Pringle & Herigstad, P.C.

North Dakota Car Accident Attorney

Car Accidents in North Dakota

After you have been injured in a car accident caused by another's negligent behavior, it is important that you act quickly to hire a Minot auto accident attorney. At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we provide personalized legal care to our clients, ensuring you receive the quality representation you deserve.

If you have been hurt in an auto accident, make an effort to take the following steps:

  • Photograph and document all of the details you can as soon as you can, such as eyewitness accounts and license plate numbers.
  • Immediately seek medical care, regardless of the extent of your injuries.
  • Speak with an experienced North Dakota car accident lawyer.

To learn more about how a car accident attorney in Minot can help or to schedule a free consultation, reach out to Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. today at (855) 245-5100.

Car Accident Injuries

A car accident can cause serious injuries to all involved. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Head Injuries
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons and it's important for the safety of all those on the road, to understand how these accidents happen. Some common causes of car accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Poor road conditions

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver's negligence, don't hesitate to act. Contact our North Dakota car accident lawyers today to learn more about your legal options.

What Not to Do After A Car Accident

There are numerous steps that you should take after a car accident to protect your right to compensation. However, there are some things that you should avoid that would typically be used against you, even by your own insurance company. Knowing the things to avoid can help you in the long run and prevent you from falling prey to the insurance company’s tactics.

Here are some of the things that you want to stay away from after a crash.

Avoid Leaving Without Exchanging Information

If you leave the scene of the accident without exchanging information, there are multiple problems that may arise. First, it may prevent you from being able to take additional action against the liable party for property damages or in a third-party lawsuit.

Second, it may appear as though you committed a hit and run. This is an illegal act that can be dangerous for not only your claim, but for your criminal record as well.

Avoid Saying Sorry to the Other Driver

While you may be empathetic to what happened, even if you feel the accident was your fault, you should never apologize. Saying sorry is almost seen as an admission of fault in an accident. And while the other party cannot use this against you in a regular claim, your own insurance company may try to use this statement against you.

Avoid Social Media

While you may think your social media accounts are private, insurance companies have experts for this specific situation. What you post can be used against you. For instance, if you put in a claim with your insurance company for a back injury, but you’re posting activities that contradict this claim, the insurance company may try to devalue your injury or claim it didn’t happen at all.

Trust in our team to be the advocates to give you a voice and safeguard your rights every step of the way.

Insurance Matters After a Car Accident

If you're involved in a car accident in North Dakota, there are a number of insurance matters you need to be aware of.

  • First: If you are injured and need medical attention, you need to contact your insurance company as it is liable for your medical expenses up to at least $30,000. This is called "no-fault" coverage as it doesn't matter if the accident is your fault or not, the medical coverage is available. If you have medical insurance, your car insurer will coordinate with your medical insurer as to how the bills will be paid. Additionally, this "no-fault" coverage will reimburse you for a portion of any lost wages caused by the accident.
  • Second: If the accident is your fault, and someone is injured, your insurance policy provides liability coverage to protect you against any claims against you up to the limits of your policy. This includes the cost of hiring an attorney, which your company will do for you. So, you need to notify your company as soon as possible after an accident so it can do a proper investigation and protect your interests.
  • Third: If you are injured, and another party is at fault and that party has insurance, you may have a claim against that party, depending on the seriousness of your injury. The amount of your claim depends on many factors and legal representation is a prudent idea in that situation.
  • Fourth: If you have property damage to your car, the insurer of the driver responsible for the accident, or your insurer, if you have collision insurance, will be responsible for the cost of repairing your car.

What if the Other Driver is Uninsured?

If you are injured in an accident and the responsible party doesn't have insurance or doesn't have enough insurance, your liability policy may cover your claim under your uninsured or underinsured coverage. Typically, you have the same amount of this coverage under your policy as you do liability coverage so you are protected against drivers that either don't insure themselves or don't purchase enough insurance for the injuries involved.

Working to Maximize Your Compensation

After you have been injured in a car accident, seeking representation is the best thing you can do for yourself. Although money may not be the first thing on your mind, it will be soon. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be looking at thousands of dollars in expenses and filing a personal injury suit can help you recover damages to handle your costs.

We can work with you to recover damages for the following:

  • Medical and hospital bills
  • Recovery and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages (future and present)
  • Pain and suffering

Call (855) 245-5100 for a Free Consultation

With more than 100 years in business, we represent clients throughout North Dakota from our offices in Minot, Grand Forks, and Bottineau. We are committed to giving back to the community and providing compassionate care to injury victims in the area. Our North Dakota car accident attorneys are prepared to represent you.

To learn more about how we can help or to schedule a free consultation, reach out to a car accident lawyer in Minot today at (855) 245-5100.

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