The calendar has turned to June, and that means summer road trips and other excursions across the state. The good weather also means we have ideal traveling conditions, which leads to higher speeds and more traffic on the road. Because people are traveling at higher speeds and more drivers are on the road, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has declared the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the “100 deadliest days on the road.”
We tend to handle more car accident lawsuits in the summer, and we think it’s important that drivers are aware of their rights so that they can get the compensation they deserve following an automobile accident. Below, we take a closer look at getting compensation during peak car accident season.
Car Accident Injury Compensation in Minnesota
There are four main contributors to the increase in automobile accidents during the summer:
Speed – No snow and ice on the roads means people are traveling at faster speeds, which decreases stopping ability.
Reckless Driving – Racing, driving without a seatbelt and texting while driving are all more common when road conditions appear ideal.
Drunk Driving – More daylight and better weather contribute to situations where alcohol is involved, and if you get behind the wheel, you’re an accident waiting to happen.
Increased Number of Drivers – Finally, with more drivers hitting the road on the weekend, there are more chances for fender benders and major accidents.
If you’ve been in an automobile accident, your lawyer is going to look at the above factors to determine how to best pursue compensation. Although Minnesota is a no-fault state, which means that even if someone else caused your accident, your insurance company will pick up the tab, that doesn’t mean the other party is off the hook for additional damages. If you’ve accrued more than $4,000 worth of medical expenses, suffered a permanent injury, scar or disfigurement, or have been subjected to 60 or more days of disability, you can bring a third party claim against the other party. These claims cover additional aspects of your case, like pain and suffering or related non-economic damages.
After a car accident, it is in your best interest to hire a law firm that has a history of winning third party car accident cases. At Hey Workers, we’ve been doing that for years. Not only will a lawyer take care of your case so you can focus solely on your recovery, but they also know everything that needs to be filed in order to put together a valid claim. For example, you’ll need to provide proof of expenses, medical reports, injury-related bills and expert assessments and testimony if you are trying to claim pain and suffering or similar damages. We can get all these documents in order while you focus on your health.
For more information about getting compensation from a car accident, whether you’re in a vehicle or struck as a pedestrian, please give the experienced and professional team at Hey Workers a call. We’d be more than happy to go over all your options and explain your best course of action. For more information, reach out to our office today.