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If you have just been in an auto accident in North Dakota or Minnesota, it can be confusing to know what you should do next. The most important thing to do is seek medical attention. Even though injuries may seem minor now, you should not forgo seeing a doctor – waiting could lead to serious complications later on.

If it is safe to do so, take as many photos of the accident as you can, and make sure to record the contact information of all the involved parties, as well as any witnesses who may be willing to give a statement. Do not ever admit fault after an accident. That is for the insurance companies to determine after taking all the evidence into consideration.

The next step is also crucial: get in touch with a car accident lawyer in Fargo, North Dakota. I have 30 years of experience getting auto accident victims the fair compensation they are owed. I can answer any questions you may have regarding your accident and how to move forward.

What To Do After A Car Accident

Being in a car accident can be a stressful and anxiety-inducing affair. It’s important to take the appropriate steps to start the recovery process and seek indemnity for any car accident injuries.

Once you have checked yourself and others for injuries, you should do the following:

  • Seek immediate emergency medical attention if necessary
  • Gather the insurance and driver’s license information of the other drivers.
  • Contact the local authorities
  • Take pictures of the accident and any damage to your property as well as the property of others
  • Contact your insurance company and inform them of the accident

After you complete these steps, you should contact an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney in Fargo to represent you. In North Dakota and Minnesota, you only have a limited time to file a personal injury claim after a car accident. It is vital that you contact me as soon as possible to get started on your case.

How To File A Personal Injury Claim for a Car Accident

After an accident, you should gather the insurance information for all vehicles involved in the crash, write down witness reports and file a claim with your own insurance policy. Make sure you get medical treatment and follow your doctor’s advice. The next thing to do is to call an experienced auto accident lawyer who can advise you on the next course of action.

He or she can also help you complete a liability and medical investigation and can assist you with a settlement demand. You can decide to settle, or you can pursue a lawsuit with the help of your lawyer if the settlement doesn’t cover the cost of your expenses.

What Is The North Dakota Statute Of Limitations On Car Accidents?

North Dakota has a statute of limitations of six years, which starts on the date of your accident, for both injuries and damages to personal property. Keep in mind that the North Dakota statute of limitations on car accident cases means that you have a limited time to bring forward a car accident claim.

That also means you need to have your case reviewed by a reliable car accident lawyer in Fargo as soon as possible. While this may seem like a plentiful amount of time, once this time period is over, you may lose your chance to recover financial compensation.

You have nothing to lose by calling my office, as I work on a contingency fee basis, meaning I do not get paid unless I recover on your behalf. The sooner you get started, the more clear details will be, helping to make a stronger case to fight for fair compensation.

What Damages Are Available In A Car Accident In Fargo, North Dakota?

Types of damages I can recover include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of anticipated future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of income
  • Property damage
  • Emotional trauma
  • Rehabilitation costs

Should I Hire A Car Accident Lawyer?

Not all car accidents require a lawyer. If you are not injured, or minimally injured, the insurance claim may be easy enough to handle on your own. If you are severely injured or suffered the loss of a family member due to a car accident, however, hiring a Fargo car accident lawyer can bring you peace of mind, knowing that you have an experienced advocate fighting for your right to fair compensation while you focus on recovering.

Understanding Third-Party Passenger Claims

North Dakota is a no-fault car insurance state, meaning no matter who caused the accident, each person’s auto insurance pays for their own injuries and damages. The insurance of the driver in whose car you were sitting will likely cover your medical expenses up to a certain amount.

However, there is a threshold. In order to step outside the no-fault system and bring a claim against the other driver, the total necessary medical expenses you incurred because of the accident must be more than $2,500.

Additionally, if you or the covered person suffered “serious or permanent disfigurement or disability” that lasts more than 60 days, you could also make a claim against the other driver. In catastrophic injury cases, medical bills can cost someone thousands of dollars in medical bills, rehabilitation and lost wages, so it isn’t too hard to exceed the threshold.

The no-fault system only covers personal injury, however. If you also suffered property damage, you can pursue compensation from the at-fault driver in order to seek compensation for your destroyed goods.

How I Can Help You

When you get into contact with me, you’re taking the first step toward recovery. My firm offers free case evaluations, so you have nothing to lose. I am ready to listen to your story and provide you with much-needed counsel during this time.

Every journey begins with a single step in the right direction, and I hope that our excellent track record and eagerness to help lead you to take that step with Ruth Law Firm.

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If you live in the Fargor area on either side of the  North Dakota and Minnesota border, call 701-581-9098 or contact my firm online to schedule a free consultation at my Fargo law office.