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Every time you get behind the wheel, you assume the risk of getting into a car accident. A crash isn’t something anyone wants to think about, yet thousands of people are involved in motor vehicle crashes in America every day. Most car accidents are preventable. They result from someone else’s negligence – a distracted driver, careless vehicle part manufacturer, or inattentive roadway maintenance crew member. After any type of car accident in Minneapolis, speak to the attorneys at Knutson + Casey. We’ve successfully tried or settled more than 2,000 cases in Minnesota, and can help you understand your rights.
Virtually anything could cause a car accident. However, driver error is a leading cause of car accidents around the country. Distracted, drowsy, intoxicated, and reckless drivers contribute to thousands of injuries and deaths every year. It is every driver’s duty to reasonably prevent harm to others on the roadway. Failure to do so is negligence and may be cause for a personal injury claim by the victim(s). According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the four most common causes of road fatalities in the state during 2015 were:
Eliminating these four negligence-related causes could save hundreds of lives in Minnesota every year. It could also save the state millions in accident-related health care costs. As a driver, you can do your part by paying attention to the road and driving safely. As a car accident victim, you can shed light on the problem and hold the drivers responsible for your injuries accountable for their actions with a civil lawsuit. Knutson + Casey are here to help you file your claim in Minneapolis and St. Paul and walk you through the legal process involved in seeking compensation.
Car accidents are especially damaging because one person can sustain multiple serious injuries in an impact. An accident can injure any part of the body, inside and out. It often takes months or even years to completely recover from a car accident injury – if full recovery is possible at all. In other cases, victims can suffer permanent physical, emotional, or cognitive damages from their injuries. If you or someone you know has suffered any of these injuries or others, contact an attorney as soon as possible:
You might not notice symptoms of an injury right away – always seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident, even if you don’t feel injured. Medical tests and scans can detect injuries that have yet to exhibit symptoms, leading to immediate treatment and often a better prognosis for recovery. Seeking medical help as soon as possible can also help a personal injury case. It shows a judge or jury that your injuries were serious or painful enough to require immediate medical attention.
No one plans on getting into a car accident – but you can prepare in case one does occur. There are things you can do directly after a car accident to limit the effects of a personal injury and protect your legal rights. Keep this list in your vehicle for reference in the event that you get into an accident in Minneapolis:
Car accidents can be frightening. The aftermath of an accident can be just as complicated and confusing for victims. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the sooner you can figure out your rights and potential legal actions moving forward. With help from Knutson + Casey, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we take care of the rest.
Minnesota is one of a handful of states that follows a no-fault structure. If you live in a no-fault state, you don’t need to prove fault in an accident to collect compensation. In other words, you won’t file a claim with another driver’s policy – only your own. Your insurance company will pay for your medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, and other expenses.
The law requires all drivers of cars and trucks in Minnesota to carry no-fault insurance (snowmobiles and motorcycles are excluded from this requirement). With your no-fault policy comes personal injury protection (PIP), which covers the expenses we mentioned above up to the dollar amounts included in your policy.
Minnesota sets certain minimums for auto insurance. These include:
If someone injured you in a car accident, you’ll file a claim for your PIP benefits, which will cover both medical and non-medical costs after an accident. In the case of death, PIP will also pay for $2,000 in funeral expenses.
Unfortunately, we all know medical care is expensive. According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, treating a broken leg costs about $7,500, and the cost of a three-day hospital stay is $30,000. After a car accident, you may quickly exceed your claim maximums, leaving you with mounting medical bills and expenses, but are you stuck paying them?
Thankfully, no. Minnesota’s no-fault system sets tighter restrictions on tort actions, but there are certain circumstances when you may file a third-party lawsuit. You’re free to go outside the no-fault system when the following apply:
It’s also important to note that property damage is not privy to Minnesota’s no-fault laws. You’re free to pursue a lawsuit against another driver to compensate for property damages.
After a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have more than 25 years of experience in personal injury law and want to help you after a devastating vehicle collision. We’ve handled a wide range of car accident types, and have earned million-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. With our help, you can pursue compensation for your accident-related medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Your future can look much brighter after a conversation with one of our friendly lawyers.
It’s time to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions. No matter who contributed to your accident, learn your rights at Knutson + Casey. Even if you were partially at fault for the crash, you can still receive compensation under Minnesota’s contributory negligence laws. As long as the courts find you less than 50% responsible for the crash, you can go home with partial recovery. The courts will simply reduce your award by the same percentage of your fault.
Regardless of the circumstances of your accident, it is worthwhile to take us up on our offer of a free consultation. You have nothing to lose in talking with one of our competent, experienced attorneys, and you could have thousands of dollars to gain. Not to mention a sense of closure and peace after a serious car accident. To schedule your consultation, call (763) 259-3642. If you can’t come to our Minneapolis office for a meeting, we’ll come to you at your hospital or home. Call now to explore your rights after a vehicle accident.