Driving in North Dakota is often fun, as you can catch beautiful views and enjoy the wind blowing through the open windows of your car. However, North Dakota roads can also hold many potential dangers for drivers, whether it be inclement weather or other drivers recklessly operating their vehicles.
Getting into a car accident can be stressful and devastating, and if you are the victim of a wreck in North Dakota, you may be entitled to recover compensation. The legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to work with you on your case. Contact us at(800) 223-5115 to schedule a free consultation regarding your auto accident case. A North Dakota car accident lawyer may help you recover damages.
Common Types of Car Accidents
Common types of wrecks on North Dakota roads include:
- Rear-End Collisions: Getting hit from behind may give you whiplash or other injuries, especially if the driver behind you was traveling at a high rate of speed.
- Rollover Accidents: These accidents often occur on an interstate, highway, or at an intersection. Speed is often a factor.
- Large Truck Collisions: Large commercial trucks such as dump trucks, 18-wheelers, or flatbeds cannot stop as quickly as other vehicles. If the driver is negligent, collisions with other cars may happen.
- T-Bone Accidents: Also called side-impact collisions, these happen when a car slams into the side of another car. Since most cars do not have side airbags, passengers often absorb the full force of the impact.
- Head-On Collisions: These may happen when a driver gets on the interstate going the wrong way.
- Single-Vehicle Crashes: A one-car crash could happen due to speeding or inclement weather.
- Sideswipe Wrecks: Other drivers could drift over into your lane and swipe against your car.
Car crashes can be caused by road factors or negligent behaviors from other drivers such as:
- Distracted Driving: If a driver takes their eyes off the road for any reason, that means they are not looking at your car or any other nearby vehicle. They may look down at their radio, reach down for a cup of coffee, or glance at their phone to read a text message.
- Reckless Driving: Speeding, changing lanes without signaling, and other forms of reckless driving often contribute to motor vehicle accidents.
- Driving Under the Influence: Driving a car while drinking or taking other drugs impedes a driver’s ability to stop or even notice other cars.
- Failure to Stop: If a driver fails to follow proper procedure at a stop sign or a traffic light, then they could cause an accident.
- Road Hazards: Large potholes, items that fall into the road, or other issues with the road may lead to a wreck.
- Inclement Weather: North Dakota receives a lot of winter weather, which means roads can be slippery due to snow or ice. If a driver operates their vehicle recklessly or incorrectly, then they could cause a collision.
How a Lawyer May Help After a Car Accident
After a car accident, you or others in the car with you may have received severe injuries, and you need to be able to recover from those without the additional stress of fighting with the other driver and their insurance company. Hiring a North Dakota car accident lawyer can provide you with many benefits.
First, your lawyer will be the primary point of communication between you and the other driver. This takes a lot of that stress away from you, leaving you to recover from your injuries and the trauma of the crash. Your lawyer will also put together everything that is needed for your case, including witness statements, traffic camera footage, photos of the accident scene, medical records, and more. These can help prove your case and the negligence that led to your accident.
Your attorney will also make sure your case is filed in time to avoid the statute of limitations expiring. In North Dakota, you have six years to file a claim, according to North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) §28-01-16, which is more time than in most states, but it does not mean you should wait any longer than necessary to decide on filing your claim.
North Dakota Negligence Laws
In North Dakota, comparative negligence laws dictate that the plaintiff can recover damages so long as they are assigned less than 50 percent of the blame for the accident, according to NDCC § 32-03.2. If you have any more of the blame assigned to you, then you are ineligible to file for compensation for the accident. Your lawyer will try to get your blame reduced if you have any assigned to you, as the amount of your award will be reduced by the percentage of that blame.
Types of Compensation You May Receive
Once you show that you can collect compensation for the accident, there are certain types that you can file for. Your lawyer will talk with you about how much you should claim and what you should include, for things such as:
- Lost Wages
- Future Earning Potential
- Medical Costs
- Estimate of Future Medical Bills
- Pain and Suffering
- Wrongful Death
Call Us for More Information
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in North Dakota due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and personal property damage. Contact the legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free consultation about your case. In practice for more than 35 years, we fight for our clients and get them the compensation they deserve. We are available to take your call at (800) 223-5115, where our representatives can connect you with a North Dakota car accident lawyer.