Minneapolis Car Accident Lawyers
Advocating for the Injured Since 1986
Our car accident attorneys in Minneapolis understand that your quality of life, your ability to earn, and your sense of security all can be taken away in the time it takes for a negligent driver to look back at the road. For over 30 years, our family-oriented team at GoldenbergLaw, PLLC has helped thousands of car accident victims successfully recover physically, emotionally, and financially. We know you have worries about long-term medical expenses, lost income, an inability to work, your family obligations, and your physical and emotional hardships. Our job is to guide you through these hard times and be your trusted advocate.
Car Accident Statistics
The average number of traffic fatalities in Minnesota over the past 10 years is 386 deaths per year. To date, the most dangerous year on Minnesota’s roads was 2009 before Minnesota instituted a primary enforcement seat belt law—the fatalities have decreased ever since. As of August 28, 2020, there have been 240 traffic fatalities in Minnesota.
According to percentages of the total traffic fatalities in Minnesota provided by the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, the most dangerous counties for traffic fatalities from 2014-2019 are:
- Hennepin County (11.2%)
- Anoka County (4.8%)
- Tie: Ramsey County (4%), Dakota County (4%), St. Louis County (4%)
- Stearns County (2.8%)
- Tie: Sherburne County (2.2%), Crow Wing County (2.2%)
- Scott County (2%
- Becker County (1.2%)
U.S. Road Crash Statistics:
- On average, 6,000,000 car accidents occur in the U.S. every year
- 4,400,000 million people are seriously injured and require medical attention
- More than 38,000 people die every year in crashes on U.S. roadways
- Approximately 2,000,000 drivers in car accidents suffer permanent injuries every year
- The U.S. suffers the most road crash deaths of any high-income country–about 50% higher than Western European countries, Canada, Australia Japan
- Road crashes are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for people aged 1-54
- The economic and societal impact of crashes costs American citizens $871,000,000,000 each year
- Road crashes cost the U.S. more than $380,000,000 in direct medical costs each year
- 1 in 7 people do not wear a seatbelt while driving although seatbelts cut the risk of severe injury by 50% and the risk of death by 45%
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safeway Administration (NHTSA), more pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in 2018 than in any year since 1990
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Every accident is unique, but our lawyers can use our decades of experience as accident investigators to discover the specific cause of your wreck. The reality is that a few different accident causes arise quite frequently.
We see too many innocent people hurt as a result of common, simple issues like:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to take into account inclement weather
- Reckless driving, including speeding
Obviously, this is far from an exhaustive list. But the fact that the same forms of negligence show up in accident reports time and time again is troubling and tragic.
What to Do If You’re in a Car Accident
No matter what causes it, a car accident is a terrifying ordeal for you and your family members. In the moments immediately following the accident, you may be wondering what to do. If you are in a car accident, there are some important tips to remember that can help you get proper care and to protect yourself legally.
If you’re in a car accident, you should do the following:
- Call the authorities — immediately contact the police. Not only can they help secure the scene and ensure everyone gets the medical attention they need, but they can also help document the scene and determine who or what caused the accident.
- Document the scene — take photographs of the accident, exchange information with the other parties involved, and get witness statements, if available.
- Contact our car accident attorneys — we can communicate with your insurance company on your behalf to ensure that you don’t admit fault or sign something before you should, and helping you to seek financial restitution should you need to.
- Seek medical attention — some injuries from car accidents can take weeks and even months to manifest symptoms, so always get examined by your physician to identify potential issues.
With help from our attorneys, report the accident to your insurance company — insurance companies will often try to get you to sign statements or release the other parties from blame, but we can ensure the accident is fully investigated before any resolution occurs.
How to Deal with Your Insurance Company
Make sure that you have an experienced personal injury attorney to help you navigate conversations with the other driver’s insurance company. Remember that the other driver’s insurance company’s main goal is to pay out as little money as possible by demonstrating that you may have been at fault for the accident and that your damages or injuries are minor–even nonexistent. Therefore, they do not have your best interests in mind. However, your personal injury attorney will stand up for your interests.
Remember, you are not required to talk with the other driver’s insurance company. When the other driver’s insurance company reaches out to you after the accident, do not give an official recorded statement or sign a medical authorization form. The purpose of these recorded statements is to lock you into a certain version of events, including the extent of your injuries and property damage. However, what you know or feel can easily change just days after the accident as more injuries and damages become apparent.
Anything you say to the other driver’s insurance company can serve as a basis for their company not to pay you anything, or to reduce the value of your claim.
Car Accident FAQs
What are the costs of a car crash?
Our attorneys understand that auto accidents come with physical, financial, and emotional costs.
The physical costs of an auto accident can be catastrophic. Injury to the spinal cord or back can lead to traumatic brain injuries or paralysis. Severe burns, disfigurement, amputations, and wrongful death can be the result of another person’s negligence.
Medical bills can pile up. Insurance companies rely on your inexperience in order to minimize the amount of money they pay to you – whether it is by pinning a portion of the blame on you or downplaying the severity of your injuries.
Catastrophic injuries sustained in an auto accident can also come with serious emotional distress – in many cases debilitating anxiety, depression, or trauma – that may not be included in insurance settlements.
When should I contact an attorney?
Contact an attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, there may be evidence that needs to be collected that might not be available the longer you wait.
Do I talk to the defendant’s insurance company?
Do not talk with the defendant’s insurance company or the defendant. Many times, insurance companies will try to record your statement and later use it against you. A capable lawyer will handle all communications and paperwork with the insurance company regarding your injuries and how the accident occurred.
Do I have an auto accident case?
Because each case is unique, our car accident lawyers take a customized approach to each individual client. We have been helping accident victims for decades and know what it takes to ensure accuracy and fairness when resolving a claim.
What damages can I recover?
Our firm works on a contingency fee. That means there is no fee unless we recover compensation for you. Regardless of the case, no lawyer can promise you a specific monetary award, and the compensation available in one case will not necessarily be available in others.
However, we can usually pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Projected costs associated with chronic or permanent injuries
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)
Our experienced lawyers will explain the process to you with compassion and understanding. We’ll make sure our explanations are clear, and we’ll represent you with skill and passion.
How Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
Our firm has the experience and the resources to fully work up your case. We will front all costs and hire the best experts available.
We can help you by:
- Evaluating your case at a free initial consultation
- Establishing a plan of action and keeping you updated
- Investigating the crash and, if necessary, hiring an accident reconstruction specialist to prove fault
- Obtaining all medical records and bills
- Consulting with your treating doctors and other medical experts to provide an accurate understanding of the diagnosis of your injuries including what will happen to you in the future
- If necessary, hiring vocational experts to assess loss in earning capacity due to new physical restrictions and life care planners to help you plan for the future
- Put together a demand for settlement, which will be approved by you
- If negotiations are not fruitful then we will litigate your case and guide you through the process. However, most cases do settle before a trial is necessary
Because each case is unique, our car accident lawyers take a customized approach to each individual client. We have been helping accident victims for decades and know what it takes to ensure accuracy and fairness when resolving a claim. Many times our clients cannot meet with us because they are in the hospital or bedridden. We will be happy to arrange to come to see you and we will take care of all of the paperwork.
If you are in need of a car accident attorney in Minnesota, reach out today and get a free consultation with one of our Minneapolis car accident attorneys at (800) 504-0281.