People are increasingly driving while distracted. The rise of smartphones and other technology has created an environment where people regularly drive while texting, talking on the phone, or taking photographs. People engaging in such conduct tend to see it as not being a “big deal.” But accidents can happen in a split second. Such accidents can leave a victim seriously injured or disabled. If you or a loved one has been harmed by someone you believe was driving while distracted, it is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Rochester attorney Jim Suk founded our firm in 1988 and we are devoted to providing the highest level of representation. Contact our office today. We also serve Austin-Albert Lea, other areas of Minnesota, and Iowa and Wisconsin.
Personal injury lawyers assisting Rochester and Southeast Minnesota residents harmed by those who were texting or talking on a cell phone while driving
Drivers are required to exercise a certain level of care while operating a vehicle. This level of care includes paying attention to the road. Unfortunately there are those who text, talk, or take “selfies” while driving. If this behavior causes an accident, the victim is entitled to compensation for damages. These damages include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering. A unique issue in distracted driving cases is the negligent party typically will not admit to responding police officers that they were using their phone while driving. It is, therefore, important that you hire an attorney familiar with proving such conduct.
A victim’s damages must first be reasonably ascertained. Then, his or her attorney will send a demand for payment to the defendant’s insurance carrier. Attorneys will negotiate with the insurer. If a fair settlement is not reached, the attorney files a lawsuit. Discovery (the process by which information is gained from plaintiffs and defendants) will begin. The plaintiff’s lawyer will acquire the defendant’s cell phone records and information about their social media and online accounts. This information can show whether the defendant was texting, talking, surfing the internet, checking social media, or performing online tasks (such as their banking) while they were driving. The attorney will view the scene of the accident, identify potential witnesses, and determine what other evidence may be available. Once discovery is completed the case will conclude at a trial. Jurors will determine the issues of liability and damages.
Our Rochester personal injury lawyers assist those who have been harmed by a distracted driver’s negligence. Prior to your initial consultation we will send you a list of needed items so we can begin work on your case as quickly as possible. We will obtain your medical records and take the steps necessary to establish your damages. Should the insurer not offer a reasonable settlement we will quickly file a lawsuit on your behalf. We will collect evidence related to the defendant’s conduct and will work to identify other evidence that helps prove the defendant’s fault. Our firm will ensure that you are prepared for trial and know what to expect as your case moves forward. We understand this is a difficult time in your life and we will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today.
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.
Rochester attorneys staying in regular communication with the victims of a distracted driver
One of the most common complaints about attorneys is they fail to stay in contact with their clients. It is understandable why this is frustrating to someone who has been injured in an accident. Our office is different in this regard. We immediately respond to phone calls, emails, and other communications. Jim Suk and his office staff make themselves available to answer any questions you may have. It is our honor to serve our clients and we take this commitment very seriously.