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Hard-working Minnesota Truck Accident Attorneys

Did you suffer an injury in a truck accident in Minnesota? If so, you already know how life-changing these accidents can be. In the blink of an eye, a truck accident can turn your life upside down. When this happens, you deserve to have someone in your corner who can fight for you. You need a Minnesota truck accident attorney from Nicolet Law.

Semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents often cause severe, life-changing injuries. These injuries can result in burdensome medical bills, extreme physical pain, and debilitating emotional trauma. This can leave accident victims feeling powerless. 

However, trusting the right attorney for your case can mean the difference between dealing with a pile of medical bills on your own and having the resources you need to recover from catastrophic injuries. 

At Nicolet Law Office, we fight for victims’ rights across Minnesota. We are committed to guiding each of our clients toward a full physical and financial recovery. 

We have the skills, knowledge, and experience to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company—or take the case to trial, if necessary. When you work with us, we will empower you to step forward and secure the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Our Minnesota Truck Accident Lawyers?

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After a serious trucking accident in Minnesota, you may find yourself facing an uncertain future. Your time and your energy are better spent on your recovery and treatment - not on chasing down insurance adjusters. Let us handle the legal burdens for you, so you can focus on what really matters - rebuilding your life after a serious Minnesota truck accident.

At Nicolet Law, our mission is to help all injured accident victims obtain justice. We do this by holding negligent parties accountable for their actions. We are skilled negotiators and litigators who aren’t afraid to fight the tough battles for our clients. 

Our lawyers have collected more than 40 million for our injured clients over the last 14 years, and are a nationally recognized, award-winning law firm. While past success never guarantees future results, you can rest easier knowing you have a team of skilled and experienced trial attorneys in your corner. 

With offices in Duluth, Hibbing, Minneapolis and Woodbury, our Minnesota truck accident attorneys are available wherever your accident occurs. We can meet with you at one of our convenient Minnesota locations, in your home, or even virtually at this time. To better serve you and help answer your questions, we offer FREE initial consultations for all injured truck accident victims. 

Call us today to learn more about your legal options at 866-663-8774. We are available 24/7 and are here to help you through this difficult time. 

Understanding Minnesota Truck Accidents

In Minnesota, commercial truck accidents are common, especially in inclement weather. As winter approaches, roads, freeways, and bridges become icy and difficult to navigate. Semi-truck drivers must use extra caution when traveling through Minnesota. When they drive negligently, they can cause serious and fatal truck accidents.  

In 2017, more than 4,300 truck accidents occurred on Minnesota roads and highways. These accidents resulted in more than 1,300 injuries and 60 deaths. This was a 4 percent increase from previous years. 

A fully-loaded big rig truck can weigh up to 80,000-pounds. In comparison, the average passenger car weighs just 3,000-pounds. Due to the sheer size and weight of large commercial trucks, semi-trucks, and big rigs, occupants in passenger vehicles suffer the majority of injuries and fatalities. 

Minnesota Trucking Laws

The state of Minnesota has its own trucking safety regulations and laws. In addition, each truck driver and trucking company must also follow federal trucking rules and regulations outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. When they cut corners or break these rules and regulations, they can bear responsibility for truck accidents that occur. 


The Minnesota Department of Transportation outlines the various Minnesota trucking laws and regulations. One of those laws is that each truck driver must have a truck driving qualification file that includes:

  • Application
  • Past 3 years employment
  • Past 3 years driving history
  • Annual driving records
  • Annual certification of violations
  • Certificate for road test
  • Medical certificate

Truck drivers in Minnesota must also follow specific driving hours of service if they operate specific commercial vehicles. This means not driving over the recommended amount of time and taking frequent rest breaks. Other Minnesota laws include commercial driver’s licensing, record keeping requirements, and vehicle identification requirements. 


At Nicolet Law, our Minnesota truck accident attorneys know Minnesota trucking laws and regulations inside and out. This knowledge helps us provide the best representation for our clients after a serious accident. 

What Happens After a Minnesota Truck Accident

Immediately after a Minnesota truck accident, the trucking company and their insurers will go to work to minimize their liabilities. They may comb the accident site for evidence or even work to quickly get rid of black-box data. While they are working to build their case and protect their bottom line, you might be in the hospital fighting for your life. 

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a semi-truck accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer looking out for your rights and well-being during this time. The trucking companies will do everything they can to protect themselves, and the insurance companies will pull every trick in the book to avoid providing you just compensation. Thankfully, you can turn to the lawyers of Nicolet Law Firm during your time of need. 

Unlike the trucking or insurance companies, the trusted Minnesota truck accident attorneys at Nicolet Law care about more than our bottom line—we care about you and your recovery. When you trust us with your case, we will focus on leveling the playing field. We will work tirelessly to secure a settlement or jury award that provides you with compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages now and into the future. 

Our Minnesota truck accident attorneys will:

  • Gather evidence at the accident scene
  • Examine crash site and vehicles
  • Speak to eyewitnesses 
  • Obtain police reports
  • Work with your medical team 
  • Petition the courts to preserve black-box data
  • Obtain maintenance records and shipping documents
  • Review and preserve log books or other important crash documents

How Much is My Minnesota Truck Accident Case Worth?

After a truck accident, injured accident victims often want to know how much their case is worth. It is important to know that each case is different, and many factors determine how much your case is truly worth. At Nicolet Law, we work to evaluate your specific case and how your injuries will affect your life and your future. We then use this to push for the maximum compensation, so you have what you need to truly move forward in life after a catastrophic Minnesota truck accident. 

Some of the factors that will affect how much your truck accident case is worth include:

  • Extent of your injuries
  • Cost of medical bills
  • Estimate of future medical bills 
  • Pain and suffering
  • Amount of insurance coverage
  • Ability to work or continue in your profession
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Ability to continue your lifestyles


It is not uncommon for trucking accident victims in Minnesota to receive awards or settlements in the millions. However, to learn more about your legal options and how much your case might be worth, we encourage you to call our law firm and speak with one of our Minnesota truck accident lawyers. We can evaluate your case specifically and answer all your questions. 

Causes of Minnesota Truck Accidents

Many factors can contribute to a commercial vehicle accident. Our legal team thoroughly investigates every detail of a trucking accident to identify its cause and determine liability so that we can secure maximum compensation for our clients. 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the top 10 factors contributing to trucking accidents include: 

  • Brake problems: Defective or poorly maintained brakes can prevent a truck from stopping with enough time to avoid an accident. The FMCSA estimates that brake problems contribute to approximately 29 percent of trucking accidents. 
  • Traffic flow interruption: Previous crashes, traffic congestion, and other interruptions are the second leading factor contributing to truck accidents. 
  • Prescription drug use: Truck drivers must take regular drug and alcohol tests, but even prescription medications can impair a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle.
  • Traveling too fast for conditions: Winter weather hazards, such as snow, sleet, and ice, are especially dangerous for commercial vehicle drivers. Driving too fast under any of these conditions may lead to an accident.  
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway: Truck drivers frequently have to pick up or drop off cargo in areas they do not know. FMCSA data suggests that around 22 percent of truck accidents involve drivers who are unfamiliar with the route. 
  • Roadway problems: Poor road conditions play a role in many serious trucking accidents. Common hazards include potholes, uneven lanes, and work zones.
  • Failing to come to a complete stop: While standard-size vehicles have a stopping distance of around 316 feet, semi-trucks need about 525 feet to fully brake. Truck accidents often occur when drivers do not have enough time or space to stop.
  • Over-the-counter drug use: Like prescription drugs, some over-the-counter medications have the potential to affect a driver’s motor skills, judgment, and reaction time. 
  • Distracted driving: All drivers are susceptible to distractions, including cell phones, vehicle controls, food or drink, and external stimuli. Individuals driving commercial vehicles need to remain particularly vigilant. 
  • Fatigue: When a truck driver does not get enough sleep, drives too long without a break, or engages in strenuous nonwork activities, they can cause serious and fatal truck accidents. Truck driver fatigue is a leading cause of truck accidents in Minnesota. 

These accidents often result in death or catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, lost limbs, and fractures. At Nicolet Law Firm, we understand that these injuries can have long-term implications for accident survivors. We will settle for nothing less than the full compensation our clients need to recover. 

Who is to Blame in a Minnesota Truck Accident?

When an injured victim negotiates compensation after a Minnesota trucking accident, the process comes down to identifying the accident’s cause. This often involves the concept of negligence, or a failure to exercise reasonable care. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a common example of negligent driving. 

While truck drivers may cause serious accidents due to negligence, they can also share the blame with other entities. At Nicolet Law, our legal team will work hard to identify every party responsible for truck accidents in Minnesota. 

Some parties to blame after a Minnesota truck accident include:

Vehicle manufacturer. Manufacturers have a duty to produce parts and equipment that are safe for roadways. When accidents result from manufacturing defects or equipment failures, the truck’s manufacturer may be liable. 

Trucking company. A trucking company may be considered negligent if it fails to inspect or maintain its vehicles properly, sets unrealistic expectations for its drivers, or hires an inexperienced or unqualified driver.  

Owner-operator. An owner-operator is an independent contractor who owns a commercial vehicle. Although these individuals typically work for larger trucking operations, they are personally responsible for maintaining their vehicles. If equipment failure or poor maintenance results in an accident, the owner-operator may be held legally responsible. 

Cargo loader. Those who load cargo onto a truck are responsible for ensuring the load is secure. If an accident happens because a trailer has been loaded haphazardly, the cargo-loading company or team may be liable for damages.

Determining Negligence in a Trucking Accident

When a victim negotiates compensation after a trucking accident, the process comes down to identifying the accident’s cause. This process often involves the concept of negligence, or a failure to exercise reasonable care. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a common example of negligent driving. 

Other than the truck driver, several parties may be found negligent in a trucking accident. At Nicolet Law, our legal team is committed to identifying every party responsible for an accident. 

Vehicle manufacturer: Manufacturers have a duty to produce parts and equipment that are safe for roadways. When accidents result from manufacturing defects or equipment failures, the truck’s manufacturer may be liable. 

Trucking company: A trucking company may be considered negligent if it fails to inspect or maintain its vehicles properly, sets unrealistic expectations for its drivers, or hires an inexperienced or unqualified driver.    

Owner-operator: An owner-operator is an independent contractor who owns a commercial vehicle. Although these individuals typically work for larger trucking operations, they are personally responsible for maintaining their vehicles. If equipment failure or poor maintenance results in an accident, the owner-operator may be held legally responsible. 

Cargo loader: Those who load cargo onto a truck are responsible for ensuring the load is secure. If an accident happens because a trailer has been loaded haphazardly, the cargo-loading company or team may be liable for damages. 

If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, we recommend contacting an accident attorney as soon as possible. A skilled lawyer will immediately begin investigating the circumstances surrounding your accident to ensure you have what you need to recover from your injuries.  

Dedicated Accident Attorneys Helping You Put Your Life Back Together

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a semi-truck accident, it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury lawyer looking out for your rights and well-being. The trucking companies will do everything they can to protect themselves, and the insurance companies will pull every trick in the book to avoid providing you just compensation. Thankfully, you can turn to the lawyers of Nicolet Law Firm during your time of need. 

Unlike the trucking or insurance companies, the trusted attorneys at Nicolet Law care about more than our bottom line—we care about you and your recovery. When you trust us with your case, we will focus on leveling the playing field. We will work tirelessly to secure a settlement or jury award that provides you with compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages now and into the future. 

Contact Our Minnesota Truck Accident Lawyers 

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It will cost you nothing to find out how we can help you recover. We offer free initial case evaluations to all of our personal injury clients so that you can explore your legal options without committing to a payment plan. Furthermore, we take semi-truck cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t charge a fee unless we collect compensation for you. 

Call us toll-free at 1-855-NICOLET or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today.

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