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MINNEAPOLIS TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWYER FIRM-INJURY ATTORNEY SUCCESSES – Schmidt-Salita Law Team

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Injury, Workers Comp, & Wrongful Death Lawyers

(952) 473-4530

MINNEAPOLIS TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWYER FIRM-INJURY ATTORNEY SUCCESSES

The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorney Firm, has a long and distinguished record of successfully handling trucking accident cases.

The following are examples of the successes of the firm in trucking accident cases:

1. $2.2 million in Trucking Collision.

2. Truck Tire Defect Case Results in Recovery against BF Goodrich.

3. Recovery for Trucker Burned in Semi Truck Fire.

4. $600,000 Settlement with Ford Motor for Pickup Truck Fire Death.

5. $250,000 Recovery When Semi-Truck Collision with Bicyclist.

6. $430,000 recovery for auto driver rear-ended by Mack truck.

7. Blind Spots Create Special Hazards Causing Trucking Accidents.

8. Unsafe Loads Cause Trucking Injuries and Death.

Injuries Caused by Commercial Trucks-The Higher Standard of Care
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$2.2 million in Trucking Collision.

The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Lawyer, has a 30 year track record of success in trucking accident cases.

There are over 5000 truck accidents each year with a disproportionately higher percentage of fatalities. Trucking accidents typically cause more than 5000 deaths per year.

The percentage of trucking accidents involving drunk truck drivers is extremely low with 1% or less of all fatal truck accidents being attributed to drunken truck drivers.

It has been estimated that 75% of all truck accidents are caused, not by the truck driver, but by the negligence of the driver of other vehicles involved in the collision.

One of the most successful trucking accident cases handled by the Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorney, involved a northern Iowa farm boy who was riding as a passenger with his father in a livestock truck that was involved in a collision with another semi-truck on Interstate 90 near Fairmont, Minnesota.

In a complicated series of claims which involved both the liability insurance on the trucks and a workers compensation claim, Schmidt produced a total recovery of nearly $2.2 million dollars.

The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Lawyer, has 30 years experience in successfully handling injury and wrongful death cases resulting from car and truck accidents, as well as workers compensation claims.

Truck Tire Defect Case Results in Recovery against BF Goodrich.

A fatal accident in North Carolina resulted in the death of a northern Iowa trucker when the tire on the right front steering axle had a “blow out”. The tire had been manufactured by B. F. Goodrich tire company and was on of a White Freightliner semi-truck.

This incident occurred as the truck was passing over a causeway over Lake Norman just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. As the result of the “blow out”, the truck was violently pulled to the right and went into the water. The trucker and his co-driver were both drowned.

A lawsuit was filed in Federal Court in Sioux City, Iowa. The suit was a wrongful death claim, brought on behalf of the family of the trucker. The suit, which was based on product liability, was brought against both B.F. Goodrich and White Freightliner, the manufacturers of the tire and the truck.

Schmidt assembled a team of experts, including an expert in truck tires, to support the claim. The suit was successfully settled after Schmidt convinced the lawyers for both defendants as to the validity of the case.

Recovery for Trucker Burned in Semi Truck Fire.

A Marshall, Minnesota truck driver was seriously burned in a collision of two trucks when the saddle tanks on his semi-truck burst into flames. The truck driver, who was represented by Douglas E. Schmidt of the Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorney, was able to escape even though he sustained serious burn injuries. His co-driver died in the fire.

The collision occurred when the semi-truck driven by Schmidt’s client, collided with the rear of another truck which was a semi-truck tractor, traveling “bob tail” (without pulling a trailer) that had no rear lights. Schmidt’s client came over a hill and only saw the other truck when it was too late to avoid.

The collision ruptured the saddle tanks of the truck that was being operated by Schmidt’s client and the diesel fuel exploded in flames, causing a major fire.

Suit was filed against the other truck driver and Navistar, the manufacturer of the truck that was being driving by Schmidt’s client. A settlement was obtained from Navistar and the case went to trial against the other trucker. The claim against the other trucker was settled after 2 days of trial, thus avoiding the need for a decision by the jury.

This case was yet another of many cases of trucking accidents and products liability claims that have been successfully handled by the Schmidt Law Firm, which has 30 years experience in trucking accident cases and products liability claims.

$600,000 Settlement with Ford Motor for Pickup Truck Fire Death.

Collisions involving semi-trucks, straight trucks, construction trucks and trailers, and pickup trucks have all been the subject of successful claims handled by the Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Lawyer.

One of these involved a wrongful death case which asserted a products liability claim against Ford Motor Company. In this case, Douglas E. Schmidt, the senior trial lawyer at the Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorney, took on the giant, Ford Motor Company and came away with a $600,000.00 settlement for his clients.

The case involved the roll-over of a Ford pickup truck whch was loaded with a camper. In heavy winds, the pickup tipped over onto its side and slid along the asphault surface of the roadway. The truck was built with a gas cap filler that protruded from the side of the truck. As it slid along the surface of the roadway, the gas cap came off and the contents of the gas tank spilled onto the roadway. The gas was ignited by the sparks of the metal scraping on the road surface. The passengers died in the fire.

Schmidt enlisted the services of one of the country’s top automotive engineers. They conducted tests which proved that the gas cap would come off 8 out of 10 times that the pickup tipped over onto its side.

This case not only brought justice for the family and resulted in Ford changing its design so that gas filler caps no longer protrude, but instead are recessed with a protective door.

The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Lawyer, has been a leader in products liability claims. It has successfully recovered, for its clients, against such corporate giants as B.F. Goodrich tire company, General Motors, John Deere, Inbternational Harvester, Dow Chemical and Rockwell International.

$250,000 Recovery When Semi-Truck Collision with Bicyclist.

Douglas E. Schmidt of the Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorney, recently negotiated a successful settlement for a St. Paul, Minnesota woman who was hit by a semi-truck as she was riding her bicycle at an intersection in St. Paul. She was, at the time, crossing at a cross walk. As she did so, she passed in front of a U.S. Postal Service semi-truck. The trucker was in the process of attempting to make a right turn on a red light and did not see Schmidt’s client. As a consequence, her bicycle was knocked over and she was pushed along the pavement before onlookers alerted the truck driver’s attention to the problem.

The client sustained injuries to her leg which required skin grafting.

The case was a difficult one for many reasons. Principal among them was the fact that the claim was against the U.S. government and had to be brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act which forbids the filing of any lawsuit without first going through the process required by the Act.

Schmidt’s client had no No Fault insurance. Because the truck was owned by the U.S. government, it did not have No Fault insurance.

Despite these and many other obstacles, Schmidt successfully negotiated a settlement without having to take the case to court.

The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Lawyer, has over 30 years experience in over 6,000 successful cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. Many of these cases have involved trucking accidents where the victims were both the truck drivers themselves and also people who were injured or killed in truck accidents.

$430,000 recovery for auto driver rear-ended by Mack truck.

People often say, “It was like getting hit by a Mack Truck’ when they want to explain the tremendous force of the impact. In recent accident, a Minnetonka Minnesota man did get “hit by a Mack truck”.

He sustained injuries to his neck and back, his shoulder and his knee. Douglas E. Schmidt of the Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorney, prosecuted the case and produced a settlement, without having to go to court, in the amount of $430,000.

The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Lawyer, has a long and successful record, over 30 years, of prosecuting cases involving truck accidents. These cases involve car-truck collisions, truck to truck collisions, as well as cases involving injury due to unsafe loads, defective truck tires, and the products liability cases involving trucks.

Blind Spots Create Special Hazards Causing Trucking Accidents.

Large semi-trucks have “blind spots” where the driver’s visibility of other vehicles is either limited or totally absent. One such blind spot is directly ahead where the engine compartment conceals objects directly ahead of the truck. Another blind spot is that of a car which is along side the truck and inside the scope of the rear-view mirror. For that reason, it is necessary for truck drivers to have special skill in the use of their mirrors and to be especially vigilant for other traffic, including cars, motorcycles and bicycles as they are approaching and may be entering the trucker’s blind spots. Most driver’s training courses for commercial truck drivers involve extensive training in the use of the rear-view and side view mirrors. Many large commercial trucks have several large mirrors, each with special features that allow for different .

“Blind spots” are a special hazard involved in truck driving and are the cause of many trucking accidents. The Schmidt Law Firm has handled many cases involving blind spots where the truck driver was unable to see another car or a bicycle.

A recent case handled by the Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorney, involved a blind spot where the trucker did not see the bicyclist. This case involves a lady who was riding a bicycle through a cross walk in St. Paul when the driver of a large US Postal Service semi-truck decided to take a “right turn on a red light”. The result was that the lady, who became a client of the Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Lawyer, was struck and knocked over. She and her bicycle were pushed by the truck a distance of approximately 60 feet. It was a miracle that she was not killed.

In yet another case, a semi-truck didn’t see the small car as it switched lanes, crushing the small car between two semi-trucks.

In a case currently behind prosecuted, the truck driver lost sight of a car ahead that was partially hidden from view by the engine compartment of the truck.

The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorney, has a long and successful record, over 30 years, of prosecuting cases involving truck accidents.

Unsafe Loads Cause Trucking Injuries and Death.

The collapse or shifting of unstable loads on trucks has been the subject of a number of cases which have been brought to a successful conclusion by the Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Lawyer.

In one such case, a Minnesota farmer sustained severe neck and back injuries when he was struck in the top of the head by a 90 pound hay bale that fell from the top of the load of hay bales that had been brought by truck to his farm. This occurred when the driver untied one of the ropes which had secured the load without warning the farmer before doing so. A successful recovery was obtained from the insurance company of the trucker.

In another case, a construction worker was crushed by many large glass crates which tipped over, in a domino effect, when he was attempting to unload an entire truck load of glass crates at the construction site of a commercial building that was under construction in Bloomington, Minnesota. The case was successfully settled against the glass manufacturer. Schmidt proved that the load was loaded onto the truck in such a way that it was virtually impossible for it to be safely unloaded. To do so, Schmidt enlisted the expertise of an expert in the field of “material handling”, a field of expertise which is actually taught as a separate major in some colleges and universities.

The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorney, has 30 years experience in over 6000 successful cases in bringing justice to the victims of personal injury and wrongful death. This track record includes the successful handling of a number of trucking accidents and construction site accidents.

Injuries Caused by Commercial Trucks-The Higher Standard of Care
The victims of personal injury and wrongful death in accidents involving commercial trucks should seek a lawyer who is skilled and knowledgeable in handling commercial trucking cases.
Cases involving commercial trucking accidents are substantially different from typical auto accident cases because of the many regulations which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation and enforced by the various states. These regulations, which typically also have been adopted by individual states, are set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The FMCSRs contain many regulations, the primary purpose of which is to promote the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles, including both the tractor and the trailer which is used in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property on highways. These regulations are important in the handling of injury and wrongful death cases involving trucks because they establish the many laegal responsibilities and legal liabilities of trucking companies.

In addition to being responsible the safety of their trucks, commercial carriers are required to ensure that their drivers comply with the safety regulations, even when those drivers are not direct employees. The truck drivers themselves are professionals, and are required to comply with regulations that require them to inspect their vehicles and to exercise “extreme caution” in difficult driving conditions.
These regulations prohibit the operation of any vehicle in a condition that will likely cause an accident or breakdown. The regulations include strict inspection standards.
The regulations include strict requirements as to driver conduct. Drivers are required to perform basic safety inspections of their rigs and are held to a higher standard of care in the operation of their truck, particularly when the weather is bad. Under 49 C.F.R. § 392.14, extreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions, such as those caused by snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. If conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued.
The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Lawyer, has 30 years experience in representing the victims of trucking related injuries and wrongful death. It has represented the families of truckers who have been killed in trucking accidents, including a case against B.F. Goodrich tire company with regard to a defective truck tire. In 2008 alone, the Schmidt Law Firm obtained a $430,000 settlement for the victim of a collision by a Mack truck and successfully obtained a jury verdict in a case involving a large road construction tractor-trailer unit with a total recovery of over $200,000.

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