Minnesota Truck Accident Lawyer

Large truck crashes present a compelling threat to the safety of Americans, and it’s an issue that doesn’t receive enough attention. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data estimates an average of almost 11 people in the United States die each day in trucking accidents, and an additional 100,000 are injured every year in accidents involving big rig trucks. Furthermore, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these numbers are only increasing. This group estimates that the number of crashes has increased steadily since 2009. Why is this? In short, truck drivers and their regulating bodies seem to have gotten careless. Here are some disturbing figures to consider:

  • Nearly 175,000 truck drivers were ordered off the road in 2012 for too many violations.
  • An additional 2.1 million trucks were taken off the road for violating safety measures in the same year.

If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an 18 wheeler, big-rig, delivery truck, or other large vehicle, you’re probably full of pressing questions. Who’s responsible? What kind of recourse can I expect for someone else’s negligence? How will I ever pay my bills and get back on my feet? If you’re worried about these kinds of things, you’re not alone. At Knutson+Casey, we don’t take negligence lightly.

Liability Considerations for Truck Drivers

If you want to seek additional damages above and beyond what your insurance companies offer, you’ll need to prove another party was at fault for your injuries. In the case of truck accidents, the driver, their employer, or the manufacturer of the vehicle could be responsible for the accident. Usually, we try to seek damages from the employer rather than the drivers, and we use several approaches to assign fault to another party for truck injury cases. Here are a few examples:

  • Truck drivers are beholden to strict sets of rules, including the number of hours they’re allowed to drive and the number of breaks they have to take. If they fail to adhere to these regulations, they’ve committed negligence.
  • If the driver breaks the law (i.e., by abusing substances while on the road), he or she has automatically committed negligence and can be found at fault.
  • A company can commit negligence by failing to maintain the trucks properly or by hiring drivers with prior traffic convictions. 

Deciding the Amount of Recovered Damages

When you decide to pursue compensation, the amount we can recover depends on several factors, including:

  • Medical expenses. The amount of money you had to shell out for hospital bills, tests, physical therapy, at-home care, and ambulance transportation.
  • Wage loss. The amount of income you lost out on because you were in the hospital or at home recovering from your injuries.
  • Earning capacity. If an accident renders you unable to perform your job duties like you used to, we’ll determine the amount of money you stand to lose over the course of a career.
  • Emotional suffering, accounting for any mental of physical distress that you suffered as a direct result of an accident, like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression.
  • Loss of companionship if you’re a grieving spouse, widow, or family member of someone who’s been injured in a truck accident.

If you’ve sustained an injury in an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle, you shouldn’t have to worry about paying medical bills or other expenses relating to your long-term care. We’ll review the specifics of your case and let you know how we can go to work for you. It’s no obligation, so what are you waiting for? Contact us today for more information.