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200 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW, #400
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Get Your Life Back on Track

Injuries caused by vehicular accidents can be life changing. Expensive medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages can cause you and your family great emotional and financial difficulties. If another person was at fault for the accident, you should not be held responsible for their actions. The experienced attorneys of Barna, Guzy & Steffen work with clients dealing with a variety of accidents.

Accident Services

Car Accidents

Car accidents occur every single day, often causing serious injuries or fatalities. The attorneys of Barna, Guzy & Steffen have assisted many injured clients and families of individuals who were injured or killed in accidents caused by:

  • Impaired drivers
  • Inattentive or distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Hazardous road conditions

No matter the cause of the accident, we can help you prove your case, allowing you to return to your regular daily activities.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are often serious or fatal. Many times, these accidents are caused by inattentive drivers who fail to see the rider in time to avoid a collision. While motorcycle riders should be cognizant of the vehicles around them, other drivers have an obligation to be aware of all other road vehicles, including motorcycles. Without the protection of a passenger vehicle’s steel structure, a seat belt, or an airbag, motorcyclists are particularly at risk.

If you have been injured or a loved one has died in a motorcycle accident caused by another person’s negligence, the attorneys of Barna, Guzy & Steffen can help.

Multiple-Vehicle Accidents

Accidents involving multiple vehicles can be catastrophic and complex. Serious injuries may occur, including brain damage, spinal cord injury, and burns. You and your family may face expensive medical bills, lost wages, and other financial and emotional difficulties.

If you have been injured in a car accident involving multiple vehicles, count on the experienced attorneys of Barna, Guzy & Steffen to protect your rights and help you obtain appropriate compensation.

Accidents Involving Impaired Drivers

Each year, thousands of people are killed or injured in accidents involving impaired drivers. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a careless, illegal decision, often with disastrous results. If you have been injured in an accident caused by an impaired driver, we can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Whether you’ve been involved in a fender bender or a multi-car pileup, car accidents are stressful events. This stress is compounded by the need for proper medical care, vehicle repair, lost time at work, working with insurance companies, and other ways a car accident can disrupt your life.

The experienced attorneys of Barna, Guzy & Steffen have helped car accident victims get their lives back on track for more than 80 years. Contact us if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence.

Car accident claim services are offered on a contingency basis. This means that no fees will be charged until a settlement is reached.

Car Accident Compensation

Each vehicular accident is unique and must be reviewed to determine recoverable damages. Factors that impact compensation may include missed time from work and lost wages, pain and other physical suffering, future medical treatments and rehabilitation, and emotional trauma. The attorneys of Barna, Guzy & Steffen can help you find relief from financial burdens caused by a car accident.

Insurance company negotiations

Negotiations with your insurance company for proper medical care or vehicle repairs can be challenging. When you’re involved in a car accident, however, there’s no alternative. To begin processing your car accident claim, insurance companies evaluate hospital records, police reports, witness and driver statements, and accident photos. The objective of this case review is to identify anything about your accident that can justify lower compensatory damages.

Hiring an Attorney

An attorney experienced in dealing with auto accidents will negotiate on your behalf to make sure that all compensation variables are addressed, and the responsible parties are held fully accountable. This will increase your chances of receiving full compensation.

At Barna, Guzy & Steffen, we understand that being involved in a car accident can cause stress, confusion, and uncertainty. We help you ease that stress by walking you through each and every step of your case and the claims process. As the claim moves forward, we remain available to answer any questions you might have about your specific situation.

Contact the experienced attorneys of Barna, Guzy & Steffen for a free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need an appointment to speak with an attorney?

Please call our offices to inquire about making an appointment to speak with an attorney. The knowledgeable staff will be able to answer your questions regarding the appointment and make sure that everyone is prepared for the initial consultation.

How much do you charge for a consultation?

While some attorneys have free initial consultations, there are some areas of law that require a small fee for an initial consultation. You will be informed of any and all fees associated when you call to make an appointment.

What are your attorney’s fees?

Our attorneys offer highly sought-after professional services for which there is an associated fee. These fees will be discussed in your initial consultation.

How do you bill and when is my payment due?

Billing and payments are determined by individual attorneys who will discuss these issues with clients at their initial appointments.

Will you keep my legal matter confidential?

Our attorneys and staff are professionals experienced in providing legal services with efficiency and the utmost of client confidentiality. Trust, dedication, and professionalism are essential to the success of any business relationship. We believe these characteristics are the essence of integrity, and we strive to nurture these values within our firm. Since our inception, the attorneys at Barna, Guzy & Steffen have been committed to providing comprehensive legal services within the framework of professional excellence.

What should I do if I am stopped by the police?

  • Be respectful and polite.
  • Stay calm and in control of yourself.
  • Keep your hands to yourself and in plain view.
  • Don’t resist, even if you believe you are innocent.
  • Do not tell the police they’re wrong or that you’re going to file a complaint.
  • Don’t say anything about the situation.
  • If arrested, ask to speak with a lawyer in private as soon as reasonably possible.
  • If the officer asks if you know why they stopped you, simply reply that you are not sure.

What should I do if I am arrested?

Listen to your Miranda Rights.

  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  • You have the right to an attorney. The attorney should be present before any questioning.
  • If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you before any questioning.
  • Do you understand these rights?

Request to speak with an attorney in private. Your Miranda warning will be read to you by the arresting officer. It is very important that you pay attention to every word of these rights.

If you are placed under arrest, the officer has most likely completed an investigation leading to the belief that there was probable cause that you committed a crime. At this point, the officer has made their decision. Do not think that you could say or do anything to change the officer’s mind.

Do not resist arrest. Resisting arrest could subject you to further criminal charges if you go too far. Additionally, your attitude toward the arresting officer, if negative or volatile, will be presented as supporting a guilty verdict. In general, juries do not react favorably to a person who fights with police and will most likely see this is as evidence of guilt.

If convicted, the prosecution could use any negative conduct to support a harsher sentence. In short, displaying aggressive behavior toward police will only cause trouble. Even if you are scared, angry, or are experiencing high anxiety, you must maintain composure and politely request to speak to an attorney in private.

What happens after I am arrested?

  1. The arrest: There is probable cause that the person has committed a crime.
  2. Police reports: These reports go to the prosecuting attorney, who decides whether charges will be filed.
  3. The arraignment/first appearance: The criminal defendant is formerly advised of the charges and of constitutional rights. Bail if often set at this arraignment.
  4. Pre-trial hearing: This is a good time to negotiate a plea.
  5. Trial: During a trial, both sides will present their arguments to a jury made up of men and women as impartial jurors. During the deliberation phase, the jury will decide whether the prosecution has met the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the jury finds the defendant not guilty, they are free to go and cannot be prosecuted again based on the same offenses.
  6. Sentencing: If the defendant is found guilty, the judge will determine and impose proper punishment in the sentencing hearing. At this hearing, the defendant can propose why they believe the judge should give a lower possible penalty.
  7. Collateral Consequences: Conviction can have additional consequences. In felony cases, these consequences can include but are not limited to: loss of the right to vote, loss of the right to possess a firearm, loss of the right to associate with other known criminals, registration as a predatory offender, registration as a narcotics offender, or increased penalties for future convictions.
  8. Appeals and writs: If convicted, it is possible to file an appeal to an appellate-level court to argue that the trial court made legal errors. If the defense can prove that the trial court made legal errors, or denial of a fair trial, it may result in the reversal of the conviction.
  9. Probation/supervised release/parole: This is a period of time when the defendant has multiple sentencing provisions to comply with.
  10. Expungement: Expungement is a process where, in some cases, your conviction may be sealed.

Speak with an Experienced Attorney

The law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen offers dedicated attorneys who effectively and efficiently handle your legal needs with the highest level of professionalism.