Our Minnesota lawyers have helped thousands car accident victims. If you need help after an accident, contact our attorneys and see what they can do to help you.
After being involved in a car accident in Minnesota, you may be entitled to sue for compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Impaired potential earning
- Cost of car
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress
Minnesota Lawyers with Experience and a Record of Success
We helped a family after the loss of loved ones in a collision.
A motorcyclist suffered an amputation injury when an unqualified and overtired delivery truck driver collided with him.
A woman was injured and her teenage son was killed when their car collided with a jackknifed tractor-trailer rig on a snowy highway.
Best Law Firm Recognition
Our Minnesota 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, MN, and we represent clients throughout the United States.
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 traumatic brain injury, use of expert witnesses, pain and suffering compensation, presentation of evidence in court, and other matters.
Minnesota “Attorneys 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 legal profession with the Attorneys of the Year awards presentation.
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 one of the most important things to protect you our your loved-ones health, well-being, and recovery.
Can a Spouse Sue after a Collision Involving a Husband or Wife?
Yes, the spouse of a person seriously injured in an auto accident may have a claim for “loss of consortium,” which means the loss of the injured spouse’s society, affection, assistance and intimate relations. Also, if the person is too injured to act on his or her own behalf, a lawsuit can still be filed. For example, we had a client whose head was crushed, leaving him severely, permanently brain damaged. His wife filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for herself (loss of consortium and companionship) and for her husband.
Can a Parent Sue of Behalf of a Child?
When a child is seriously injured, the parents can sue the wrongdoer for compensation both for the child and for themselves. The lawsuit for the child should seek amounts for medical expenses, cost of care, pain and suffering and other damages. The parents may have a claim against the party at fault for the child’s medical expenses, time taken off of work and an amount for the loss of the care the child was giving or would have given to the parents.
Wrongful Death Claims
If someone dies in an auto collision, the family can sue the parties at fault for compensation. Many states provide some basic no-fault survivors’ benefits, but compensation in death cases can be hundreds of thousands of dollars—even millions of dollars—beyond these basic survivors’ benefits.
In accident wrongful death cases, our lawyers take the time to get to know who the person who died was, what that person meant to the family (both financially and emotionally), what the person’s job was, what future prospects the person may have had, and what the person’s hobbies and other community activities were.
In most cases, families may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Earnings, past and potential, that the decedent would have provided his loved ones if not for the wrongful death
- Loss of advice, care, comfort, and companionship the deceased would have provided had he or she lived
- Punitive damages, upon clear and convincing evidence that the acts of the defendant showed deliberate disregard for the rights or safety of others.
Accidents Involving Farm Equipment
One of the challenges involved in driving on rural roads is what to do when encountering farm equipment. Large farm vehicles are allowed on nearly all roads in rural Minnesota and are required to display a reflective triangle while on the road.
When safe to do so, farm vehicle operators will often pull over onto the shoulder to allow passenger vehicles to pass. There are, however, certain situations where it is unsafe for farm vehicle operators to do so. When passing a farm vehicle, drivers must obey all relevant traffic laws. This means that if you are behind a harvester or tractor, you are not allowed to cross a solid traffic line or travel at an unsafe speed to get around the vehicle.
Representing Victims and Families Throughout Minnesota
Most fatal motor-vehicle-involved accidents in Minnesota take place in rural counties. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the number fatal accidents in Blue Earth County and Isanti County alone represented over 5% of all fatal crashes in Minnesota in 2015. Also during that year, there were more accidents in the towns of Cloquet and Wadena than the suburban cities Stillwater, Forest Lake and Golden Valley. Driving in Minnesota’s vibrant small towns and farming communities presents unique challenges including inadequately maintained or marked roads, farm equipment on roadways, and drivers traveling at excessive speeds.
State Patrol Preliminary Reports
Every day Minnesotans are injured and killed on our roads.
- Two young people were tragically killed on September 26, 2017 in a crash on I-94 in Minneapolis. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the preliminary investigation suggests that a BMW, driven by a 26-year-old from Brooklyn Center, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-94 when it collided head-on with a Toyota Camry. Both the driver of the Toyota, 18-year-old Diana Rojas Martinez, and her passenger, 19-year-old Christopher Jahmar Bunay, tragically died. Our thoughts are with the families.
- On September 25, 2017, a Chevy Malibu was traveling eastbound on Highway 34 in Humboldt Township, Clay County. A westbound Ford Taurus crossed over the center line and collided with the Malibu head-on. The driver of the Malibu, Katelyn Marie Wendt of Moorhead, MN, was injured.
- A tragic crash on September 23 in Clearwater County is a reminder to watch for horse-drawn buggies. A Ford pickup and a horse-drawn buggy were going south on Highway 92 in Leon Township when the Ford collided with the rear of the buggy. The driver of the buggy, Mervin Yoder of Clearbrook, was injured. His passenger, 23-year-old Elsie Yoder was tragically killed. Our thoughts are with the families.