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FAQ About Truck Accidents in Minnesota

FAQ About Truck Accidents in Minnesota - Sand Law LLC


  • Minnesota truck accident victims often have several questions in the aftermath of a wreck.
  • A skilled truck accident attorney will answer your questions and work to help you obtain maximum compensation.
  • Trucking companies as well as truck drivers can face liability for negligence leading to an accident.

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Truck accidents can be devastating, and victims often find themselves grappling with numerous questions in the aftermath. The consequences of a truck accident can range from some burns to major amputations.  Understanding the legal landscape surrounding truck accidents in Minnesota is crucial for those seeking compensation and justice. 

The attorneys with Sand Law would like to share the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Minnesota truck accidents. If you want more information on how we can help you get the money you deserve, please call 651-291-7263 or use our online contact form to schedule a free case review.

What should I do immediately after a truck accident in Minnesota?

Prioritizing safety and preserving evidence must be your top priorities. Ensure everyone’s well-being, seek medical attention, and gather evidence of the incident, including the truck driver’s details, witness contact information, and accident scene photos.

What are some common causes of truck accidents?

Truck accidents happen for several reasons. Drivers might lose focus due to smartphone use or eating while behind the wheel. Truckers will often violate federal trucking rules governing how long they can drive without stopping to rest and cause accidents due to fatigue. 

Trucking companies may fail to perform regular maintenance, leading to wrecks due to tire blowouts, brake failure, etc. Third-party companies may negligently load the cargo, leading to a sudden shift resulting in a rollover accident. 

What is the statute of limitations for filing a truck accident claim in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, the statute of limitations for filing a truck accident claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Please take legal action within this timeframe to avoid the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation.

How do investigators determine fault in a Minnesota truck accident?

Investigators will look at several factors when assessing blame. For example, they’ll gather physical evidence at the accident site, such as skid marks. These marks could indicate the truck driver was speeding and slammed on the brakes. Attorneys can also obtain “black box” data, surveillance camera footage, phone records, and more to determine liability.

Are there specific regulations that commercial trucks must follow in Minnesota?

Yes, Minnesota imposes regulations on commercial trucks, covering areas like truck weight limits, driver qualifications, and safety measures. Understanding these regulations is crucial for assessing truck driver and trucking company adherence to industry standards.

What role does insurance play in Minnesota truck accident claims?

Trucking company insurance policies can be worth $1 million or more. Insurers fight hard to protect these policies, so you’ll need a truck accident attorney to have any chance of winning your case.

Can I pursue a claim if the truck driver was from out of state?

Yes, you can pursue a claim even if the truck driver is from out of state. However, truck accidents involving out-of-state drivers may present jurisdictional complexities that an experienced attorney can navigate.

What types of compensation can I seek after a truck accident in Minnesota?

Victims of truck accidents in Minnesota can seek various forms of compensation, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and possibly punitive damages in cases of gross negligence.

How does comparative negligence apply to truck accident cases in Minnesota?

Minnesota follows a comparative negligence system, meaning the court will reduce your compensation proportionally if you are partially at fault for the accident. For example, if the court finds you 20% responsible for the wreck and your damages are $100,000, you’d receive $80,000 instead.

What evidence is crucial for building a strong truck accident case in Minnesota?

Building a strong case involves gathering evidence such as accident reports, medical records, witness statements, and expert opinions. These elements collectively contribute to establishing liability and quantifying damages.

How long does resolving a truck accident claim in Minnesota typically take?

The duration of a truck accident claim varies based on factors like the complexity of the case, negotiations with insurance companies, and potential litigation. It may take several months to a few years to resolve.

Should I hire an attorney for my Minnesota truck accident case, and when is the best time to do so?

If you’ve suffered a severe injury, hiring a lawyer will be the only way to get the compensation you have coming. It would be best to do so immediately so your attorney can investigate the accident before critical evidence disappears.

What steps can I take to protect my rights if the trucking company’s insurance adjuster contacts me?

When contacted by the trucking company’s insurance adjuster, it’s crucial to avoid making statements that could jeopardize your case. Please don’t speak to an insurance adjuster without first consulting with your attorney.

Can I still recover compensation if the trucking company declares bankruptcy?

In the unfortunate event of the trucking company declaring bankruptcy, recovery options may still exist through insurance coverage and legal avenues. An experienced attorney can help you explore these possibilities.

What sets truck accident cases apart from other motor vehicle accidents in Minnesota?

Truck accident cases differ due to their complexity, involving federal regulations, multiple potentially liable parties (such as the truck driver, trucking company, and maintenance providers), and injury severity.

How does Minnesota law address accidents involving hazardous materials transported by trucks?

Accidents involving hazardous materials are subject to specific regulations and considerations in Minnesota. These may include environmental concerns and heightened legal scrutiny due to the potential for severe consequences.

Can the trucking company be liable for a Minnesota truck accident?

All trucking companies must ensure they properly maintain their vehicles and hire qualified drivers. If they fail to maintain trucking standards and an accident occurs, injury victims could take action against them.

Are there specific factors that make truck accidents more likely in some regions of Minnesota?

Certain factors, such as high-traffic areas, construction zones, or adverse weather conditions, may increase the risk of truck accidents in Minnesota, especially during the winter with Minnesota’s wintertime hazards

Can I still pursue a claim if the truck driver was operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

Operating a truck under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a severe violation. Victims can pursue a claim against an impaired truck driver, seeking compensation for injuries and damages resulting from such negligence.

Are certain types of commercial trucks more dangerous than others?

All commercial trucks are dangerous if not properly maintained and safely driven. 

Contact Sand Law to Speak With an Experienced Minnesota Truck Accident Attorney

The attorneys with Sand Law will happily answer any questions you have. We’ll also work passionately to help you obtain maximum compensation for your suffering. Please contact us online or call 651-291-7263 for a free consultation.