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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.

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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... 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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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: The place I got my treatment for my car accident asked me to fill out a doctor's Lien does that meant the old ones no go

The place I got my injury help at my car accident I feel like they overcharged me I was recently told I can request my money from my lawyer if there isn't a letter of protection or a lean I know there isn't a letter of protection and the lien paper they gave me is not fully filled out and... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 15, 2017

You want to look at the wording carefully--show it to a lawyer. He should insert a "reasonable" into the charges, and watch out if your state limits what can be charged in car crash cases. Finally, check the dr. out--if you think they overcharge maybe it's time to go elsewhere.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: If I leave my car at the mechanic and don't pay, what happens? I live in Minnesota.
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 20, 2017

They have what is called a mechanics lien. Resolve the bill!

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: I was involved in an accident at fault with no insurance. There was property injuries, no bodily injuries. Worse case sc

Want to know what the worse case scenario would be for me in the state of mn?

Thanks

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2017

Because you can have a suspension or worse, depending on the facts, you should get a consultation from an attorney who handles traffic violations in the court for the county where it happened.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and DUI / DWI for Minnesota on
Q: If a warrant served after accident only listed 'blood', is a forced urine sample inadmissible since urine wasn't listed?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 8, 2017

Depends what you mean by "forced" urine sample. If they got a cup and you filled it without them doing the tarantella on your bladder, then it's not forced. But if it's serious enough for a warrant it's serious enough for you to get a hold of a minnesota criminal lawyer. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: Hi I just have a question about a car accident Thank you.

My mom got in a car accident last month. She was at a stop, but the car behind her kept running which eventually hit her, and pushed her car to hit the cars in front of her. Now, the car insurance claimed she's the one at fault, since her car is the most damage. The one who is actually at... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Dec 7, 2016

When involved in a car accident, the insurance company's job is to make the settlement as cheap as possible AND put the blame on you! NEVER go up against an insurance company alone. Hire an attorney to hold the insurer responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Minnesota on
Q: I was involved in an accident in which I was at fault, while driving someone else's car. How can I take responsibility?

The owner of the car was not present during the accident. I was driving. The owner's rates have gone up because of this and I have now heard that she is at risk of being sued. I want to do the right thing and take the responsibility away from her and on to myself.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 22, 2016

The insurance of the car you were in automatically covers the case, so nothing you can do there. They will provide her with defense if she is sued. Normally you would be sued. She is only at fault if she knew in advance you weren't a good driver.

So she is not personally liable. She...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: If I gift a car to someone and they don't transfer the title, am I responsible if they get into an accident still?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 11, 2016

You should notify your insurance. Short answer is it depends on your state's law. You would have a third party claim or cross claim against them if you are sued.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: in minn. can a tow co. keep my personal property that is in my car until i pay the initial $588 fee i cant afford?

there are no illegal actions alleged in this event on my part. the state patrol found it necessary to have car towed "without regard for the owners expense" as state patrol proper procedure states. car was in ditch locked and unattended.i did not have a phone to call for help after i hit... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 14, 2016

First, try the state police--as to getting your stuff. Second if you have collision that should cover tow and storage. Third, if you can borrow the money then argue--at 35 a day before you know it it's over 1k. Better to have the car, then argue than have a gigantic bill and if you lose the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: I WAS IN A PACK PACKING LOT AND I PULLED IN FRONT OF AN EMPTY SPOT AT A 45 DEGREE ANGLE LIKE BUT NOT PAST THE SPOT.

STARTED TO BACK UP AND ALL THE SUDDEN I HEARD A CRUNCH NOISE. A YOUNG GIRL WAS TRYING TO PULL IN SAME SPOT.HERFRONT BUMPER BY HER HEAD LIGHT HIT THE VERY LEFT CORNER OF MY MY LEFT REAR BUMPER ON MY 98 CORVETTE WHO IS AT FAULT

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 29, 2016

Depends on position. If you had stopped and had your turn signal and backup lights on, then it's on her. Also, she should have honked her horn. On the other hand, "I heard a crunch" says that you weren't looking in your side & rearview mirror.What if there had been a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: how long do i have to get my car out of the ditch on a us interstate highway before the minn.state patrol can tow it?

i hit a deer on 35w about 6am and ended up in the ditch. i did not have a phone to call for help and i tried to clear the grass and could not move the car so i walked to a nearby house to get help. the homeowner gave me a ride to my sons house about one and a half miles away.i cannot afford towing... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 18, 2016

Did you leave a note?Your contact information? Generally on any limited access highway the police can tow any unattended vehicle--even an attended one if a tow hasn't been called.You need to contact a bankruptcy attorney so you know what to do to save your house, and an attorney that handles... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: I was in an auto accident, the driver isn't the insured or the owner - who do I take to court? owner, insured and driver

I have the insurance company name and they are saying there was no insurance coverage at time of accident

I have the name of the driver

I have the name of the owner

and I also have the name of the insured of the vehicle

How can I get addresses for the owner and... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Nov 16, 2015

A local injury lawyer can help work through all the details.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: My dog was leashed up in our front yard. A motorcycle went by and the dog broke his collar and ran into the motorcycle.

I have home owners insurance and my agent said I am covered up to $300,000 worth of damages to the bike and medical. The motorcyclist has a lawyer. Can he sue me for loss of wages, emotional distress, or pain and suffering? It was a complete accident and I had no way of knowing the dog was going to... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 30, 2015

If he makes a claim for his damages, let your insurance handle it. They are obligated to defend and pay covered claims up to policy limits.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: I have had two accidents, one a car accident in February of 2014 where I was rear ended.

The insurance company has paid my medical bills and reimbursed Medicare, The adjustor has been calling requesting a settlement. Do I need an attorney as I am not sure if Medicare has been fully reimbursed, also what I am not sure what my rights are.

The second accident was a fall at the... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 14, 2015

You should definitely consult with a local injury lawyer about your rights and options. Most offer free consultations, so you are not obligated to hire them.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: I was hurt in a car accident caused by someone running a red light. I am broke. I need help suing the driver.
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Aug 31, 2012

I am sorry to hear of your accident. I hope you are recovering. I would immediately contact a Minnesota attorney. Make sure that you file a police report with your version of the accident, get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses, and make sure that if the defendant was charged with... Read more »

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