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Car Accidents

Grand Forks Car Accident Attorney

Injured in an Auto Accident in Grand Forks, ND?

Car accidents can be life-altering events, leaving victims with physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial burdens. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Grand Forks, you need compassionate and experienced legal representation to help you navigate through the complexities of personal injury law. At Maring Williams Law Office, we understand the challenges you may face in the aftermath of a car accident, and we are here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to seek justice and recover the compensation you deserve.

Call (701) 402-6644 or contact us online to request a free consultation.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

A car accident, also known as a traffic collision, occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or stationary object. Car accidents can happen for various reasons and may result in varying degrees of damage, injury, and even fatalities. Understanding the common types of car accidents can help drivers stay vigilant and take precautions to avoid potential risks on the road.

Here are some of the primary factors that contribute to car accidents:

  • Distracted Driving: One of the leading causes of car accidents is distracted driving, which involves any activity that diverts a driver's attention away from the road. Common distractions include texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, eating, or interacting with passengers. Even a momentary lapse in concentration can result in a serious accident.
  • Speeding: Driving at speeds higher than the posted limit or too fast for road conditions significantly increases the risk of accidents. Speeding reduces a driver's ability to react to hazards, extends braking distances, and amplifies the force of impact in collisions. Excessive speed is a contributing factor in a significant number of fatal crashes.
  • Impaired Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a major contributor to car accidents. Impaired drivers experience reduced coordination, impaired judgment, and slower reaction times, making them more likely to cause accidents. Even small amounts of alcohol or drugs can impair driving ability and increase the risk of crashes.
  • Reckless Driving: Reckless driving behaviors, such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and disregarding traffic signals or signs, significantly increase the likelihood of accidents. Reckless drivers often exhibit aggressive behaviors that endanger themselves and others on the road.
  • Driver Fatigue: Fatigued driving, often caused by inadequate sleep, long hours behind the wheel, or untreated sleep disorders, impairs a driver's alertness, reaction time, and decision-making ability. Fatigued drivers are more prone to drifting out of lanes, missing traffic signals, and falling asleep at the wheel, leading to accidents.
  • Poor Weather Conditions: Adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, ice, fog, or high winds, can create hazardous driving conditions and increase the risk of accidents. Reduced visibility, slippery roads, and decreased traction make it more challenging for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles and react to sudden changes in traffic.
  • Vehicle Defects: Mechanical failures or defects in vehicles, such as faulty brakes, tire blowouts, steering malfunctions, or electrical system failures, can contribute to accidents. Poorly maintained vehicles are more prone to experiencing mechanical issues that can compromise safety on the road.
  • Poor Road Conditions: Road hazards, such as potholes, debris, uneven pavement, or inadequate signage, can create dangerous conditions for drivers and increase the likelihood of accidents. Poorly designed or maintained roads contribute to a significant number of crashes each year.
  • Inexperienced Drivers: Inexperienced or novice drivers, including teenagers or newly licensed drivers, lack the skills and experience needed to navigate complex driving situations safely. Inexperience behind the wheel can lead to errors in judgment, improper maneuvers, and an increased risk of accidents.
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Laws: Violating traffic laws, such as running red lights, failing to yield the right-of-way, illegal passing, or improper lane changes, can lead to accidents. Disregarding traffic regulations increases the likelihood of collisions and endangers the safety of all road users.

North Dakota Car Accident Laws

North Dakota follows a fault-based system for car accidents, meaning the at-fault party is responsible for the damages resulting from the accident. The at-fault driver's insurance typically covers the damages, including medical expenses, property damage, and other losses.

North Dakota follows a modified comparative fault system, which means that if you are partially at fault for the accident, your compensation may be reduced proportionally. However, if you are found to be 50% or more at fault for the accident, you may be barred from recovering any compensation.

North Dakota law requires drivers to report accidents involving injury, death, or property damage exceeding $1,000 to the North Dakota Highway Patrol or local law enforcement within 72 hours.

Navigating the legal process after a car accident in North Dakota can be complex, especially while dealing with injuries and damages. Seeking guidance from our Grand Forks car accident attorneys at Maring Williams Law Office can help accident victims understand their rights, navigate insurance claims, and pursue fair compensation for their losses.

To request a free case review, contact us today at (701) 402-6644.

Successful Verdicts & Settlements

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  • Car Accident and Tractor-Trailer Accident $2.25 million

    Our client was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a semi-tractor on a highway.

  • Rear-Ended Car Accident $2.35 Million

    Our client was rear-ended while stopped on the highway and sustained significant injuries to his back, ribs and lung.

  • Car Accident $5.3 Million

    Our client suffered severe injuries in a head-on automobile crash when her vehicle was intentionally struck by a vehicle operated by her ex-boyfriend.

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