Car Accident Lawyer – Protect Your Rights After a Crash

Nationally recognized as one of America’s best law firms*, the accident attorneys at Pritzker Hageman, P.A. have a record of winning millions for clients and their families.

Multi-million Dollar Accident Settlements and Crash Verdicts

The lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have won millions of dollars for clients and families seeking justice. They prepare every case they take on for trial and only settle a case when it is in the client’s best interest.

Past Verdicts and Settlements for Car, Motorcycle, and Truck Accident Cases

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Pritzker Hageman, P.A. accident attorneys Fred Pritzker, Eric Hageman, and Brendan Flaherty have all been named “Attorneys of the Year”** for their work on high-profile cases. You can contact them for a free accident case consultation by calling 1-888-377-8900 or by filling out our free case consultation form. Our offices are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and we represent clients throughout the United States.

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Best Law Firm Recognition*

Our law firm is on the U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Law Firms” (2012-present). The firm was given a Tier 1 (the top) ranking for its work on behalf of people with personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our offices are in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and we represent clients throughout the United States.

“Super Lawyer”

Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman were named “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics magazine every year since 2004. Our attorneys are highly visible in the legal community as frequent speakers on car accident issues, including traumatic brain injury, use of expert witnesses, pain and suffering compensation, presentation of evidence in court, and other matters.

“Attorney of the Year”**

Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Eric Hageman and Brendan Flaherty have been named “Attorneys of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer, a highly-respected legal publication. Each year Minnesota Lawyer recognizes the best achievements in the Minnesota legal profession with the Attorneys of the Year awards presentation.

Accident Attorney Eric Hageman

  • Won over $30 million for clients from 2014-2015
  • Has been named a Minnesota “Super Lawyer” every year since 2004.
  • Has won cases against some of the largest trucking companies in the United States.
  • Member of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group
  • Speaks at national seminars on truck accident cases.
  • Served multiple times a chairperson of the Minnesota Association for Justice Wrongful Death

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What is My Case Worth?

To determine the value of a case, you have to look at many factors, including fault, the severity of your injuries, how your injuries affect you, your medical expenses, your wage loss, any scars, your pain and suffering and a host of other factors. Every case is different and it depends on the skill and experience of your attorney to know what is fair compensation for your losses. When negotiating an auto claim settlement, your attorney will present detailed evidence of your losses to the insurance companies involved.

In most cases, it is best to hire an attorney to represent you. As you can see, there are a great many factors and issues that need to be assessed in order to obtain a fair recovery. Also, you’re going up against a giant insurance company. Companies have scores of adjusters, attorneys and other personnel who spend all of their time dealing with cases just like yours. There’s also the matter of time. Bringing a claim takes a lot of time and energy. Most people hurt in a traffic crash are short of both.

 5 Things You Should Do To Protect Your Rights

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You can contact Eric Hageman and Brendan Flaherty, pictured above inspecting a truck, for a free consultation.

Getting justice and fair compensation can be a hard fought battle.  The decisions you make in the days directly following a crash are curtail to protect yourself from insurance companies who stand in the way of justice and fair compensation. The following five things are just a few of the things that you should do to protect yourself.

  • Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company
  • Do Not Talk to Any Other Insurance Company or Trucking Company
  • Report the Accident to the Local Authorities (police, highway patrol)
  • Contact an Accident Attorney
  • Consult with Your Attorney Before Signing Any Paper or Attending Any Medical Appointments

Why Do I Need To Report an Accident to My Insurance Company?

If you are involved in an accident, you should report it to your insurance company because it is required under most insurance policies. If they chooses to deny your claim, you can take legal action against your own insurance company.

Should I Talk With an Insurance Adjuster If They Call?

No. Don’t discuss the accident with the anyone else’s insurance company representative or a trucking company representative. These people try to get information about the crash and your injuries that they can use against you. It’s a good idea to talk to an attorney before you talk to any insurance company. We have handled cases involving the following insurance companies: GEICO, Allstate, American Family, State Farm, Nationwide, Travelers, Progressive, Farmers and Liberty Mutual

Should I Always Report an Accident to Local Authorities?

Yes. If you are involved in a serious accident, it is likely that a dispatcher will send the police or highway patrol to the crash site. For minor accidents when there is only minor damage, they might not need to be involved legally. However, by requesting a police or highway patrol report, there will be an official report filed which can be used to hold the at fault driver responsible.

Why is Contacting a Lawyer Important?

If you are in the hospital, or if you are caring for a loved one who was injured in a crash, your focus is on your health, well-being, and recovery, or that of your loved one. Hiring a lawyer, even if it might seem too early to do so, is on of the most important things to protect you our your loved-ones health, well-being and recovery.
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What Does a Lawyer do Protect My Rights After a Crash?

There are many ways our lawyer work to protect our clients rights after an accident. Insurance companies try and push accident victims into signing papers to give up their rights and make them attend adverse examinations to try and cut off any medical benefits they might have. A good accident lawyer is used to these tactics as well as ones that are used by large trucking companies and major shipping corporations. Having an experience lawyer working for you protects your rights and compensation from being taken away and lets you focus on the recovery.

Car and Truck Accident News and Reports

  • A manslaughter charge has been filed against a tractor-trailer driver in the traumatic Missouri truck accident death of David Lambeth. According to a report filed by two troopers for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the semi-truck crashed into and then......

  • A collision involving a passenger vehicle and a logging truck at the intersection of Shawano County Road G and Leopolis Road in Wisconsin resulted in two fatalities on Monday afternoon, February 13, 2017. Ireneo and Soila Gonzales were traveling westbound on......

  • Ryan James Yancey of Portland, Oregon, was only 31 years old when the semi-truck he was driving in Idaho struck hay bales that had fallen into his path from another tractor-trailer rig. The time was 11:50 a.m. on February 9,......

  • An early morning accident near Eden Valley, MN sent two men to the hospital, one with life threatening injuries. Patrick Paul Ampe, of Eden Valley, was traveling eastbound on Highway 55, and Milton David Ortiz Arocho, of St. Cloud, was traveling westbound. Their......

  • One man is dead and the other seriously injured after they were hit by a dump truck on February 10, 2017. They were working to remove mud from California Highway 17 after a mud slide. The dump truck was also......

  • Three men died and seven others were injured in an explosion at Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) in DeRidder, AL on February, 8. William Rolls Jr., 32; Jody L. Gooch, 40; and Sedrick Stallworth, 42  died in an explosion that occurred while their......

  • Less than a week after an suspected drunk driver struck and killed a mother of three, Foley, Minnesota, was again the site of a fatal car accident. On Monday, February 6th, Terry Allan Vedder, 62, was traveling westbound on Highway 23 when......

  • Truck crash lawsuit attorneys at Pritzker Hageman, P.A., support a new Minnesota Safety Council campaign calling for everyone in our society to change how we talk about traffic crashes — specifically, not using the word “accident’’ to describe them. Already......

  • Two people died in Otter Tail County yesterday, February 5, 2017, when a car attempted to pass and hit an SUV head-on. A Chevy Tracker, a small SUV, was eastbound on Highway 29, two miles East of Deer Creek. An Oldsmobile Alero......

  • A fatal accident took place early this morning in Renville County, MN. A 46-year-old man from Redwood Falls, Minnesota, was driving northbound on Hwy 71 when he collided with a Mack tractor-trailer that was traveling southbound. He tragically died as a......

  • On Thursday morning, a woman was tragically killed when her car crashed into a logging truck whose driver has been charged with causing the accident by improperly turning into a crossover. According to Virginia State Police, Susan Myers, 56, of Brookneal,......

  • On Tuesday evening, a 35-year-old Foreston, Minnesota woman was tragically killed when her car was struck by a suspected drunk driver on Hwy. 23 in Foley. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Lindsay Cardinal was driving eastbound on Highway 23 with......

Rear-End Collision on I-90 Injures Man from La Crescent, MN

A man from La Crescent, Minnesota, was seriously injured in a crash with a Freightliner tanker truck and a dump truck. He was driving a Honda Civic. The Freightliner tanker, Honda Civic and Sterling dump truck were all traveling southbound on Interstate 90 (I-90) when they collided. The collision happened at the I -90 Dresbach exit, milepost 274 in Winona County. The roads were dry. The Minnesota State Patrol report characterized this crash as a rear-end collision, but did not provide details. This often means that there is some doubt as to what exactly happened.

Bloomington Couple Injured in MN Logging Truck Accident

A couple from Bloomington were injured in an accident with a logging truck in northern Minnesota on March 8, 2016. A fully loaded 1987 Peterbuilt 359 logging truck was moving eastbound on Caribou Trail to go northbound on Highway 61 in Cook County. The truck and trailer rolled onto its side, which spilled logs across the highway. At about 1:39 p.m., a 2009 Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Highway 61 and hit the logs on the roadway. The Honda went into the east ditch. The wife, who was driving the car, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The husband, a passenger in the Honda, was seriously injured in the crash.

Woman from Hudson, WI Killed in MN by Suspected Distracted Driver

A young woman from Hudson, Wisconsin, was tragically killed yesterday on Minnesota Highway 95 in Washington County. Preliminary evidence gathered by the Washington County Sheriff Office and the Minnesota State Patrol suggests she died because another driver was distracted.

Racine Man Killed When Semi Truck Loses Control on Icy Road

A tragic accident took the life of a man from Racine, Minnesota. He was driving a Chevrolet pickup north on MN Highway 63 in Mower County. Heading south on Highway 63 was a commercial truck driver from Winnipeg, Manatoba. He was driving an International semi with a trailer. The semitrailer driver lost control and, at about milepost 26, the semi broadsided the pickup truck.

Preston Man Injured When Car and Garbage Truck Collide near Rochester, MN

A man from Preston, Minnesota, was seriously injured when his car collided with a garbage truck just outside of Rochester. Minnesota State Patrol Preliminary Report A garbage truck was turning westbound onto Interstate 90 (I-90) from southbound Highway 52.

Pizza Delivery Driver Looking at Map Causes Crash

Our client was stopped at an intersection while riding his motorcycle in Minneapolis, MN. As he was waiting, a pizza delivery vehicle hit our client from behind, sending him flying. He suffered severe pelvic injuries and is unable to walk without assistance. Attorney Brendan Flaherty is helping our client get compensation.

Serious Injuries in Steele County

A head-on collision in Steele County injured the 2 drivers. A Dodge pickup truck traveling northbound on Minnesota Highway 218 crossed the center line and entered the southbound lane. A Ford Focus was traveling southbound on Highway 218. The driver of the Ford tried to avoid the pickup, but the 2 crashed.

Semitrailer-SUV Crash Settlement

Eric Hageman and Fred Pritzker recently won a $2.5 million settlement for a husband and wife whose vehicle was hit by a semi trailer and then collided at highway speed with an SUV. The husband sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI), and both husband and wife suffered multiple fractures.

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We represent clients throughout the state: Aitkin County, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui Parle, Lake County, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine County, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice County, Rock, Roseau, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Moorhead, Mankato, Brainerd, Bloomington, Eagan, Eden Prarie, Apple Valley, Maple Grove, Edina, Plymouth, Minnetonka, Stillwater, Thief River Falls, Bemidji.

Our law firm is a national personal injury law firm with offices located in Minneapolis. Contact us if you are looking for the best personal injury lawyer in Minnesota for your case.