If you have questions in the aftermath of a truck accident you’re not alone. As an experienced Minnesota accident injury law firm we are prepared to answer your questions and provide any assistance you need. Before you talk to an insurance company, speak with an truck accident attorney to get the real answers. Here are the most common questions our clients bring to us after a being involved in a traffic accident.
Do I need a lawyer?
Immediately after being injured in an auto accident, you are thrown into a complicated and frustrating legal system. Some auto accident victims due choose to handle their own accident claims, but the bottom line is getting compensation for your injuries isn’t easy, especially when you’re dealing with accidents that involve serious injuries and commercial vehicles. Only an attorney experienced in dealing with car and truck accidents can ensure you receive the maximum financial compensation for your injuries.
When should I contact an attorney?
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as you are able after an accident. The sooner the process of collecting and preserving evidence starts, the more likely you are to have a successful outcome.
How much will an attorney cost me?
Don’t worry. We get paid only if you get paid. Our fee is a percentage of the settlement that you eventually receive. There will be NO money taken out of your pocket and no retainer fees. If we do not win money for you, you owe us nothing.
How much money can I expect to receive from my auto accident claim?
It is difficult to estimate the value of your auto accident injury claim until certain facts are known. In order to give you an accurate monetary assessment of your injury claim we would need to know the extent of your injuries, how much time you lost from work, whether your injuries are permanent and the limits of the responsible party’s insurance coverage. Once we are able to gather all the facts, we would be happy to give you an estimate as to the value of your accident injury claim.
How long does it take to settle an auto accident claim?
There are no laws that require an auto accident be settled by a certain time. Generally, the settlement process cannot begin until you have completed all your medical treatment. After completing your medical treatment we will contact the insurance company with a settlement demand. If the insurance company refuses to pay what we believe to be a fair settlement, we will then file a lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit will increase, the amount of time in which it takes to get you fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries.
Is there a time limit in which I have to file my auto accident Injury claim?
In Minnesota, a lawsuit must be brought within (6) years of the date of the injury.
Who pays for the damage to my car?
If the car accident was caused by the fault of the other driver, generally the other driver’s insurance company is responsible for paying for the damage to your car.
Who pays for my medical bills?
If the accident was caused by the other driver, any medical bills that you incur as a result of the accident are generally the other driver’s responsibility to pay.
What if I am hurt, but I can’t afford to pay for a doctor’s visit?
If you were hurt as a result of the traffic accident, even if your injury seems minor, it is very important for you to go to the emergency room or your family doctor immediately. This provides documentation of your injuries, which prevents the insurance company from saying that you were not hurt. If necessary, we can often recommend doctors who will agree to see and treat you and wait to get paid after your case is settled.
What if the other driver does not have insurance?
If you have insurance, but the other driver does not, then we can proceed with your claim against your insurance company. This is called uninsured motorist coverage. Your insurance company will then attempt to collect their money back from the other driver. Remember, your insurance company, like the other driver’s insurance company, will want to pay you as little as possible.
Injured in a Traffic Accident? We Can Help
An automobile accident can turn your life upside-down. In an instant, you can lose your only means of transportation. You might also have to deal with a personal injury and the financial repercussions of the accident for years to come.
It’s a tough situation to deal with alone. That’s why the Minnesota accident injury attorneys of McEwen & Kestner are on hand to help you through the process.
If you believe that you have been injured as result of a car or truck accident, contact us today for a free, no obligation review of your case. Our office is conveniently located in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.