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Fargo Personal Injury Attorneys

Any kind of accident can be devastating, whether it’s a motorcycle accident, a car wreck, or even an accident involving a defective product. Knowing that your accident was caused by the negligence of another party can make things even worse.

If this happened to you or someone you love, you’ll need to get in touch with a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Doing so will be your best – and possibly only – chance of obtaining the money you deserve from those responsible for your suffering.

At Sand Law, we have a team of passionate attorneys who know how to win. We’ve established a long track record of success in a wide range of personal injury cases, and we’re ready to do the same for you. If you would like to learn more about us, or you would like to schedule a free consultation, use our online contact form or give us a call at 701-609-1510.

Personal Injury Accident Statistics: US vs. North Dakota

Some of the most common types of accidents that result in personal injury cases involve vehicles. Here’s a brief look at how often car, truck, and motorcycle accidents occur in the U.S. and North Dakota.

  • In 2019, more than 36,000 people died in car accidents in the U.S. – a rate of 11 fatalities per 100,000 people. There were 100 fatalities in North Dakota that year, a rate of 13 deaths per 100,000 residents.
  • There were 5,005 U.S. fatalities due to truck accidents in 2019. In North Dakota, 21 truck accident fatalities occurred, – 15.6% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes were large trucks.
  • U.S. roads have never been deadlier for motorcyclists. In 2020, 5,458 motorcycle fatalities occurred – the highest number on record. Tragically, North Dakota was not spared, as 11 bikers lost their lives.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury-related death in North Dakota.
  • In 2021, there were 14,417 motor vehicle crashes in North Dakota, resulting in 101 fatalities and 3,184 injuries.
  • Of those injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2021, 1,714 were hospitalized and 139 were permanently disabled.
  • Vehicle occupants without a seatbelt account for the largest percentage of fatalities in motor vehicle crashes in North Dakota. In 2021, 51% of people killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
  • Falls are the second leading cause of injury-related death in North Dakota. In 2021, there were 185 deaths from falls in North Dakota. Of those killed in falls in 2021, 65% were age 65 or older.
  • Work-related injuries are the third leading cause of injury-related death in North Dakota. In 2021, there were 10 work-related fatalities in North Dakota.
  • The most common types of work-related injuries in North Dakota are strains, sprains, and tears.
  • Agriculture is the industry with the highest fatality rate per 100,000 workers in North Dakota.
  • Construction is the industry with the largest number of preventable fatal injuries in North Dakota.
  • Children and adolescents are at increased risk for injury. In 2021, there were 13,938 injuries to children and adolescents in North Dakota.
  • The most common types of injuries to children and adolescents in North Dakota are falls, motor vehicle crashes, and sports-related injuries.
  • Older adults are also at increased risk for injury. In 2021, there were 13,465 injuries to older adults in North Dakota.
  • The most common types of injuries to older adults in North Dakota are falls, motor vehicle crashes, and hip fractures.
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What is a Personal Injury Accident?

A personal injury accident is an accident that results in bodily harm due to someone else’s negligence. It could be a trucking company failing to check a truck’s brakes, which fail and causes a severe injury. It could be a distracted driver causing an accident. Here are just a few examples.

Car Accidents

Thankfully, most car accidents are typically minor fender-benders. One person exchanges insurance information with the other, they file a claim, and that’s about it. Other times, however, car wrecks are anything but minor, leading to severe injuries or worse. Most of the time, accident victims will have to hire personal injury attorneys in order to get the compensation to which they’re entitled.

Truck Accidents

While car accidents are often minor, a truck accident will typically result in horrible consequences. The main reason is the sheer size difference between the vehicles involved. Many times, trucking accident attorneys will find that not only the truck driver is to blame but also the trucking company and the manufacturer of a part that failed.

Motorcycle Accidents

Even though the open road is awesome, bikers know they’re at risk every time they go for a ride. There are many differences between motorcycle and car wrecks in that the motorcyclist will more often come out with much more severe injuries. Motorcycle accident attorneys know how to deal with some of the unique complexities involved with these kinds of collisions.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

No one should have to worry about being struck by a car when they’re on a leisurely walk, or taking their bicycle out on a gorgeous spring day. Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents occur far too often. At Sand Law, we have an extensive amount of experience helping pedestrians and bicyclists injured through no fault of their own.

Dog Bites

As much as we love dogs, they can sometimes act in horribly dangerous ways. A dog bite attack can be severe, leading to a lifetime of debilitation – or even worse. If this has happened to you, you will need the help of an attorney who knows how to hold negligent dog owners accountable for a victim’s injuries.

Slip and Fall Accidents

There’s nothing much more frightening than to suddenly have your feet come out from under you and hit your head on an unforgiving surface, such as a hard grocery store aisle. These kinds of accidents are usually due to someone failing to make sure a highly trafficked area is completely safe. When this happens, a seasoned slip and fall attorney can make that negligent party pay.

Medical Malpractice

Before a medical malpractice accident happens, most people trust doctors implicitly. They have no reason not to. Unfortunately, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals make mistakes or act with negligence. When they make a mistake that results in an injury, it’s called medical malpractice. These mistakes aren’t made with the intent to harm.

Common examples of medical malpractice include medication errors, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, birth injuries, surgical errors, and more.

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places for our senior relatives. Unfortunately, sometimes abuse or negligence may occur. Abuse can be physical, mental, financial, or sexual. Common examples of nursing home abuse include yelling at or harassing residents, physically injuring residents, manipulating money away from them, or neglecting their needs.

Daycare Abuse

Daycares, unfortunately, aren’t all perfect safe havens for our children. Some of them have less than the best standards when it comes to care and hiring. While some direct abuse occurs in daycares, negligence is often the cause of accidents. Children may be malnourished because a caretaker forgets to feed them. They may fall and hurt themselves on the playground because someone isn’t watching.

Injuries Caused by Personal Injury Accidents

When someone is the victim of one of the types of accidents listed above, the effects can last for the rest of their life. These kinds of injuries typically don’t get better on their own – they require years of extensive – and expensive – treatment. These are just a few examples of the kinds of catastrophic injuries that can occur due to negligence.

How to File a Personal Injury Claim

Your first move after being injured – after getting the medical help you need, of course – should be hiring a personal injury attorney. A legal representative will get to work investigating the accident, uncovering the evidence needed for you to be able to recoup your damages or losses. These include tangible losses, such as medical bills and lost wages, as well as intangible, so-called “non-economic” damages. Pain and suffering, and mental anguish are just two examples.

How Much Will My Settlement Be?

No reputable personal injury attorney will ever promise a client that they’ll win their case, much less win a specific amount of money. However, seasoned legal representatives will have a general idea of how much your case will be worth. Factors that will determine your case’s value include the severity of your injury, your lost present and future income, and the type of treatment you’re receiving now – and the treatment you’ll likely need for the near and distant future.

Do You Need to Hire an Attorney?

The simple answer is “yes.” Again, an experienced attorney will provide your best chance of obtaining fair compensation. Sand Law has a team of such attorneys, and we’re ready to help. Call 701-609-1510 or contact us online for a free case review.