You probably use your car day in and day out to get to work, go out to dinner, take the kids to soccer practice, and generally enjoy life. Because it’s such an integral part of your daily routine, it’s easy to forget that a car is a 4,000-pound piece of machinery that can be dangerous in the hands of irresponsible drivers. Someone else’s negligence can spell disaster for you and your family in a split second.
According to statistics, hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries occur in traffic accidents each year in Minnesota. Of course, nobody wants to be one of these statistics. But if you are, hiring our skilled Minneapolis car accident lawyers is the best way to protect your legal rights. Research shows injured victims represented by lawyers achieve much better outcomes in court than victims trying to express themselves.
While you focus on getting better, let our Minneapolis car accident lawyers fight for the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Our Minneapolis Car Accident Lawyers
Choosing the right car accident lawyers is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. All car accident attorneys are different. Some have more experience, skill, and determination than others. Attorney Isaac Tyroler and Attorney Rachel Sperling Leonard are some of the most respected, which our client testimonials clearly show.
Our attorneys show compassion to clients, understanding that many have been through traumatic experiences. At the same time, our lawyers are aggressive negotiators and fierce litigators. They take each case personally and focus on achieving the justice clients deserve. We are not afraid to go head-to-head with insurance companies to negotiate a favorable settlement.
We are not afraid to litigate a case in front of a jury if necessary. We will only stop once we have achieved the best outcome possible in your case. We have a history of delivering outstanding case results.
How Tyroler Leonard Injury Law Can Help You As a Car Crash Victim
Our skilled and experienced Minneapolis car accident lawyers can build a strong legal case on your behalf to attempt to secure the highest payout possible. Our efforts include:
- Examining the crash scene
- Reviewing police reports
- Gathering evidence
- Researching applicable statutes and case law
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Collecting medical records and tests
- Preparing you for deposition
- Hiring expert witnesses, if needed
- Securing surveillance video, if available
- Negotiating aggressively with insurance companies
- Litigating your case in court, if necessary.
We will not rest until we examine all evidence and facts to build the strongest case possible. We’ll walk beside you every step of the way throughout the legal process from start to finish. You’ll never be alone.
Some of Our Most Successful Car Accident Case Outcomes
The most compelling evidence of the success we deliver for clients often involves the results of the car accident cases we’ve successfully handled on behalf of our clients. Some of these include:
- $1,000,000 settlement for a woman who suffered a brain injury when struck by a car.
- $900,000 settlement for a man badly injured in a Minnesota car crash, suffering numerous injuries.
- $862,500 settlement for a man who suffered significant hip injuries in a Wisconsin car crash.
- $725,000 settlement for a woman who suffered a serious head injury in a Minnesota car accident.
- $608,000 verdict for a woman who needed low-back surgery after a Minnesota car accident, where the insurer offered $26,000 before trial.
- $405,000 settlement for a girl who suffered serious hip and pelvis injuries as a passenger in a Minnesota car accident.
- $400,000 settlement for three women with various injuries after a Minnesota car crash.
- $384,000 settlement for a woman injured by two negligent drivers and who required a revision of a previous hip replacement.
- $350,000 settlement for a man who suffered a neck injury in a Minnesota car crash.
- $350,000 verdict for a woman who needed neck surgery after a Minnesota car accident, where the insurer offered $15,000 before trial.
Whatever the facts in your case, our Minneapolis car accident lawyers will fight tirelessly against the insurance company to make sure they listen to you, understand your concerns, and respond to our calls. We’ll fight to win the compensation you deserve.
I had a hard-to-fight case and was getting nowhere with the insurance or other companies involved. Isaac was honest and said it would be hard but wanted to try because it’s the right thing and showed care and compassion. He made one phone call and the insurance company responsible called me the next day stating they would be paying everything!! Isaac is willing to go the extra mile and willing to fight for the underdog. No one better to have on your side, willing to fight for you and what is right!!”
–Melannie Gushulak, Client
Damages Our Minneapolis Car Accident Attorneys Can Attempt to Win for You
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you could be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.
- Medical and hospital bills
- Future medical care and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings potential
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional distress and anxiety
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
In some cases, but not all, a judge can also award punitive damages. These work to punish egregious offenders who show complete disregard for the safety of others. This will also send a warning to other would-be offenders in the future.
Our Minneapolis Car Accident Lawyers Can Help With the Statute of Limitations for Accident Claims
In most cases, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is six years in Minnesota, as discussed in Minnesota Statutes section 541.05. There are a few scenarios in which the “clock” on the statute of limitations might be delayed. These include:
- If the injured person is under the age of 18, then the statute does not run until the later of 6 years or the person turns 19 years old.
- If the injured person is legally insane, the clock won’t start running until the period of legal disability is over (or mental competence is restored). However, this filing deadline won’t be extended beyond five years, and, once sanity is restored, the suit must be filed within one year, according to Minnesota Statutes section 541.15.
Our car accident lawyers in Minneapolis can ensure that we will keep your case moving forward by hitting every required deadline.
–Jodie Sederstrom, Client
Our Minneapolis Car Accident Lawyers Help You Understand Minnesota’s Shared-Fault Rules
Minneapolis Car Accident Claims Follow a “Modified Comparative Negligence” Rule
Some states, including Minnesota, follow a rule known as modified comparative negligence. This means the law recognizes that in many situations, more than one person may be at fault for an accidental injury, including the injured person. The court or jury will determine the amount of fault that belongs to each party based on the facts in the case. As long as your share of the fault is 50% or less, you will be entitled to collect some amount of damages for your injury.
Here’s an example that illustrates this rule. Suppose you’re driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, and another car runs a red light and smashes into your car. You sustain several broken bones and head trauma. Eventually, it’s determined that you are 20% at fault for the accident because you were speeding, but the other driver is 80% at fault after running the red light. Let’s say the total damages for the accident are calculated to be $700,000.
Under Minnesota’s comparative fault rule, 20% (the percentage of fault assigned to you) will be subtracted from that $700,000. This means you may collect 80% of the total, or $560,000.
If you have additional questions about the particular facts in your case and how the assignment of fault may occur, talk to our skilled and experienced Minneapolis car accident lawyers at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law.
–Julie Carlson, Client
How Do You Prove Negligence in a Car Accident Lawsuit?
In a Minneapolis car accident lawsuit, your attorney will need to prove that the other driver acted negligently when causing the crash in which you suffered an injury. A defendant can be a person, a business, an insurance company, a government entity, or any combination of these. To show negligence, your attorney will have to prove four elements in your lawsuit.
- Duty: The defendant owed the plaintiff a legal “duty of care” to ensure that an environment or location was safe.
- Breach: A plaintiff must show that the defendant breached this duty by doing, or failing to do, something that a reasonable person would have done in a similar situation.
- Causation: A plaintiff must show that the defendant’s action, or inaction, caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
- Damages: We must show there’s a monetary way of compensating a plaintiff for injuries and property damage.
FAQs About Car Accidents
Our Car Accident Lawyers in Minneapolis Answer Common Questions
Clients often ask similar questions about various aspects of a Minneapolis car accident lawsuit, which is understandable. After all, they probably are experiencing this type of case for the first time. Such questions can include concerns about dollar amounts, definitions, and legal processes. Here are some frequently asked questions we hear about Minnesota injury car accidents, as well as our answers.
How much does it cost to hire your Minneapolis car accident lawyers?
The Minneapolis car accident lawyers at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law work on contingency, which means that our legal fees are part of a settlement agreement or jury award. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you owe us nothing.
Can your car accident lawyers in Minneapolis help if my loved one died in a car accident?
If your loved one was killed in a car crash, you may be able to file what’s known as a wrongful death lawsuit. With the help of our car accident lawyers in Minneapolis, we can seek economic and non-economic damages, as well as funeral and burial costs for your family.
When and where do car accidents happen most often?
According to the National Safety Council, fatal crashes happen more frequently on weekends, peaking on Saturdays. On the other hand, non-fatal crashes occur more frequently on weekdays, especially Fridays.
Can I get reimbursement for a rental car after a crash?
Typically, when the other party is at fault, you are entitled to reimbursement from the responsible party’s insurance company for the use of a rental car (similar in size to your own) for a reasonable period of time after the accident.
What is the average car accident settlement amount your Minneapolis car accident attorneys could win for me?
Because every case is different, there is no “average” settlement that our Minneapolis car accident attorneys can promise to win for a car accident victim. Each claim is dependent on the unique facts in the case. Generally, the more severe the injury, the higher the payout.
If I’m injured in a car accident and am self-employed, how are lost wages calculated?
In most cases, previous tax records are used to determine past and present loss of income. By proving what you’ve earned in the past, you can calculate what you’re likely losing now. The more evidence from tax returns you can show, the better. You can order copies of previous tax returns from the IRS.gov website.
Who is the defendant in a car accident lawsuit?
There can be one or several defendants in a car accident case. For example, if a commercial vehicle hits you, potential defendants could include the other driver, the company that owns the fleet of cars, and others.
How long does a car accident lawsuit take?
Each car accident case is different, so cases can take a few months to a few years to reach a settlement agreement or jury award. Settlements often happen faster than cases where a trial occurs, but settling may result in less money.
We hope these answers to commonly asked questions are helpful. If you have additional questions, reach out to our Minneapolis car accident lawyers.
Contact Our Minneapolis Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one suffered injuries or a fatality in a car accident, your world flips upside down. While money can’t change all the turmoil you’ve been through, it can help pay medical bills and provide for your family going forward.
You shouldn’t have to suffer alone after a car accident, especially if someone else’s negligence caused your injuries. A skilled and experienced Minneapolis personal injury lawyer at our firm can help. We will fight for the justice you deserve. To find out more about how we can help, call Tyroler Leonard Injury Law for a free initial consultation at 651-259-1113.