Preparing Your Car For Winter in Montana

In Montana, winter driving can be a nightmare. Black ice, snow, and blizzards can make driving dangerous, if not impossible, feat. Even in good winter weather conditions, the cold can impact the way your vehicle operates. It is important to prepare for seasonal driving by “winterizing” your vehicle. There are things you can do to… read more

Tips for a Healthy Spine & Preventing Spinal Cord Injury

October is National Spinal Health Month and while most of us know just how important, and sometimes fragile, our spine can be, it’s important to remember to take good care of it in everyday life. In celebration of World Spine Day on October 16, 2017, Ragain & Cook P.C. compiled a list of common spinal… read more

Brain & Head Injuries in School Sports | What To Know Before Your Kid Joins a Sports Team

Over recent years, the correlation between sports and head injuries has been well-documented, especially when it comes to football. CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative brain disease associated with repeated brain trauma often suffered by athletes, has been making headlines for showing a correlation to suicide, aggressive behavior, depression, and impulse control problems…. read more

[Collision Analysis ] The Most Dangerous Intersections in Montana

While most fatalities occur on highways and in rural areas, more than 50 percent of all crashes in the United States occur at intersections. This is often due to the inherently unsafe nature of intersections, where multiple actions such as changing lanes and turning into the flow of traffic have high potential for car accidents… read more

School Bus Safety Tips

Last month, a school bus full of kids collided with a pickup truck 15 miles outside of Glasgow, Montana. The students were on their way to a field trip on Montana state history when the crash occurred. Both the school bus driver, 73-year-old Harold “Jim” Belcher, and the driver of the pickup truck, 23-year-old Julie… read more

Snowmobile Injury & Laws in Montana

Many Montana citizens enjoy snowmobiling as a winter pastime, and the time for applying for snowmobiling permits is fast approaching. Yellowstone National Park, nestled in the northwestern corner of Wyoming on the border with Montana, is a prime location for winter snowmobiling, but there are also countless trials and snowmobiling sites throughout Montana. Anyone who… read more

Keeping Children Safe When They Are Riding in Your Car or Truck

Parents and guardians of children of all ages need to ensure they travel safely and use the appropriate safety equipment to keep younger children at minimal risk of injury or death on the road. The best way to keep children safe while driving is to use good judgment and abide by the rules of the… read more

What Jobs Put Workers at the Most Risk for Personal Injury or Wrongful Death?

Many careers are dangerous, and employees in these industries or young people entering the workforce for the first time need to be aware of these hazards. If an employee suffers an injury or dies at work it can lead to a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death claim from the victim’s family. It’s vital… read more

What Happens If an Uber Driver Hits Me?

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have become tremendously popular in recent years, but they have also stirred public discussion concerning accidents and liability. In 2014, an Uber driver struck and killed a six-year-old in San Francisco. Uber denied liability for the child’s death, asserting they consider their drivers independent contractors and thus shift all… read more

Can I Sue for Property Losses or Burn Injuries from Wildfires?

Residents in most parts of Montana are familiar with the significant threat of wildfires in the notoriously dry climate. Parts of Montana have seen wildfires spread over thousands of acres and devastate whole neighborhoods. Many Montana citizens have had to evacuate their homes due to fast-spreading wildfires like the Lodgepole-Complex fire, and many wonder if… read more