This is the first post in a series of articles about handling pedestrian accident cases in Rochester, Minnesota. It goes without saying that a pedestrian is no match for a moving car. Equally obvious, victims of such accidents are likely to suffer serious, life-altering injuries. It is not at all surprising that victims and their loved ones may be in shock and unsure of how to proceed after this type of crash. In the coming articles, we’ll provide information to help victims fully understand their rights and options and also share some criteria to consider when selecting a personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one have been hit by a car or other vehicle, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will address a number of topics over the course of our coming articles, including:
- Determination of fault
- Handling cases that involve a commercial vehicle driver as a defendant
- The role of expert witnesses in pedestrian accidents *
- What a victim can expect while undergoing treatment for injuries
- Litigation if settlement cannot be reached
It is critical to understand each of these factors. First, Minnesota’s comparative fault laws almost always affect pedestrian injury claims. Drivers are likely to claim that a victim was crossing the street in mid-block or outside a pedestrian crossing, or against a flashing “do not cross” sign. Second, crashes involving commercial vehicles can add additional layers of complexity to a case because they can incorporate both state and federal rules and regulations, different layers of responsibility between drivers and owners, etc. Third, experts are usually necessary to establish the nature and extent of a victim’s injuries and, depending on the circumstances, to testify about how the accident occurred. Fourth, if a victim suffers serious injuries (such as head trauma or paralysis), it may take considerable time before the victim’s damages are fully ascertained and a demand for payment can be made. Finally, knowing what to expect from the litigation process can help ease the anxiety and uncertainty of victims and their dependents.
One point that cannot be stressed enough is: Retain an experienced attorney with significant financial resources if you or a loved one have been hit by a car. The firm you retain must not only be experienced in dealing with the nuances of such cases, but also have the resources necessary to reach out and retain all required experts. These considerations will go a long way to help ensure that your injury and losses are handled correctly.
Our Rochester pedestrian accident lawyers are ready to assist you. Our firm has recovered more than $125 million on behalf of victims and we are able to deal with defendants of any size. Contact us today for assistance.
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.
*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?”