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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: "At-fault" accident, Petty misdemeanor citation, full coverage-SF, no tickets past 10yrs. benefits outweigh atty fees?

Just trying to find out if I can get an advocate near MSP South metro area to help my mother through this rear-end accident. Willing to pay if short/long-term benefits outweigh upfront cost.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Sep 5, 2019

You don't provide enough information. Feel free to call my cell - 612-401-5488

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: Got a ticket from an accident.

I was heading home on a county road. The truck ahead of me went around a large combine. I checked and decided to pass as well. When i got by the combine, I looked in the rear view mirror and then looked forward. The guy that had passed in front of me had practically stopped to negotiate his turn... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 30, 2019

Try reposting under the Traffic Tickets category. Under Car Accidents, your post may have gotten overlooked.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: Can a 12 year old boy go to jail for fighting a girl for the first time
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 19, 2019

Unlikely unless there were significant injuries. However everything depends on circumstances--what do witnesses say, who started with the fighting part etc.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: Witnessed my neighbor's dog get hit by a car and die instantly - driver left the scene but lives nearby. Illegal?

I obviously let my neighbor know immediately and she is devastated. I am wondering if we should call the cops or if there is nothing they could/would do about it. I have seen the car before and know they live in the area. Is this a crime? Should I get the car's license plate number? Or is there... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 9, 2019

Yes. It is something that can be reported to law enforcement. It is animal cruelty.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: When can I meet/discuss my case with the attorney instead of dealing with the paralegal?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 16, 2019

If you wish to discuss your case with an attorney, you could simply ask. However, in many firms, until a case is developed to the point of being prepared for depositions and other pre-trial activities, it is often paralegals who are most familiar with the file. Paralegals gather much of the initial... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: When should you be able to discuss your case with the attorney instead of the paralegal?
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 12, 2019

A suggestion would be to inform the office respectfully that you’d like to speak directly to the attorney about a particular matter. Sure accommodations could be made. Every firm handles this differently. Good luck to you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Minnesota on
Q: Ok I was in a car accident where the other driver was issued a careless driving ticket and police report says I wasn't a

I wasnt at fault the police report says the other peoples insurance said they determined that we were both at fault. And wont pay. So I took the driver to small claims court and won my claim. Now does the insurance company pay the settlement I was awarded or what

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 14, 2018

They'd better. However if you were hurt you may have a claim for your injuries that should have been made part of the case.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: There is a bad snow storm happening with significant wet snow. I was trying to make the turn onto my street.

I was driving very slowly but there was no stopping, the car kept sliding on slusshy snow and hit the pole holding the street names. The pole tilted a bit. Not realizing how much damage had happened to my car, I drove the one block to my house. Now, I can see the extent of the damage and it is... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Dec 1, 2018

You could call and check with police. Whether they want to respond directly may depend on the amount of damage to the sign pole. You may want to check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage, and whether they need a police report. They might not other than a hit & run hitting you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: In Minnesota rear ended vehicle breath test given .. passed no ticket issued but received one in Mail ticket

Date and time on ticket are incorrect

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 21, 2018

Not clear what you received a ticket for, if it is a no point may as well pay it, if it's a point violation or DUI you need to get with an attorney who handles tickets in the Court that will hear the case--plead not guilty, drop off the not guilty plea with any payment, get with an attorney. Small... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: I got a ticket and was in an accident 2.5 years ago. I’m trying to get onto my works auto insurance. Anyway to clean up?

I want to get my record cleared 6 months earlier then the 3 year normal period.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jul 20, 2018

There is no way to age traffic violations on a person's drivers license record with Minnesota Department of Public Safety, faster than time passing in the normal way.

The only way to solve that problem would be to file a motion to reopen the case with the court, get the court to allow that,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: I own an old Ford pickup. The truck has considerable rust in certain areas, including the bottom of the bed.

The owner of a body shop told me the bed possibly could come loose and fall off. Could I be liable: If I were to sell the truck, after telling the buyer that the bed may be unsafe and therefore should be replaced - but the buyer never replaces it and the bed falls off several months later, causing... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 18, 2018

You'd want to put that in writing, have the buyer sign an acknowledgement, then it would be on them.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: Charged with driving after cancellation and inimical to public safety but cop didn’t read rights or have lights on I was

I was brought to jail released following day on promise to return to cort tommorow

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jun 12, 2018

You didn't complete writing your question. The officer is not required to read you your rights unless he/she is going to engage in custodial interrogation. Simply issuing you a ticket or taking you to the station does not require a reading of the Miranda rights. I don't know what you are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: I ran a stop sign and in a minor accident. Why do I have to go to court and what can i expect?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 28, 2018

Your summons should tell you what you were cited with. If you agree with the charges, usually paying the fine will avoid you having to go to court.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: My nephew, 24, lives with me and was hit by a car. He had xrays done at the emergency room. Injuries are minimal.

He has no car insurance, he's not a driver. They said auto insurance of another relative can be used? What? Why not his Health insurance.

D. Patrick McCullough
D. Patrick McCullough answered on Mar 13, 2018

Yes, if he does not have an auto and therefore no insurance of his own, some auto policy and if none then a state Assigned Claims for autos would provide No-Fault Auto coverage. This is a bit complicated and you should contact an atty to help you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: Hit head on who is at fault...

Stopped at rural mailbox facing south in northbound lane. Person heading north hit us head on while I was stopped on edge of road at mailbox. Who is responsible?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 26, 2018

Sounds like he is but I might be missing something. Like it was dark and your lights were out.If you were hurt, contact a member of the Mn Assn for Justice--they give free consults. Do not give recorded statements until then.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Workers' Compensation, Constitutional Law and Health Care Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can we sue someone for scaring us by a car?

I work in the traffic department as a traffic controller as they are no signals i have to stand in the middle of the street and guide ways to the cars. Once i was doing my job a car on purpose came fast as if he was about to hit me, neither he was going straight or left he was coming were i was... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 14, 2018

Did you report him to the police? Seems it violates several code sections. Can you sue him? Technically yes, but as that type of case is frowned on by the Courts I doubt it. If you have ptsd then see about having it documented.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: I backed into a parked car in a parking ramp. There maybe some damage. I am not sure if it was there before or not.

There was no damage to my car. I did not leave my insurance information. What can happen to me if the damage was my fault?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 2, 2018

Assuming it's a scrape, that would be for a garage normal wear and tear. Damage would be minimal, so I question the duty to report.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Good afternoon, Reckless endangerment. A woman is driving and rear ends a truck. Best outcome?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 28, 2017

For the woman--it's knocked down to inattentive. For the truck driver? Workers comp, wraparound wage loss, p.i. claim.

Serious enough charge that the woman should consult an attorney, the driver should contact a member of the the Minn. ASn for Justice--they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: I slid through a stop sign on a county road and as a result there was an accident involving two vehicles... not my car.

They made me stand in the below zero temperatures for two hours...never asked my side, did not investigate... then said he was citing me and told me to pick it up tomorrow... what can I do?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 23, 2017

He never got your side but you said as a result of what you did there was a wreck, so the problem is?..............sorry to be obtuse but I'm not getting it. See what the citation says. It may be a stop sign violation, it may be something else. If you don't believe you violated the stop sign law,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: Employees took car in for a wash and damaged my car. What can I do?

Took my car for a wash to a place where the employees drive it thru the wash. Went home after the wash and noticed that there is a $300 damage. We called the place and told them about it and now they’re saying that Bc we left, they can’t do anything about it. What can we do about this?

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Dec 19, 2017

Go to conciliation court (small claims court).

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