DISPUTE OVER WHO’S FAULT – AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYERS
In many of the car crash cases our attorneys handle, there is no dispute about who caused the accident. Most of the time, it is a rear end accident, or there are witnesses that will say who was at fault. However, there are always some auto accident cases where it is just one person’s word against another’s. In other words, the other driver may deny causing the accident even if he did it.
Here is an example of one Minnesota auto accident case our attorneys worked on where the other driver said he was not at fault.
The collision occurred on November 12, at about 7:30 p.m. Both cars were on Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Our client was on his way home after shopping at Wal-Mart. Although it was dark out, the roads were well lit. At the time of the collision, our client and the other driver were both driving northbound.
Shortly before the car crash, our client had merged onto Brooklyn Boulevard from the 56th Avenue entrance lane. South of 56th Avenue, Brooklyn Boulevard has two northbound lanes. However, at the intersection, a third far right lane is created for traffic merging onto northbound Brooklyn Boulevard from 56th Avenue. This third far right lane is initially only accessible to vehicles entering Brooklyn Boulevard from 56th Avenue.
OTHER DRIVER DENIED FAULT
As our client entered northbound Brooklyn Boulevard into the far right lane, there were no vehicles ahead of him. Soon after, however, the other driver came up from the middle northbound lane and started to pass our client. Suddenly the other car moved into our client’s lane, directly in front of him, while at the same time quickly slowing. This left very little space between our client’s vehicle and the rear of the other driver’s vehicle. Our client had no time to react and was unable to avoid hitting the other driver.
When our car accident lawyers contacted the insurance company for the other driver, the insurance company refused to pay for the damage to our client’s car. They basically would not take responsibility for the collision. They said that since our client hit their insured, the accident must be his fault. Unfortunately, our client was also injured in the crash and had to miss work for a period of time.
STORY DID NOT MAKE SENSE
Our MN car accident lawyers pointed out that the impact occurred primarily to the left front of our client’s vehicle. In other words, the collision occurred before the other driver was even fully in the far right lane. Our client had not quite reached the speed limit yet because he was still accelerating, having just entered Brooklyn Boulevard from the entrance lane. It appeared to our client that the other driver was intending to turn into the Cub Foods’ parking lot, as the entrance was a few feet ahead of where the other driver cut in front of our client.
Our top rated car crash MN lawyers are still working on this case. However, the property damage photos do not support the insurance company theory that our client rear-ended their driver while he was already in the far right lane. The positioning of the crash just prior to the Cub Foods’ entrance strongly supports our client’s statement that the other driver cut in front of him to make that turn. The other driver could have only entered the far right lane after 56th Avenue, and had to do so quickly after the intersection. He should therefore have yielded to our client’s right of way.
PROVING WHO WAS AT FAULT IN CAR ACCIDENT
The people in the other would have to testify that they also entered Brooklyn Boulevard from 56th Avenue. In addition, they would have to explain the property damage showing a collision on the driver’s side front of our client’s vehicle. If our client rear-ended them, the expected damage would be to the middle if they were already in the right lane. We are confident a jury will believe our client had no fault in causing this collision.
The other driver made an unsafe maneuver in trying to suddenly cut in front of our client to get into the Cub Foods parking lot. He is therefore responsible for the resulting damage. While we will probably win, it would have been better (and saved a lot of time and money) if the other driver just admitted the accident was his fault.
EXPERIENCED AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
If you are injured in a car accident in MN and the other driver is denying it was his or her fault, call our office and speak with our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation. At the Rochlin Law Firm, we have over 25 years’ experience representing hundreds of people injured in a car accident. Our top attorneys will discuss your auto accident case at our offices in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, or Woodbury.
A car accident lawyer will also meet people at their homes in St. Paul, Roseville, Brooklyn Park, Forest Lake, Anoka, Chanhassen, Chaska, Apple Valley, Burnsville, and other cities throughout Minnesota. Our primary focus is on making sure our clients get all the compensation they are entitled to. We never charge anything unless you receive compensation for your injury.