Holding A Speeding Truck Driver Accountable

Attorney Eric Hageman represented a family who had lost their son in a tragic car crash. He showed that a speeding truck driver caused the crash and won a large settlement for the family.

Our law firm was contacted by grieving family who had recently lost their son. Their son had been driving down an icy 2-lane road in Minnesota when he crashed into the side of a jackknifed tractor trailer and died. After sharing what happened with attorney Eric Hageman, his family asked him to represent them in a wrongful death case against the truck driver and his employer.  While investigating the case, Eric learned that the truck had been traveling too fast for the road conditions. The truck drivers speeding caused his truck to jackknife. Eric won a large settlement for the family and, together, they held the truck driver accountable for the damage he had done.

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“The family was devastated by the loss of their son and brother. Although no amount of money could make them whole, they took action to hold the driver and company accountable for a violation of the law that ended a young man’s life.”Attorney Eric Hageman

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Speeding Means Gong Too Fast for the Conditions

In most states, it is illegal to drive faster than what is reasonable and safe at any given moment. This means that a semi-truck traveling at the speed limit of 55 mph when road conditions are bad could be considered to be speeding. Every driver is responsible for becoming and remaining aware of the actual and potential hazards, including weather and road conditions, and using due care in operating a vehicle. If you are involved in an accident where the other driver was speeding or driving recklessly, you likely can hold that driver accountable.

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Hit By a Speeding Driver

Drivers traveling too fast can cause serious injuries.

If you or a family member has been involved in a high speed car crash, you know how serious the resulting injuries can be. It is important that the crash victim get the medical attention they need as quickly as possible after an accident. Often, the costs for treating accident injuries can be significant. High speed accidents can cause brain damage, broken bones, organ damage, and many other serious injuries.

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Killed by a Speeding Car

Our lawyers hold drivers accountable and get clients the answers they need when tragedy strikes.

When someone dies in a car accident, filing a wrongful death lawsuit is often the only way to hold the person responsible for the crash accountable. Our lawyers know how challenging the weeks and months after a crash are. When our lawyers help a client after the death of a loved one, they make sure to answer any questions their clients might have and make sure that the clients feel comfortable with the legal steps our lawyers take.

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Duty to Follow the Statutory Limits

Generally, driving over the speed limit is prima facie evidence of negligent driving, meaning the driver is at fault for any resulting accident unless he or she introduces evidence to the contrary.

The following are the stautory limits (Minn. Statutes, Sec. 169.14, subd. 2):

  • 65 miles per hour on noninterstate expressways and noninterstate freeways;
  • 55 in locations other than those specified in this section;
  • 70 on interstate highways outside the limits of any urbanized area with a population of greater than 50,000 as defined by order of the commissioner of transportation;
  • 65 on interstate highways inside the limits of any urbanized area with a population of greater than 50,000 as defined by order of the commissioner of transportation;
  • 10 in alleys; and
  • 25 in residential roadways if adopted by the road authority having jurisdiction over the residential roadway.

There may be special speed limits for school and work zones, parks and other stretches of road.

Reduced Speed Required

Minnesota law (Minn. Statutes, Sec. 169.14, subd. 3) provides circumstances in which the driver must reduce speed:

  • When approaching or passing an authorized emergency vehicle stopped with emergency lights flashing on any street or highway;
  • When approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing;
  • When approaching and going around a curve;
  • When approaching a hill crest;
  • When traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway;
  • When special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.

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