Were you recently injured in a truck accident? Searching for a personal injury attorney near you? Contact our MN truck accident attorneys today for a free consultation.
Thousands of trucking accidents happen every year. These large commercial vehicles can cause deadly collisions with smaller cars. The Trucking Lawyers have an experienced law firm with a long history of dealing exclusively with those who have been injured in trucking accidents. We have helped thousands throughout Minnesota get the money they deserve and we can help you.
Unlike personal vehicles, commercial trucks must comply with a special set of federal and state regulations. Violation of these regulations is the most common cause of trucking accidents and the most common grounds for a lawsuit. A dedicated truck injury lawyer will help explain the regulations and which ones apply to your case.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the most recent report on Minnesota crash facts in 2017 states that there were 4,317 truck accidents reported that year, killing 60 people and injuring 1,356 people most of which were in the other vehicles. This number was up 4% compared to the previous year.
Both federal and state safety regulations require that semi-truck drivers and companies meet certain qualifications. These laws include driver regulations as well as company truck regulations.
Minnesota state regulations require that each driver employed by a motor carrier have a driver qualification file that includes their application, past 3 years of employment history, past 3 years of driving history, annual driving records, annual account of certification of violations, certificate for road test, and a medical certificate renewed every two years. Other requirements match the federal regulations.
For more information regarding the state trucking laws and regulations visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
After being involved in a trucking accident, there are a lot of steps that need to be taken. An injured person has the option to Minnesota truck accident lawyer and sue the truck driver or his trucking company for injury and damages resulting from a negligent incident.
In Minnesota, all claims regarding trucking accidents are controlled by the state’s comparative fault statute. Within this law, there are two things that everyone involved in these types of lawsuits should know. One is that fault is only established by proving that some form of negligence was involved and contributed to the accident. The second is that liability can be split multiple ways. This is because Minnesota is a comparative negligence jurisdiction which means it is possible for multiple people to be responsible or at fault for the same accident.
The first step that your truck accident lawyer will help you with in a trucking case is to determine who is at fault and what the damages are. Evidence, including photos, police reports, insurance reports and hospital documentation is very important here. This evidence shows the two most important aspects of the case. First, that the incident was caused by some form of negligence related to the driver, trucking company or both. Second, that certain damages were sustained as a result of the accident and the amounts of these damages.
After filing a lawsuit against a truck driver or company for negligent actions causing substantial personal injuries, there will be a decision for settlement to award the plaintiff damages. This is sometimes a long process and the settlement amount is based on several factors. The plaintiff may be awarded economic, non-economic and punitive damages as a result of a truck collision.
Economic damages relate to the actual calculated cost of the trucking accident in terms of lost wages, medical bills or repair bills. Non-Economic Damages relate to the incalculable damages such as pain and suffering. The jury awards an amount they think appropriate for the case. Sometimes the court will award punitive damages when a company is being sued. These damages are meant to serve as a warning to the company that they need to fix the problem that caused the trucking incident.
There are many factors that go in to determining how much your personal injury case is worth. Some of these factors include:
Our team is experienced in assisting through all parts of a truck injury lawsuit including investigation, development of case, and negotiation or trials for settlement. We have proven our talent through our previous settlements and trial verdicts that include numerous multi-million dollar results. Though we practice nationwide with trucking cases, we are based out of Minnesota and have extensive knowledge about the laws regarding trucking in Minnesota. Below is a list of some of our truck accident lawsuit settlements.
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Trucking injury cases can be complicated and a knowledgeable Minnesota truck accident lawyer is needed. A dedicated MN personal injury lawyer from The Trucking Lawyers will help you realize your case and get the most out of it in court or in settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation – (855) 396-3926!