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A large truck accident is many drivers’ worst fear on the road. Many people experience anxiety when driving near or around 18-wheelers, and some drivers try to avoid them if possible. This is with good reason: Trucks in the U.S. can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, compared to the average passenger vehicle’s weight of just 3,000 pounds. A passenger car is thus at a great disadvantage in a truck accident. Most truck accident injuries and deaths are preventable with proper care and attention to the road. If you or a loved one was recently in a truck accident in Minneapolis, come to Knutson + Casey for a free legal consultation.
Despite the extensive training required of truck drivers, their specialized driver’s licenses, and their knowledge of federal trucking laws, they are still only human. Like all drivers, truck drivers can make mistakes, some of which can be deadly. Truck driver error is the number one cause of truck accidents in the US. Long hours on the road and significant job pressures can contribute to drivers making poor decisions behind the wheel. Common examples of truck driver negligence include:
If a truck driver causes an accident in Minnesota, victim(s) may be able to sue the individual driver and/or the trucking company. In the past, trucking companies could escape liability by hiring independent contractors and renting or leasing vehicles instead of owning. Federal law, however, cracked down and made companies liable for accidents involving their vehicles. This is good news for accident victims because it means there is another potential defendant in a truck accident claim.
The truck driver isn’t the only possible defendant in a truck accident lawsuit – victim(s) may also hold other drivers, vehicle part manufacturers, cargo loaders, roadway maintenance crews, and other third parties responsible for an accident. It often takes a professional investigation to identify all defendants after a vehicle collision. Working with the attorneys at Knutson + Casey can make the investigation and discovery phase of a claim easier on you. We want you to focus on healing, not legal matters, after a harmful truck accident.
There are many federal and state laws truckers must obey while operating vehicles in Minnesota. Being a truck driver involves great responsibilities – especially the duty to keep others on the roadway reasonably safe. Any broken rules or deviations from accepted industry standards that results in the injury or death of someone else deserves attention from an experienced attorney.
As your representatives, Knutson + Casey can file a claim in Minneapolis or St. Paul on your behalf. We may first file the claim with the driver or trucking company’s insurer, in the hope of reaching a settlement outside the courtroom. We’ll listen to your goals for your claim and help you reach them in the most efficient way possible. If we can’t reach a settlement, we may recommend going to trial to pursue just compensation. Our lawyers have decades of courtroom experience and can walk you through the legal process from start to finish.
No matter what route we deem most appropriate for your particular case, you can trust that we’re always acting within your best interests as your retained law firm. You’ll work with just one attorney at Knutson + Casey, instead of multiple lawyers and paralegals. That way, you’ll receive personal, one-on-one care throughout your legal journey. To schedule your free consultation, call (763) 259-3642 or contact us online.