If you’ve suffered a severe injury in a Lauderdale car accident, then you might not only be in pain, but also confused. You know the wreck wasn’t your fault, but you’re not really sure how to go about getting the compensation you feel you deserve. At the same time, you’re feeling so bad that the last thing you want to deal with is trying to prove your case, or having to deal with a mountain of paperwork. If your injury will lead to long-term debilitation, you might feel helpless.
That’s why you need to get in touch with a Sand Law Lauderdale car accident attorney. Our team of legal experts have a great deal of experience in cases like this, and we know how to deliver results on behalf of our clients. While we can’t promise you’ll receive a certain amount of compensation, we can promise that we’ll aggressively fight for your rights at every turn.
Lauderdale, Minnesota and US Car Accident Statistics
Even though motorists largely stayed at home during the pandemic year of 2020, there were still nearly 400 fatalities on Minnesota roads. Incredibly, this was the highest total of deaths since 2015. Speeding was to blame for 122 fatal accidents, while failure to wear a seat belt was blamed for another 105 deaths.
Causes of Car Accidents
One of the most common causes of a car accident is driving while distracted. There are far too many people who are so dependent on their phones that they continue talking or texting even when they’re driving on a highway at 70 miles an hour or higher.
Speeding is another huge reason car accidents take place. Some motorists have a laser focus on getting where they need to get, and when they need to get there. They’ll go so far as to have no regard for the safety of others on the road. What they don’t realize is there’s no valid reason to drive so fast that they put everyone around them in serious danger.
Types of Injuries Associated with Car Accidents
Any kind of car wreck can result in injuries that are so severe the victim is impacted for the rest of their life. They could, for example, suffer a traumatic brain injury that leaves them unable to take care of themselves. Even a so-called “lesser” brain injury, such as a serious concussion, can lead to severe pain and confusion for an extended period of time.
Other severe injuries include the following:
- Permanent paralysis due to spinal cord damage
- Severe burns
- Damage to internal organs
- And many others
Common Types of Car Accidents
Just as there are several different kinds of injuries resulting from car accidents, there are also several types of wrecks. These include:
- Sideswipes. Any time two cars brush up against each other at a high rate of speed, that can cause one or both drivers to lose control. In most instances, however, this kind of accident will typically not result in severe injuries.
- Rear-end collisions. When a driver is distracted, and traffic comes to a sudden, unexpected stop, that will often lead to a rear-end collision. The driver being struck can suffer severe back and neck injuries that might require extensive treatment.
- Side-impact collisions. More commonly known as “T-bone” accidents, they usually occur when one car runs a stop sign or a red light and slams into the side of a car moving through an intersection. The two vehicles form a “T” shape, which is how this kind of accident gets its name.
The Process of a Lauderdale, Minnesota Car Accident Lawsuit
When someone suffers an injury in a car accident that isn’t their fault, they will typically turn to an attorney. Their lawyer will then investigate the wreck to gather all the facts. They’ll determine how the accident happened, and also determine the liable party – the person or entity responsible.
Once that happens, the attorney will typically approach the at-fault party’s insurance company and send a demand letter. This spells out the amount of compensation the attorney believes their client deserves. If the insurance company agrees, they cut a check and that’s it.
But this rarely happens. More than likely, the insurer will offer a settlement that won’t be nearly high enough. The attorney will then negotiate in an effort to obtain full and fair compensation.
The majority of cases eventually end when the insurer is convinced that it will be in its best interests to make a fair settlement offer. But if that doesn’t happen, the case will go to trial and a judge or jury will decide whether the victim should be compensated, and the amount of money they will receive.
Damages You Can Recover in a Car Accident Injury Claim
The medical bills and lost wages you’ve incurred are known as damages. But you’ve probably had to ensure a great deal of pain and suffering as well. More than likely, you can no longer pursue the activities you love if you’ve been hurt severely. These are considered damages as well. There are actually several other types of subjective damages for which you may be compensated, including emotional and mental trauma and others.
Steps to Take After Your Lauderdale, Minnesota Car Accident
The first priority, of course, will be to get whatever medical help you need. Not only will this be critically important to your health, but also your ability to obtain maximum compensation. Next, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible, if you haven’t already. An investigation into the accident must start immediately so you have the proof needed to have the strongest case.
Contact Sand Law to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
The attorneys with Sand Law are standing by to put all of their skill, resources and knowledge to work for you. Please schedule a free evaluation of your case as soon as you can by using our online contact form, or by giving us a call at 651-291-7263.