Minneapolis, MN- A commercial truck accident can wreak havoc on a person’s life, leaving them with major injuries and exorbitant medical bills. Truck accident victims have many questions and they need answers. We can’t answer all of a truck accident victim’s questions here, but our truck accident attorneys in Minnesota will answer four of the most frequently asked questions.
One: What are my legal rights if I’m injured in an accident?
Under Minnesota personal injury laws, individuals who are involved in a car or truck accident caused by another’s reckless or negligent actions can seek compensation for their injuries and property damage. But car accident and truck accident victims must file their personal injury or wrongful death claim within two years of the date when the injury or death occurred.
Two: What compensation am I entitled to?
Truck accident victims in the Minnesota can seek compensation for their medical and rehabilitation costs and damage to their property. Truck accident victims may also be entitled to damages for their emotional distress, loss of wages and punitive damages. If a victim is maimed or permanently disabled, they can seek damages for their current and future medical expenses and loss of wages.
If a truck accident is fatal, the victim’s surviving loved one’s may be entitled to compensation for medical and funereal expenses, loss of companionship and loss of financial support if the deceased was a primary caregiver.
The exact types and amount of compensation a truck accident victim may be entitled depends on the nature of their injuries, the actions of the at-fault party or parties and how adversely the victim’s life is affected by their accident.
If you have been injured in a truck accident or lost a loved one, USAttorneys urges you to contact a truck accident lawyer near you for a case evaluation. If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, we recommend the Rutzick Law Offices.
Three: If I was partly responsible, am I still eligible for compensation?
Even if you take some responsibility for a truck, you can still pursue compensation in Minnesota. The state, like others, has a shared fault (comparative negligence) standard for accident victims. Under this standard, accident victims are assigned a percentage of responsibility for an accident. Let’s say, a truck driver is looking at a text when they strike a pedestrian. The pedestrian wasn’t in a crosswalk and didn’t have the right of way, but they were severely injured. The pedestrian is assigned 20 percent of the blame because they were also negligent. That means whatever amount of compensation they are awarded will be reduced by 20 percent, their assigned level of liability.
Four: Do I need a Minnesota truck accident lawyer?
This a question attorneys get a lot, but that really all depends on the severity of the accident. If the accident was minor with only property damage, then an attorney may not be necessary. But if a truck accident was serious, the victims should consult with a truck accident attorney to discuss their case and the best means to resolve their truck accident claim.
If you have been in a truck accident and need answers about your case, USAttorneys can connect you with the Rutzick Law Offices to examine the facts of your case and help you decide what course of legal action will be most beneficial for you and your loved ones.