Minnesota has many communities that are tremendously inviting to people seeking to travel by foot. Unfortunately, all pedestrians are susceptible to serious injuries when they are involved in accidents with motor vehicles.
Walk Score measures the walkability of a city on a numerical index on a scale from 0 to 100 based on a variety of factors.
According to Walk Score, the city with the highest Walk Score in Minnesota is Minneapolis. Other cities rounding out the top 10 list included St. Paul, Hopkins, Richfield, Columbia Heights, St. Louis Park, West St. Paul, and South St. Paul. The lowest-rated city was Ramsey with a score of 6.
Were you injured or was your loved one killed in a pedestrian crash in Minnesota? You will want to contact JD Haas & Associates as soon as possible. Call (952) 345-1025 today to schedule a free consultation.
What You Should Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Minnesota
The walkability of a city may increase the potential for a pedestrian accident as more people spend their time outside. Conversely, if a city has a low ranking due to issues like a lack of sidewalks or safe walking paths, these dangerous situations could contribute to more injuries. No matter where you live, pedestrian accidents do happen, and it’s crucial that you know what to do in their aftermath.
If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian crash, the first thing you should do is make sure to seek medical attention. This true even when a person does not think he or she was hurt as some injuries involve delayed symptoms. Being evaluated by a medical professional will ensure you are aware of injuries you may not even know you sustained.
Additionally, you want to create a medical record immediately. Insurance companies often use delays in treatment to argue that a victim’s injuries were not as severe as claimed.
Victims will also want to immediately contact authorities to file police reports. In some cases, negligent drivers may flee the scene of the crash. You should never attempt to chase these drivers.
Instead, let law enforcement agencies conduct these searches and take appropriate legal action since leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injuries is a criminal offense in Minnesota.
Pedestrian Accident Damages in Minnesota
Pedestrians injured by motor vehicles can be entitled to certain benefits under Minnesota’s No-Fault Act. State law provides that basic economic loss benefits recoverable under the Act include all reasonable expenses relating to medical care.
Additionally, people can be entitled to compensation for lost income, usually up to a maximum of $250 per week. When a victim is unable to perform certain household services, he or she could be entitled to an additional $200 a week.
Find a Minnesota Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or your loved one suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian crash in Minnesota, contact JD Haas & Associates as soon as possible. Our firm also assists families with wrongful death cases stemming from pedestrian accidents.
You should avoid speaking with an insurance company until you have legal representation. In many cases, negligent parties and their insurers will claim that victims themselves are to blame for their injuries. Your answers to seemingly innocent questions may contain admissions that are very damaging to your case.
JD Haas & Associates can represent you in all negotiations with insurance companies and fight to get you all of the compensation you are entitled to. Call (952) 345-1025 or contact us online today.