Anoka/Elk River Personal Injury Lawyer, Attorney
The law firm of Malzahn Law, Ltd. has devoted its practice exclusively to representing victims of injury accidents for over 25 years. We have experience helping people injured in car accidents, semi-truck accidents, wrongful death cases, no-fault law, premises liability claims, and dog bite cases.
Most people, when injured, find themselves struggling to contend with insurance companies, medical bills, wage loss, etc. The injury team at Malzahn Law, Ltd. is capable and ready to handle your injury cases, and assist you in obtaining a successful recovery. For more information about your particular legal needs, contact us for a free consultation. Click on the links in the practice areas for further information pertaining to your specific case, and send in a query for a case consult. See below for information on the first 5 things to do following a car accident.
Our law firm is committed to providing personal injury victims with aggressive advocacy and sensitive support to obtain serious results. Our team gives one-on-one attention to your needs. We focus on understanding your case while providing a safe and comfortable environment. We aggressively pursue settlements both in and out of the courtroom. Contact our Anoka/Elk River personal injury lawyer, Mark Malzahn, to discuss your case. We offer a free consultation so you can have your case evaluated by a top personal injury lawyer in Minnesota.
PARENT / TEENAGER DRIVING CONTRACT
For over 25 years the law firm of Malzahn Law, Ltd. has seen the unfortunate and lasting results of serious injuries. Many times the injuries involved new and inexperienced teenage drivers. As a means to help the families of new or teenage drivers, we are offering the “parent/teenager driving contract,” with the idea that this contract may be of some benefit or help for families of new drivers. Just click on the link to download the contract and fill in the blanks where appropriate.
Click here (PDF) to download the Parent / Teenager Driving Contract.
THE FIRST 5 THINGS TO DO FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT
Seek proper medical attention. Car accident injuries can range from minor to catastrophic. Regardless, it is important that you seek proper medical attention immediately following a car accident. There may be hidden or imperceptible injuries which are not immediately apparent that can become serious or even life-threatening. Additionally, the sooner a person obtains proper medical care and treatment, the sooner the healing process begins and the more effective it becomes. For further discussion on this topic including compensation for medical bills, see our information on Minnesota No-fault Law.
It is proper to summon the police to an accident scene as soon as possible. The police are trained to respond immediately to begin the process of caring for any injury. Thereafter, the accident scene is secured to prevent further accidents, and then an on scene investigation is commenced to determine how the accident occurred. By law the police are required to complete an official State Traffic Accident Report form. This form is used by every insurance carrier for numerous reasons including verifying that an accident took place, determining the parties involved, and reaching an initial determination as to which party was at fault for the cause of the accident. Once the police arrive on the scene and the initial physical health/injury concerns have been addressed, be sure to explain to the responding law enforcement officer the proper measures you took to avoid an accident, and the conduct of the other involved driver which led to what caused your accident.
Photographs are a vital piece of evidence in every accident case. It is recommended that photographs of the damage to all of the involved vehicles be obtained prior to their repair. Normally 10 – 20 photographs should be taken using a camera with color film. The photographs should be immediately developed (one hour) to verify they are of high quality. If not, the process should be repeated. It is also suggested that a minimum of 20 photographs be obtained of the accident scene. Often times this is quite helpful when explaining or retelling the story of the accident many months, if not years later.
Regardless of whether you were fault-free, it is important that you do not initially give a recorded statement to any insurance company. This includes your own insurance company as well as the other involved driver’s. Your own policy of automobile insurance requires that you cooperate, and provide a statement at their request. However, it is suggested that prior thereto you simply consult with an attorney. Insurance companies are professionals as they are involved in the business of auto accidents every day throughout the year. Many times they do not have your best interest at heart, and by providing a recorded statement, you could be innocently, and unknowingly harming your case. Consequently, the best approach is to obtain a free legal consultation before speaking with insurance representatives.
Consult with a personal injury attorney. When faced with a car accident, a person is immediately faced with making numerous important decisions regarding their own physical health, financial welfare, and very possibly the welfare of their loved ones. Complicating this decision-making process is the competing interests involved, namely, the other involved parties, their insurance company, and your insurance company as well. Under these circumstances, many people are naive, never having been through this process before. The best approach when faced with all of the above is to make an informed decision. For a free consultation, contact the personal injury lawfirm of Malzahn Law, Ltd. for help – we’re on your side.
FREE CASE CONSULTATION
Our law firm represents clients throughout Minnesota. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed, contact Mark W. Malzahn today for a free case consultation. With offices in Anoka and Elk River, we have a location near you. Call our Anoka office at (763) 421-2160 or our Elk River office at (763) 441-4040 and speak to attorney Mark W. Malzahn.