People are relatively defenseless against an oncoming semi truck or tractor trailer. These large commercial vehicles usually cause extreme damage when they strike a car. Such accidents can also cause a victim to suffer catastrophic injuries or even a wrongful death. These types of cases can quickly become complicated as they may involve multiple defendants as well as violations of various Minnesota regulations. It is important that you retain an attorney with experience in handling these matters and who has the resources necessary to deal with large defendants. Our Rochester truck accident lawyers are ready to assist you. Jim Suk founded our firm in 1988. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service. We have recovered more than $125 million on behalf of our clients. We also serve Owatonna, other areas of Minnesota, and Iowa and Wisconsin.
Minnesota attorneys assisting Rochester and Owatonna victims of commercial trucking accidents
Commercial trucking accidents often involve multiple defendants. The truck may be owned by a person or business other than the driver. It is necessary for a victim to hire an attorney who can determine who the defendants are and how each party played a role in the accident. If liability is established, a victim will be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages may also be appropriate. Under Minnesota’s comparative fault laws, a plaintiff will be able to recover compensation for damages even if they are determined to be partly at fault for the accident. Compensation may be awarded as long as the plaintiff is no more than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
The first step for an attorney in a trucking accident case is to identify each of the defendants. These parties can include the driver, the owner of the truck, and the entity that hired the trucking company. Once the responsible parties have been identified the plaintiff’s attorney will contact the various insurance carriers and begin to deal with them directly. If a settlement cannot be reached, it will be necessary to file a lawsuit against all of the defendants. Discovery, the process by which information is gained in a lawsuit, will be used to find proof of each defendant’s respective liability. The case will conclude at a trial where the jurors will hear evidence and issue their verdict. These types of cases are highly complex and selecting an experienced lawyer is crucial.
Jim Suk is a Rochester trucking accident attorney who founded his firm in 1988. Our office will use public records and other available data to identify each of the possible defendants in your case. We will send a demand for payment to the various insurance carriers once your damages can be reasonably calculated. We do not hesitate to file a lawsuit if necessary. Our discovery will focus on how each party contributed to the accident. Examples of negligence can include the owner failing to adequately train and supervise the driver or hiring someone who had a poor driving and employment history. Such facts may allow the owner to be sued for negligent supervision and/or negligent hiring. If necessary, we will take your case to trial. Our firm will be in regular contact with you throughout this process. We will promptly respond to your phone calls and emails, and make sure we answer your questions. This is our promise to each of our clients. Contact us today.
Rochester lawyers with the resources necessary to handle trucking accident cases
Trucking accident cases can require a personal injury lawyer to incur several costs. These include the cost for expert witnesses. When you retain counsel it is important that you hire a firm with the financial resources to negotiate with or sue large corporate defendants. If you hire a firm without the right experience and resources, your case may not be fully developed. We have recovered more than $100 million on behalf of our clients and are not afraid to sue large corporations. This is true whether you are in Rochester, surrounding communities, or elsewhere.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.