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Real World Examples Concerning Auto Insurance Coverage: The Immunity of Snow Plows

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Over time we have represented a lot of people for all types of automobile collisions. My partner Joe Crumley and I have taught seminars for the Minnesota Association For Justice concerning all sorts of insurance and personal injury issues. Joe and I have authored a number of articles on the topic. Even with that, we still see cases that test the knowledge of even the most most experienced attorneys. The key is being aware and asking the right questions. A couple of stories caught my eye:

  • In Freeborn county a car rear ended a snow plow. The driver of the car was injured. No-fault will cover all those that were hurt. But snow plow cases in Minnesota have problems with a different issue, “immunity.” Basically, if they are performing their duty and there isn’t heightened negligence on their part, any liability claim would never make it to a jury. Early and effective investigation is vital to these type of cases. The snow plow driver would have no such limitation and also would be able to make a claim for workers compensation benefits.

Each of these cases involve injures, some of which were fatal. We send out our sympathy to everyone involved and don’t intend to lessen the loss by using their tragedy as an example. Each case needs to be looked at individually. There really isn’t a simple straight forward case. Sure the fast draw insurance adjuster will call and try to steer things in that direction. They may offer fast and cheap money. There will even be a group of lawyers that will handle it that way.

The right questions always need to be asked and most importantly answered. I will be looking at many of these issues during the coming months and hope that anyone who has questions, takes the time to ask.