SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS MN
HIT BY SEMI TRUCK – MN ATTORNEY
This is a car semi-truck crash case a lawyer from our office handled a few years ago. A semi truck hit our client’s vehicle and pushed it into a guard rail, seriously injuring out client. The driver of the semi that hit our client’s car said that our client cut in front of him and slowed down. Fortunately, one of our top semi truck accident lawyers was able to direct an investigation of the crash which ultimately persuaded the insurance company for the truck that their driver was at fault.
Our client was on his way to work, driving his Ford Taurus. He was traveling southbound on Highway 52, in the right lane with his cruise control set at 60 miles per hour. At the same time, the semi truck driver was driving southbound on Highway 52 in the left lane. The collision occurred about a mile before our client’s exit. He had just started slowing down by tapping on the brakes to turn off the cruise control. At about the same time, the semi-truck moved into the right lane (the police report says the truck “drifted into the right lane as he was overtaking” our client) and rear-ended our client’s vehicle.
It is not surprising that the truck driver and the insurance company initially denied they were at fault. That’s why it is important to meet with an experienced semi truck accident lawyer early in a case like this because the investigation can be crucial to proving the case. Our top semi tractor trailer lawyers will interview witnesses and hire appropriate investigators and reconsructionists to make sure your cased is fully proved.
In this case, our semi-truck accident attorney was able to prove the other driver caused the accident based on the facts and by citing MN law. Pursuant to Minnesota law, violation of a traffic regulation is prima facie evidence of negligence. Minn.Stat. §169.96(b). In this case, our MN auto accident lawyers believed that a reasonable jury would conclude that the semi driver caused the accident by violating the following statutes:
Minn.Stat. § 169.18 Subd. 7. Laned highway. When any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules, in addition to all others consistent herewith, shall apply: (a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.
Minn.Stat. § 169.18 Subd. 8. Following vehicle too closely. (a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the conditions of the highway.
Minn.Stat. § 169.18 Subd. 8. Following vehicle too closely. (b) The driver of any motor vehicle drawing another vehicle, or the driver of any motor truck or bus, when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district, shall not follow within 500 feet of another vehicle. The provisions of this clause shall not be construed to prevent overtaking and passing nor shall the same apply upon any lane specially designated for use by motor trucks.
MN CAR TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Our semi truck accident lawyers in MN reviewed the truck driver’s statement. The truck driver claimed that our client moved into the left lane to cut in front of him, realized there was not enough room and had to quickly move back into the right lane, and then overcorrected in the right lane causing the accident. However, there was no evidence to support the semi driver’s version of what happened, and there was evidence to support our client’s version. First, because our client was only a mile from his exit and had to get off in the right lane, he would have no reason to be speeding up or trying to cut ahead of the truck in the left lane. In fact, our client was getting ready to slow down and exit in the right lane. Second, when the truck insurer’s investigator asked the semi driver why our client didn’t have time to make the lane change, suggesting there must have been an upcoming intersection, the semi driver said there was not an immediate intersection ahead and gave no explanation as to why our client couldn’t complete the alleged lane change. Third, the patrol officer and the state trooper responding to the scene cited the semi truck driver for improper lane use and driver inattention. We assume that the driver pled guilty and paid his fine which we would use to prove he had already admitted fault once for his truck causing the crash.
If you are injured in a Minnesota car crash caused by a semi truck, please call our office and speak to one of our top lawyers. Our car accident lawyers have handled many cases throughout MN where crashes are caused by semi trucks. There is no charge for an initial consultation with an experienced injury accident attorney, and we never charge anything unless you are compensated for your injury. We have offices in Minneapolis, Woodbury, Edina, and St. Louis Park where you can meet with a lawyer if a semi hit your car. An auto accident lawyer will also come to your home to discuss your lawsuit against the semi truck that hit if you live in St. Paul MN, Roseville, Anoka, Maple Grove, Bloomington, Burnsville MN, Albert Lea, Forest Lake, Chaska, Chanhassen MN and other cities throughout the state.