping roadways in good condition and free from hazards, like potholes and loose asphalt or gravel, which can be dangerous for riders.

  • Poor Communication

    Riders often travel together in groups, but these groups must practice good communication to prevent riders from colliding or moving into other riders’ lanes of travel.


In Montana, anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. This law applies to both operators and passengers. The helmet must meet the requirements that are set by the Montana Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation.

If you are caught riding a motorcycle without a helmet, you could receive a traffic citation. If you are involved in a Motorcycle Accident when you are not wearing a helmet and are under the age of 18, it could be difficult to file a Personal Injury claim. In some cases, even if you are over the age of 18, not wearing a helmet could be used against you.

Motorcycle Accident Liability

To be awarded damages after a Motorcycle Accident, you must show who is liable. There could be a single party responsible or there may be multiple parties. As with most other types of Personal Injury claims, determining liability in a Motorcycle Accident is based on negligence. You must prove that the defendant behaved irresponsibly or negligently in a way that caused the accident.

If you are involved in a Motorcycle Accident in Montana, it is important you remain calm and call 911. Even if you do not feel that you have sustained a serious injury, it is important to have a police report of the incident. Do not leave the scene before the police arrive and do your best to make sure the other people involved wait as well. Get the contact and insurance information from anyone who was involved in the accident. Write down information about the vehicles involved, including the makes, models, and license plates. If there were any witnesses, collect their contact information. Take pictures of the scene of the accident, the damaged vehicles, and anything else that could be relevant. It can also help to have pictures of any injuries that you sustained so that you have proof of how severe your injury was immediately after the accident. If you receive medical attention or see a doctor, keep any documents or bills from your medical visits.

Missoula Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a Montana motorcycle accident and believe it was caused by another person’s negligence, you deserve compensation. At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our Personal Injury attorneys have a proven track record taking on Motor Vehicle Accident cases. Call our Missoula office to set up your Free Consultation.

Trucking Collisions

Commercial truck and tractor trailer accidents can be far more devastating and complicated than a typical Car Accident. Litigation for accidents involving a tractor trailer require a thorough investigation, expert witnesses, and the use of discovery procedures after the suit is filed. Prompt investigation of the accident scene is crucial because the trucking company will have its own investigators on scene.

At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our investigators will visit the accident scene and take photographs of physical evidence, document eyewitness accounts, skid marks, accident debris, as well as oil, gas, and radiator fluid stains at the wreck scene. Our legal team will also obtain police reports, motor carrier records, witness statements, photographs, and safety logs.

Trucking Accident Causes

The size, weight and momentum of a moving eighteen wheeler makes trucking accidents nearly always catastrophic, resulting in serious Personal Injury or death. An important part of any Personal Injury case is determining who is at fault for the cause of the accident. Common causes of Truck Accidents include:

  • Dangerous weather conditions

  • Defective equipment

  • Defective roadways

  • Driver fatigue

  • Excessive speed

  • Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks

  • Intoxication

  • Lack of driver training and experience

  • Negligent drivers of other vehicles

  • Poorly maintained truck

  • Unreasonable schedules

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Truck Accident in Montana, Bulman, Jones & Cook PLLC can help. We have an office in Missoula and have helped countless Truck Accident victims recover the monetary compensation they deserve. Please contact our office today to schedule your Free Consultation by calling (406) 721-7744.

Compensation After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Regardless of the type of Motor Vehicle Accident that occurred, the Auto Accident lawyers at Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC can help you get the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible. Our lawyers work with a network of experts to thoroughly investigate Motor Vehicle Accident and identify all contributing factors. We use this information to build solid, evidence-based cases that greatly improve the likelihood of a successful outcome. It is important to remember that without an auto accident attorney on your side, you are at the mercy of insurance companies who are often more concerned with profits than helping victims of injury. With our legal team on your side, you will be protected against the predatory tactics of these companies and are much more likely to receive the full compensation you deserve. Call our Missoula, Montana office today at (406) 721-7744 to schedule a Free Consultation.