Blog Posts

On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in car accidents on Friday, April 29, 2016.

In our previous blog post, we discussed how important it is for drivers to focus on driving instead of other things like cellphones and passengers. Distracted driving accidents can be very serious accidents that lead to severe injuries. We know that people who are struck by a distracted driver might be mad. You can turn that anger into action by filing a claim for compensation.

When you decide to seek compensation for a distracted driving accident, you will need to gather evidence that can back up your side of the events. This can include showing the factors that were components of the accident. For example, if the person who struck you was on the phone or texting at the time of the accident, you need to show that as part of your case. This can be done by presenting cellphone records in court.

Other evidence, such as police reports and medical records, might also be necessary. Essentially, you should gather anything you can that will show that the other driver caused the accident, that the accident led to your injuries and that you suffered damages because of the injuries you suffered.

We understand that trying to gather all of the information you need in your case can seem overwhelming. We can help you to get the information, such as cellphone records, that can be used to show what really happened at the time of the accident. Ideally, we would like to start gathering the information and evidence for your case as soon as possible after the accident.

What factors can contribute to motorcycle accidents?

The joy of the open road can only be fully experienced on a motorcycle. With that joy comes significant risks because of the other motorists who are on the roadway, as well as other hazards. While other drivers are a huge safety risk for motorcyclists, there are other hazards that can be just as dangerous.

What are the factors that can lead to motorcycle accidents?

The compact size of motorcycles compared to cars makes them more difficult to see, which makes visual recognition a possible hazard since motorcycles are often difficult for other drivers to see. Wobble accidents, which occur when there is a misalignment between wheels is a hazard that usually occurs at higher speeds. Road hazards, such as oil slicks and potholes, can also lead to motorcycle accidents.

Do motorcyclists cause accidents?

It is possible for motorcyclists to cause an accident; however, two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that also involve another driver are caused by the actions of the other driver. In many cases, the motorcyclist is following proper safety protocol when the other drivers on the road aren’t.

Can motorcyclists seek compensation for injuries?

Even though motorcyclists know that there is an increased danger when riding, they can still seek compensation if they are injured by another driver. Oftentimes, the motorcyclist will have to show that the other party was negligent in a way that led to the accident. If the accident wasn’t caused by another driver, such as if there was a motorcycle defect, the motorcyclist can often seek compensation from the liable party. Learning what parties to hold liable is an important part of your case.

Places to look for evidence of fault in a car accident

On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in car accidents on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

The question of fault is one that almost always comes up when you are seeking compensation for a car accident. This determination can have an impact on the compensation that you are likely to receive, so it is crucial that the information is accurate. There are several places that you can turn to for information that supports your claim about fault.

One important thing to consider is the type of accident that occurred. If you were rear-ended, the driver who slammed into your vehicle will almost certainly be considered to be the driver at fault. If your car’s rear panel sustained damage and the other driver’s car’s front panel sustained damage, chances are good that the other driver was at fault. In all of these cases, the circumstances of the accident and the evidence would show who was at fault.

In some cases, you can turn to the police report to determine fault. This report could have some very important information in it, such as if traffic citations were issued in connection with the accident. If the other driver got a ticket, there is a good chance that your case would be strengthened by that fact.

Even if there isn’t a single piece of evidence that notes which driver was at fault, you could still use the information in these places to back your claims. It is important that you understand how to do this if you are considering a claim like this. You have to be sure that you know how to use the available evidence in a way that proves your points.

What types of damages might I seek in a personal injury case?

On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in car accidents on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Seeking compensation after a car accident is one way that victims of the accidents can try to recoup the money they had to spend because of the accident. These damages are divided into two broad categories — general damages and special damages. Knowing the basic differences between these two types and finding out how to determine which apply to your case are important in personal injury cases.

What are general and special damages?

General damages are ones that are classified as non-economic. These would include pain and suffering, loss of companionship, mental anguish, emotional distress and disfigurement or impairment. Other non-economic damages are also possible. Special damages are those that are associated with an economic harm. These include medical bills and lost wages.

How are these damages determined?

General damages are determined by pulling together several points. These can include the time you needed to recover, the severity of the injuries, the location of the injuries and the ongoing effects of the damages. Special damages can be determined by adding up medical bills and figuring out how much you would have earned if you didn’t have to miss work. It can be a bit more complicated to determine the future care costs for an injury since there aren’t bills to add up for these.

As you can image, determining how much to seek in a personal injury case can be difficult. If you are facing the prospect of seeking compensation, you should make sure that you understand how these amounts are going to be factored up in your case so that you know what is going on.

Seat belts save lives in motor vehicle crashes

On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in fatal motor vehicle accidents on Friday, September 30, 2016.

By now, most people know that seat belts can save lives. In fact, Minnesota lawmakers understood the importance of seat belts and passed laws into effect that make it mandatory for the driver and all passengers in the vehicle to wear a seat belt or be properly restrained in a safety seat.

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for people who are 1 to 54 years old. Seat belts can help to prevent deaths, but many people opt not to wear them when they get in a vehicle.

Not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense in Minnesota. While the fine is only $25 for not buckling up, the cost of your life might be the price you pay if you are in an accident and not buckled up.

In 2014, there were 21,022 occupants of passenger vehicles killed in motor vehicle accidents. Over half of people who were killed in the 13 to 44 year age range were unrestrained at the time of the accident.

On top of the risk of death from being unrestrained during an accident, people who don’t wear a seat belt are also at risk of being injured. People who are 18 to 24 have the highest rate among adults of non-fatal injuries during motor vehicle crashes.

If you lost a loved one in an accident or if you were injured, you might opt to seek compensation. Before doing so, you might want to find out if and how seat belt usage might impact your claim.