Bloomington Car Accident Lawyer
When you’re hurt in a Bloomington car accident, there are things that you need to do in order to preserve your rights. You may have a right to significant compensation. If another driver acted negligently in a way that contributed to the crash, you may be able to recover for your damages.
Insurance Companies Deny Good Claims
Sadly, getting your compensation after an auto accident often isn’t just a matter of filing a claim with the insurance company. Insurance companies make more profit when they deny valid claims. That means that you might need to fight the insurance company to pay you everything that you deserve.
Sometimes, the insurance companies pretend to be the good guy. They might tell you that they’re going to pay your claim. Then, they send you a check for an amount that represents only a fraction of your losses. They hope that you’re just going to accept it, even though it doesn’t even begin to cover your losses.
How Jones Law Can Recover Your Losses After a Car Accident
At Jones Law, we have decades of experience representing thousands of injured accident victims. We know the games that the insurance companies play, and we know how to overcome those tactics. Our legal team has years of training and experience. The insurance companies don’t intimidate us, and we know what to do in order convince the court that the insurance company isn’t playing fair.
To recover for your losses, you have to be able to tell the court and the jury what your losses are. In other words, you must figure out what dollar amount represents your injuries, lost work, pain and suffering and other damages. Our team has done this before, and we know how to make sure that your claim receives its full value.
Because our Bloomington based law firm specializes in car accidents, we have the resources to prepare your case for the best possible outcome. We have a network of medical experts and valuation professionals that can place a dollar value on your claim. Whether your damages are large or small, we have the skills and experience to prepare your case in a way that’s effective.
Negligence in Bloomington Auto Accidents
Minnesota law requires you to operate your vehicle in a lawful way. That is, you must be careful and safe as you drive. Of course, drivers don’t always drive in a prudent way. In fact, they often fail to meet their duty of reasonable and prudent driving.
When this happens, the results can be tragic. Poor driving leads to thousands of serious injuries and deaths each year. Sadly, much of this is avoidable if drivers take reasonable care when they operate their vehicles.
Types of Negligence
Here are just a few of the many reasons that you might be entitled to compensation because of another driver’s negligent or careless driving:
- drunk driving
- reckless driving
- drag racing
- failing to signal
- failing to yield the right of way
- texting and driving
- running a red light
- failing to observe a stop sign
- following too closely
Where to Begin?
Our team works to obtain copies of any traffic crash report or police report that law enforcement prepares in your case. We don’t just stop there. We have our own accident investigators. Our Bloomington car accident attorneys conduct depositions. When it’s appropriate, we demand documents from witnesses and other parties who have relevant information.
Police officers often prepare their reports with different things in mind. When they do their work, they’re not thinking about your injuries or making sure that you get fair compensation. We take the work of law enforcement, and we build on it. Our own network of experts and investigators can make their own independent judgments to arrive at the full amount of your damages.
What Should I Do?
Many of the accident victims we talk to are surprised to learn about just how much they can recover for their losses. It’s important to speak with your experienced team before you sign any paperwork. The insurance companies want you to sign your rights away quickly before you speak to a lawyer and learn just how much you deserve.
Our team makes sure that you receive appropriate medical care. This care goes a long ways to help you document your injuries and losses. Once we get the real picture about your injuries, we can start to document your losses. Our trained professionals handle each step along the way, so that you know what to do and what to expect.
We Promise No Fees Unless You Win
You might think that you can’t hire a lawyer unless you can afford to pay for it. With us, that isn’t the case. We’re so confident in our ability to help you recover that we don’t charge you unless you win.
The reason we do this is because we don’t believe that financial concerns should stop you from getting the compensation that you deserve. When you’re an accident victim, you deserve justice. Jones Law has your best interests at heart. You don’t owe us a penny until you have a check in your hands.
Get to Work Quickly
The moment you’re hurt in a car crash, the clock starts on getting a claim filed for your injuries. You have a short period of time to file your claim. If you miss this time limit, your claim is barred forever. That makes it extremely important to contact us right away.
In addition to preserving your right to file a claim, starting your case as soon as possible allows us to begin collecting evidence. We want to talk to witnesses, take statements and conduct depositions while the evidence is still fresh. We want to direct you to the appropriate medical experts to document your claim. The sooner we can start working for you, the better.
Different Types of Car Crashes
Here are some of the types of accidents that we see most frequently:
- Motorcycles – Motorcycles don’t offer the same protection that a motor vehicle has to offer. Poor visibility can also be a problem with motorcycles. When a motorcycle crash occurs, the injuries can be very severe.
- Trucks – Commercial truck drivers are often under a lot of pressure to finish their route quickly. Too often, they speed and make other negligent driving errors. The results can be catastrophic. In these cases, an employer or manufacturer might share liability for a crash.
- Bicycles – Bicyclists have a right to share the road with motor vehicles, but the road is still a dangerous place for them. Bloomington is a beautiful place for cyclists, but they’re vulnerable to severe injuries when they’re in a traffic crash. Too often, drivers don’t pay enough attention, and the results to cyclists are devastating.
What if I’m at Fault?
Don’t make the assumption that you can’t recover if you may have done something wrong in the events that led to the accident. In many cases, you can still recover even if the crash is partially your fault. That’s because the law uses something called comparative negligence. The law looks at your fault and compares it to the fault of the others involved. Then, you can recover based on what percent of the crash is your fault.
You shouldn’t make assumptions about whether you’re entitled to compensation. An attorney can help you investigate the traffic crash and determine fault. Your attorney has years of training and experience when it comes to traffic crashes. We offer expert guidance as to your chances of success in your case. We can take the time to make sure that you understand comparative fault and how it might apply in your case.
Drunk Driving Cases
A case might involve one or more people who are caught drunk driving at the time of the crash. This may or may not determine who’s at fault and who can recover for the traffic crash. It’s important to consider whether the drunk driving caused the traffic crash.
If it did, it definitely plays a key role in determining fault. If the person’s drunk driving did not contribute to the traffic accident, it might not have much impact on assigning blame. Of course, the party caught drinking and driving may have to address criminal charges related to their behavior.
What About a Commercial License?
When a person involved in the traffic crash has a commercial license, there are a few special considerations. Commercial drivers have more responsibilities when it comes to driving carefully than the typical driver. Their legal limit for drunk driving is usually lower than for a non-commercial driver. If a driver causes a crash while on the job, the person’s employer might bear liability for your damages. At Jones Law Firm, we can help you make sure that you take advantage of all of these special considerations.
Vehicle Malfunctions and Design
Some traffic crashes aren’t caused by driver negligence at all. In some cases, a crash happens because a vehicle fails to work properly. In other cases, a vehicle’s design makes it likely to crash or cause injuries.
If a vehicle malfunctions in a way that contributes to a crash, you can look to the vehicle’s manufacturer or even the manufacturer of the specific part for compensation. Our team helps you discover if the vehicle is defective. We gather information about the vehicle’s design and function in order to determine if the vehicle posed an unreasonable danger when it entered the consumer market.
In the case of defective vehicle design, you don’t have to show that anyone acted negligently. Instead, car manufacturers should take care to design their vehicles in a way that doesn’t pose an unreasonable risk to the public. In cases where you’re not sure who’s at fault for the accident, we can help you determine fault as well as evaluate the case to see if a defective design is an issue.
Isn’t it Just Easier to Settle?
You may be tempted just to take the amount that the insurance company offers you and walk away. That might seem a lot easier than trying to convince the insurance company to pay you a fair amount. Even if the insurance company offers you a check right away, there’s a good chance that they owe you a lot more. A little bit of patience now can pay off later.
When you work with Jones Law, the insurance company knows that you mean business; having an auto accident lawyer on your side speaks volumes. They know that you’re not going to go away until you get justice. They know that you’re not willing to back down. Ultimately, when we work with clients, the end result is that they often receive much more than they might have received if they try to go it alone or if they just take the first check that comes along.
Even if the insurance company offers you a check, it’s important to speak with our legal team as soon as possible. That’s because the insurance company might try to stall you. If they’re able to distract you from filing your claim long enough, you can miss the statute of limitations in your case. If they’re successful in putting you off for long enough, it can mean that you’re never able to file a claim for the compensation that you deserve.
If you’re nervous about court, you should understand that the vast majority of cases resolve without a jury trial. We’ve worked with many anxious clients. Let us handle the legal work. If your case is in the small number of cases that goes to trial, rest assured that you have a confident team of lawyers marching into court to aggressively represent you.
Types of Damages
Your damages might be economic, non-economic or punitive. Economic damages mean medical bills, lost pay because you can’t work and other out-of-pocket expenses. Non-economic damages refer to mental anguish, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment. If you have permanent injuries, non-economic damages can compensate you for loss of use or other lasting problems that you have.
In Minnesota, if the other driver’s actions show deliberate disregard for the safety or rights of others, you might also be able to collect punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant as a punishment for the other side. They’re meant to convince the other side that they should change their behavior in the future. Punitive damages aren’t awarded often, and in some cases you don’t get to keep a punitive damage award.
Hiring a Minnesota Car Accident Attorney
When we represent a client, we go to work on the case the same day. We start by gathering all of the evidence that we can. We need to evaluate each piece of evidence in light of the Minnesota Rules of Evidence to make sure that we can use the evidence at trial. It’s often important to work with medical professionals quickly. We’re trained in all of the nuances of laws that pertain to traffic accidents, and we keep them in mind as we build your case.
Finally, we have the power of persuasion. Our tried and true methods are effective for negotiating with the insurance companies. Many times, we’re able to convince the insurance companies to pay you fairly even before you ever set foot in a courtroom.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a traffic crash, we invite you to contact us. Our team of experienced attorneys is happy to meet with you to answer all of your questions. Remember, there’s no fee unless you collect. Together, we can help you get the justice that you deserve.