If a distracted driver caused your St. Paul traffic accident, and you suffered serious injuries, you may be eligible to recover a settlement or financial award for your losses and expenses. A St. Paul distracted driving accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC may help you prove the driver’s negligent actions caused your injuries and seek compensation based on your case.
A member of the team from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you understand how personal injury laws in Minnesota apply to distracted driving car accident cases in St. Paul. We will review your accident case for free. Call us today at (800) 598-7557 to learn if you qualify to file a civil suit.
Distracted Driving Is Common and Deadly
According to the Office of Traffic Safety, a Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, distracted driving causes or contributes to about 40 fatalities and almost 200 life-altering injuries in Minnesota each year, based on statistics from 2015 through 2019. Unfortunately, these statistics are all due to the negligence and carelessness of drivers.
Minnesota has a “hands-free” distracted driving law, making it illegal to hold your device while driving. This law also makes it illegal to read or send texts, read or send emails, surf the web, use social media, or otherwise use your phone while you are behind the wheel and driving. Of course, not everyone obeys these laws. This can lead to issues with other traffic laws, such as maintaining your lane, leaving proper following distance, obeying traffic signals, making proper lane changes, speeding, and more.
If another driver became distracted behind the wheel and caused your accident, you may be able to take steps to recover your related expenses and losses, including:
- Filing a claim based on your no-fault auto insurance coverage
- Filing a claim based on the at-fault driver’s liability policy
- Filing a lawsuit and naming the distracted driver as the defendant
Let a member of the St. Paul car accident team from Ben Crump Law, PLLC review your accident case to determine which of these options will likely give you the best results. We may be able to represent your case to the distracted driver’s insurance carrier, their attorney, or the court, if you qualify to take legal action.
For a free legal consultation with a distracted driving accidents lawyer serving St. Paul, call (800) 598-7557
Ben Crump Law, PLLC Believes in Holding the Distracted Driver Responsible When Possible
Under Minn. Stat. Chapter 65B, not all injured motorists can pursue an injury settlement or take their injury case to court. However, when possible, a St. Paul distracted driving accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC believes this is the best way to ensure victims do not suffer additional damages as a result of their accident. For example, you should not have to pay for your treatment costs, even if they go above the limits of your no-fault policy. You suffered injuries through no fault of your own. The distracted driver who caused your accident should pay these expenses instead.
We also do not charge our clients up-front fees for our representation. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not need to pay us anything until we secure your settlement agreement or court award. Then, we take our fee from the recovered settlement before we send the remainder to you.
If possible based on the facts of your case, the severity of your injuries, and the expense of your treatment, our team serving St. Paul car accident victims can pursue the monetary award you need to cover your accident-related losses.
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Recoverable Losses Following a St. Paul Distracted Driving Collision
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we can review your case to determine a fair value and seek justice through a settlement out of court or a court award from the jury and judge. While your no-fault auto insurance coverage will likely only pay out for your treatment and a portion of your lost wages, you can seek a wider variety of losses during a fault-based claim of your distracted driving accident. These losses may include:
- Medical care and support
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning ability if you cannot return to work
- Property damages, including to your vehicle
- Other accident-related expenses or losses
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible losses
Under Minn. Stat. § 573.02, Minnesota law allows surviving family members of those who died in St. Paul distracted driving accidents to pursue certain losses they suffered because of their loved one’s death. This statute also allows up to three years to take action in Ramsey County civil court following the wrongful death of your loved one.
You Only Have Two Years to Settle Your Case or File Suit
Per Minn. Stat. § 541.07(1), traffic accident victims only have up to two years to take legal action against the distracted motorist who hit them. This is not always necessary in every case. Many reach a fair settlement without needing to go in front of a judge or jury. We will protect your right to file a Ramsey County lawsuit, however, in the event we cannot reach a just agreement with the distracted driver’s insurance company.
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Discuss Your St. Paul Distracted Driving Accident with Our Team
A St. Paul distracted driving accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC may be able to build a case to prove that you qualify for a financial award or settlement following your serious injury accident. We can help you recover the compensation you need to pay for your medical care and other accident-related expenses if the evidence exists to prove your case.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 598-7557 for a free review of your traffic accident case by a member of our team serving St. Paul and nearby areas.