Today, October 13, 2016, an accident between a semitrailer truck and a car on Highway 60 in Zumbrota, Minnesota, resulted in a young child being seriously injured.
A Ford Taurus was eastbound on the Highway 60 West bridge over Highway 52. A Freightliner semi truck was at the northbound Highway 52 ramp getting onto Highway 60 West when the vehicles collided, according to the Minnesota State Patrol (MnSP) preliminary crash report. There is a stop sign for traffic on the Highway 52 ramp at the intersection of that ramp and Highway 60, which runs straight in each direction. Cases like this often involve a truck failing to yield the right-of-way.
An 8-year-old boy riding in the car, driven by his father, was seriously injured. He was airlifted to a hospital by Mayo One.
Assisting at the scene were the Zumbrota Police Department, Zumbrota Fire Department, Zumbrota Ambulance, Mayo One, Goodhue County Sheriff Office, MnSP and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Accident Investigation Information
Accident claims involving large commercial trucks can be won with evidence that the big rig driver or the trucking company violated federal trucking laws. For an attorney to properly investigate a crash involving an 18-wheeler, the attorney has to know the commercial trucking regulations promulgated and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Accident Reconstruction Evidence
Below is an accident reconstruction video that attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman used to win a multimillion-dollar settlement for their clients, a husband and wife whose car was hit from behind by a semi truck on a Minnesota highway. Pritzker Hageman, P.A. is a Minnesota law firm with offices in Minneapolis. We are not paid unless you win.
Lawsuit against Trucking Company
In a lawsuit against a trucking company, federal law requires a “spoliation letter” to be sent to the truck driver and the company to prevent evidence from being destroyed. The spoliation letter puts the trucking company on notice that an accident victim has a claim against the company and that the company is responsible for preserving evidence that may be used to prove that claim. This responsibility is a legal “duty,” and a court (a judge) can severely sanction a trucking company for destroying or tampering with evidence after it receives a spoliation letter.
Can a Child Sue for Compensation and Justice?
Yes, with the help of a parent. In our cases involving children, the parents pursue legal action on behalf of the child.