Car accidents in Minnesota

Canadians Involved in Car Accidents in Minnesota

Minnesota is a beautiful state neighbouring Canada’s southern border.  It is filled with majesty and shares wonderful cross border community ties. Unfortunately while travelling through the great state snowbird car accidents happen.

Minnesota is a “modified comparative fault” state. You can only sue for pain and suffering and for any financial losses when your level of responsibility for the cause of the accident does not exceed that of the other party (or parties) involved. This is a concern for only the drivers of a car.  In most cases passengers are rarely responsible for an accident.  This is somewhat true when referencing pedestrians and bicyclists.

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When can you pursue a claim against the at-fault driver?

If you have suffered serious or catastrophic injuries arising from an accident you always need to speak to a lawyer.  The facts of the accident need to be reviewed.  Your lawyer will determine if this is a case you should proceed with.  In Minnessota also has an injury threshold.  You are eligible to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the accident if you suffer or have incurred damages such as:

  • Permanent injury or disfigurement;
  • More than $4,000 in medical expenses, services or products (not including diagnostics like x-rays or MRIs);
  • Disability lasting for more than 60 days; and
  • Death

Like most US states, Minnesota motorist have very small $ car insurance liability and PIP policies. Canadians in all likelihood will need to look to their own car insurance policy for protection. For example, if the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, a lawsuit or claim must be filed against your Canadian car insurance policy.

In all situations claims must be submitted to your car insurer for SAB or PIP benefits.  This can get complicated but it revolves around your contractual rights.  SEE ‘Canadian Snowbird Information‘.

Minnesota Statute of Limitations

Every state has its own time limits for bringing a personal injury claim.  Minnesota limitation statute varies according to the type of claim. Knowing which statute of limitation applies under state and federal law is critical.  If a lawsuit is not brought within the time limit that applies to the case, your right to sue and recover damages is lost.

 Here are a few considerations:

Automobile/Motor Vehicle Accidents – within six years of the date of the accident.

Bicycle, Motorcycle, Pedestrain, Truck, Death, Accidents – within six years from the date of the accident.

Railroad/Train Crossing Accidents– within two years from the date of the accident.

Since 1981, has been helping seriously injured accident victims get the treatment and care they need to recover from their injuries. We understand it is not only the injured party that may require assistance, but as often loved ones that face significant challenges and financial hardships in helping the accident victim.

Cross Border Car Accidents in Minnesota are Complicated. We arrange for you to consult with some of the best Personal Injury Attorneys who are familiar with cross border accidents. They work collaboratively with other lawyers and attorneys in various jurisdictions in order to protect you and your family’s legal rights and remedies.

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Harry Sieben has been with his law firm for 50 years. It has been built into one of Minnesota’s largest and most successful personal injury law firms by fighting for the rights of injured people. Harry has conducted jury trials that have resulted in record verdicts. He has recognition from state and national organizations for his success. He has consistently been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer honoree and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Martindale Hubbell, the most respected directory in the legal community, gave Harry a 5.0 AV Preeminent rating for professional skills and ethics – the highest designation available. Harry served 14 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives, including 4 years as Speaker of the House. He also served in the U.S. Army and the Minnesota National Guard, leaving service as a Major General. He continues to serve the military as an adviser to the Secretary of the Army in the position of Civilian Aide to the Secretary.

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