This post concludes and recaps our series on handling pedestrian accident cases in Rochester, Minnesota. Many victims are unsure about how to proceed after an accident.* Taking immediate action helps ensure that the victim receives the compensation to which he is entitled. Delays can adversely affect a victim’s chances of receiving a full award. Our last several articles have provided information to help people fully understand their situation and to help people make an informed decision when selecting a personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one have been injured, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed a number of topics over our recent articles relating to pedestrian injuries. The issues we have analyzed include:
● Determining fault in a pedestrian accident
● Matters where a commercial vehicle hit a pedestrian
● The use of experts in pedestrian injury cases
● What an injured pedestrian can expect while receiving treatment for injuries
● Litigating a pedestrian injury
We chose to address these issues for a number of reasons. First, these types of cases often involve disputes as to who was at fault. It is typical for a driver of a vehicle to say that his victim was crossing against a red signal or was otherwise somehow negligent in causing the collision. Understanding how fault is established in these matters is crucial. Second, cases involving commercial defendants are often highly complicated as they typically involve multiple parties. Third, expert witnesses are often required in cases involving serious injuries to establish the extent of a victim’s financial losses and permanent disability. Fourth, a victim cannot expect a settlement demand to be sent immediately to insurance adjusters, unless the injury is very slight. The injured person’s need for future care must be reasonably ascertained before a demand can be made. This means that some appreciable amount of time has to pass before a demand is submitted. Finally, understanding what to expect from the litigation process helps ensure that things go more smoothly.
One point we have stressed throughout each of these articles is the need to contact and hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Retaining counsel who will see your case through to completion, as opposed to accepting an initial settlement offer, is important to ensure that you or your loved ones will receive the highest possible recovery.
Our firm has recovered more than $125 million on behalf of our clients and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with a Rochester pedestrian accident lawyer.
Besides Rochester, we serve the following major southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, and all outlying communities, 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.
*A note about language:
Federal agencies involved in traffic safety have banned use of the word “accident” for more than 20 years, and with good reason. However, we use the word “accident” on our website, even though we know it has implications that run contrary to our professional thinking and training, because we recognize that “accident” is the word most commonly used in online searches when people are looking for help after being injured in a crash. If you’d like more information about this topic, please see our blog, “Car Accident or Car Crash?”