Minneapolis Car Accident Attorneys
Our Minneapolis car accident lawyers have been recognized, over and over again, as state-wide leaders in car accident cases. This recognition is backed up by results. In “apples to apples” comparisons, our auto accident lawyers have set themselves apart, achieving unparalleled success, over and over again.
The Hall Law P.A. – Auto Accident Team
Years ago, Hall Law P.A. set out to build a small but dedicated team of hand-picked, highly-talented trial lawyers who would focus on bringing excellence to the practice of car accident litigation. The result of that effort is that Hall Law P.A. now possesses a team of car accident lawyers that is recognized as one of the very best in Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota. As demonstrated by the following list of car accident case results, the Auto Accident Team’s track record of success speaks for itself.
Hall Law P.A.
Auto Accident Team – Case Results
|1.||Car Accident Settlement – Head Injury||$1,200,000.00|
|2.||Car Accident Verdict – Neck Injury||$865,660.00|
|3.||Car Accident Settlement – Chronic Pain Injury||$850,000.00|
|4.||Car Accident Settlement – Low Back Injury||$825,000.00|
|5.||Car Accident Verdict – Neck Injury||$798,749.13|
|6.||Car Accident Settlement – Low Back Injury||$600,000.00|
|7.||Car Accident Settlement – Neck Injury||$600,000.00|
|8.||Car Accident Settlement – Spinal Injury||$600,000.00|
|9.||Car Accident Settlement – Neck Injury||$515,000.00|
|10.||Car Accident Verdict – Chronic Pain Injury||$515,000.00|
|11.||Car Accident Settlement – Neck Injury||$500,000.00|
|12.||Car Accident Settlement – Spinal Injury||$492,725.25|
|13.||Car Accident Settlement – Knee & Shoulder Injury||$450,000.00|
|14.||Car Accident Settlement – Chronic Pain Injury||$426,000.00|
|15.||Car Accident Settlement – Neck Injury||$425,000.00|
|16.||Car Accident Settlement – Neck Injury||$350,000.00|
|17.||Car Accident Settlement – Neck Injury||$350,000.00|
|18.||Car Accident Settlement – Chronic Pain Injury||$331,000.00|
|19.||Car Accident Settlement – Facet Joint Injury||$310,000.00|
|20.||Car Accident Settlement – Chronic Pain Injury||$300,000.00|
|21.||Car Accident Settlement – Facet Joint Injury||$200,000.00|
|22.||Car Accident Settlement – Facet Joint Injuries||$180,000.00|
In addition to our proven track record of success securing top results, our team of personal injury lawyers are also experts in helping clients navigate through the hassles and paperwork that follow a car accident. We answer your questions, provide advice, and help negotiate for the very best result.
- How Can I Collect Damages After a Car Accident?
- Effect of a Traffic Law Violation
- How Much is My Auto Accident Case Worth?
- What Should I Do If an Insurance Company Requests a Statement?
- What is the Time Limit to File a Claim for Car Accident Injuries in Minnesota?
- Contact Us
How Can I Collect Damages After a Car Accident?
There are typically three primary sources of recovery for injuries suffered in auto accidents. These sources include:
- No-fault insurance
- Liability insurance covering the person(s) who caused the accident
- Underinsured motorist coverage
An experienced Minneapolis car accident lawyer can help navigate the legal process for accident victims.
Minnesota law requires insurance companies to provide no-fault auto insurance as a part of every automobile insurance policy insuring a motor vehicle registered or principally garaged in Minnesota. No-fault insurance provides certain basic insurance benefits to all people who are injured in car accidents regardless of whose fault caused the accident.
Benefits recoverable under the No-Fault Act include:
- Medical expenses
- Income loss and replacement services
- Benefits for the family of someone killed in a car accident
If you have been injured in a car accident, in addition to recovering no-fault benefits, you may have a claim against any person whose negligence caused the motor vehicle accident. In plain language, roadway negligence is typically nothing more than a driver doing something wrong that results in a crash.
Courts look to a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent. Some examples of these factors include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Distracted driving (example: texting while driving)
- Driving too fast or too slow
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to signal while turning
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
The claims against the person who negligently caused the accident are normally covered by liability insurance — either the driver’s or the car owner’s liability insurance. If neither the driver nor the owner has liability insurance, the injured person’s uninsured motorist insurance pays any damages owed by the uninsured driver.
Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Insurance
Insurance companies sell UIM insurance to Minnesota drivers. When an auto insurer sells UIM insurance, they are essentially telling their customer: “You pay us regular insurance premiums, and if you get hurt in a crash where the other driver doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your damages, we’ll cover them.”
What the auto insurance companies typically do not focus on is that when there is a crash and the other driver doesn’t have enough liability insurance to cover your damages, your auto insurer is free to deny your claim for UIM insurance. In these cases, which are quite common, an injured customer’s only recourse against their auto insurer is a lawsuit.
The car accident attorneys at Hall Law P.A. are experts at litigating UIM insurance claims, and have enjoyed decades of success against auto insurers who refuse to honor the insurance policies they’ve sold. We have enforced our client’s UIM rights against auto insurers such as:
- American Family Insurance
- State Farm Insurance
- Farmers Insurance
- Travelers Insurance
- And more
Effect of a Traffic Law Violation
Violation of a traffic law is negligence, unless there is evidence tending to show:
- The person had a reasonable excuse or justification for breaking the law, or
- A reasonable person could believe, under the circumstances, that violating this law would not endanger anyone who should be protected by the law.
If a person offers an excuse or justification for breaking the law, you can still find that person negligent. In deciding negligence, consider the violation along with all the other evidence in the case.
If a traffic law was violated, you must also decide if this violation was a direct cause of the accident.
How Much is My Auto Accident Case Worth?
There are a number of variables and unique factors that need to be examined during an injury claim in an auto accident. There is no one size fits all answer to this question, as factors involving damages suffered, severity of injuries suffered and the length of time that these injuries can have on an individual. The damages awarded to an injured victim can vary drastically depending on the injuries suffered. Generally speaking, the damages awarded in a civil case for a fractured bone will be much less than a case involving a wrongful death caused by a car crash.
However, the more severe and impactful the injuries are on a victim and their loved ones, the more damages are awarded. Damages can be broken down into economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages involve valuations of specific expenses associated with the accident. Economic damages involve medical treatment, procedures and evaluations of the injuries sustained during an accident.
Types of economic damages can include:
- Doctor appointments
- Physical therapy
- Medical bills
- Medical tests
- Medical equipment
- Property damage
- Loss of future wages
Non-economic damages are more difficult to assess compared to economic damages. Some examples of non-economic damages can include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional damages including depression, anxiety, PTSD
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In Minnesota, there is no cap on compensatory damages for accident victims involved in a personal injury case. There are no caps or limits for damages caused by pain and suffering after an accident.
What Do I Do If an Insurance Company Calls Me?
After a car accident occurs, an insurance representative may request that an individual involved in an accident make a recorded or written statement regarding the facts of the accident. This is sometimes done to offer a settlement for a claim to pay out a lower financial amount compared to what the accident victim could otherwise recover if they hired an attorney.
After a statement is made, an insurance company may use the information obtained during a recorded statement to help their position in the accident. This can be done to pay out lower amounts to a victim to increase the insurance companies earnings. Any information given to an insurance company can potentially be used against a victim involved in an accident.
If you feel uncomfortable giving a statement, or are unsure about how your recorded statement can be used, kindly refuse to give a recorded statement. After you decline a statement, call an experienced Minneapolis car accident attorney.
Am I Legally Required to Give a Statement to an Insurance Company in Minnesota?
No – there are no laws that require an individual involved in an accident to provide a statement to an insurance company. Respectfully and politely decline a request for a recorded statement. After you decline a recorded statement, contact an attorney. They will be able to appropriately navigate this request from an insurance company.
An experienced attorney can perform the necessary negotiations with an insurance carrier and utilize their knowledge of the legal system to help your case.
What Is The Time Limit to File a Claim for Car Accident Injuries in Minnesota?
Minnesota has varying time limits (legally known as statutes of limitations) for the initiation of a claim. Which specific time limit applies depends upon the circumstances of the case. Most often, the time limit for bringing a negligence claim arising out of a car accident is 6 years from the date of injury. Importantly though the applicable time limit can be much shorter depending on the circumstances of the car accident. For all civil personal injury cases, the plaintiff’s side must begin suit before the statute of limitations period expires.
After a car accident injury is sustained, it is advisable to contact an experienced attorney early in the process. The longer an individual waits to file a claim, the less details that person may remember. Contact an attorney to ensure no deadlines are missed and the facts are recorded.
Contact a Minneapolis Car Accident Lawyer
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a vehicle accident, the dedicated and caring attorneys at Hall Law can help. Our law firm has more than 35 years of experience representing people who have been injured in car accidents. At Hall Law, PA we offer the necessary legal advice to help victims navigate the legal process and recover damages for what was lost from the serious injuries suffered.
Contact the firm for a free consultation to discuss the specifics an experienced personal injury attorney in Minneapolis, MN. Our personal injury attorneys are highly experienced in personal injury law and have decades of experience assisting injured car accident victims pursue compensation for the damages suffered. Contact our firm via our online contact form or by phone at (800) 292-1979.
Car Accident Reference Materials
Related Verdicts & Settlements
Minnesota Civil Jury Instruction 65.25
Auto Accident FAQs
- Call the police and report the collision to law enforcement.
- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver.
- Take photos of the scene and vehicle damage.
- Get medical care right away if you develop any new symptoms.
- Fill out an accident report if you suspect an injury or property damage will be estimated at $1,000 or more.
- Report the accident and your injuries to your insurance company immediately.
- Contact a lawyer and tell them what happened.
In the absence of agreement between the parties to a collision, responsibility for an accident is typically determined by a jury. A jury determines responsibility (or fault) based on our negligence and traffic laws. In general, violation of a traffic laws is negligence.
Car accident settlements depend on largely upon the type of injuries and damages suffered by the injured person. Permanent and/or severe car accident injuries can result in multi-million-dollar settlements. Minor injuries result in much smaller settlements.
Preserve Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to act swiftly in order to preserve evidence and to ensure other key aspects of your case are not neglected. If you or one of your loved ones has a potential claim, please call us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.