Auto Accidents

Driven Attorneys Who Demand Justice

How did your car accident happen in South Dakota?

  • Speeding driver on I-90?
  • Distracted driver on I-29?
  • Drunk driver on I-229?

Whatever the cause of your crash, it's critical that you take strong legal action as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could miss out on your opportunity to be fairly compensated. That's why we want to meet with you as soon as possible. The Sioux Falls car accident attorneys at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, help victims get the compensation they rightfully deserve drives everything we do.

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Since 1948, our law firm has set the standard for superior legal advice in Sioux Falls, Parker and throughout South Dakota. We thoroughly understand how the legal system works here. That's why we have such a well-earned reputation for winning tough cases. We know what evidence to look for after a crash and what it takes to win. So whether you were hurt by a reckless driver heading to Mount Rushmore or Badlands National Park or a distracted driver in Sioux Falls, we can help.

Causes of Car Accidents

Types of Car Accidents

Take Your Crash Seriously

Your accident could turn out to be much more complicated than you first suspected. The other driver may have done something wrong to cause your crash. Perhaps you were cut off by someone who wasn't paying attention. Or maybe the other driver was under the influence. Sounds like a straightforward case, right?

Don't be so sure. Even if the other driver was reckless or negligent, don't count on the other driver admitting he or she did anything wrong. In fact, the other driver might even try to blame you. And once the insurance company and defense attorneys get involved, you might suddenly find yourself involved in a fierce legal battle for the compensation you deserve.

Local police and the South Dakota Highway Patrol investigate most car accidents throughout the state. The official report they create, known as a South Dakota Motor Vehicle Accident Report, should set the record straight. But it's important to remember that the police do not work for you. Their job is to determine how your accident happened, not make sure you receive the money you need after your crash. That's where we come in.

"How can a lawyer help me after my car crash?"

You might think you don't need a lawyer. Or perhaps you simply want to take some time to recover from your crash. The reality is the clock started ticking the second another vehicle crashed into your car. In most cases, under South Dakota's statute of limitations law, you have 3 years or less to take legal action after your accident. But building a strong legal case often takes a tremendous amount of time. And the longer you wait, the harder it often can be to find the evidence you need.

We don't work for the police or insurance companies. We strictly work for you. And our job is to make sure your accident receives our full attention. This includes rigorously investigating your crash in search of the facts. When we investigate accidents, we visit the scene of the crash, interview witnesses, consult with experts and carefully review accident reports. We do everything we can to move your accident case forward.

When you have our legal team working for you, you can dictate what happens. Instead of insurance companies, other lawyers or even your boss setting the agenda, our forward-thinking attorneys will do everything we can to help you get the time and money you need to fully recover from your car accident.

The financial impact of a serious car wreck can be significant. During the course of your lifetime, a single accident could cost you and your family hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in medical bills, lost income and other expenses. Then there's the emotional and psychological toll accidents can take. Don't underestimate the seriousness of your accident. Find out what we can do for you. Contact our law firm and schedule your free consultation.

Causes of Car Accidents

Distracted Driver

Drivers need to focus their attention on the road. Otherwise, serious accidents can easily happen. In recent years, texting while driving has become one of the most common forms of distracted driving. But there are many other ways drivers can fail to pay attention while driving.

Eating while driving remains a serious hazard. So does changing a radio station or trying to operate a GPS. And while it may be hard to believe, many accidents have been caused by drivers applying makeup, shaving or watching videos while driving.

What makes these cases so complicated is most drivers who engage in such reckless behavior often deny doing so. That's why you need us on your side. We know what evidence to look for and we can challenge the other driver's claims. If necessary, we're prepared to take your case to court. We put your best interests first.

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Speeding

South Dakota has very generous speed limits. On Interstates 90 and 29, the speed limit in most places is either 75 mph or 80 mph. Even so, many people still drive faster than the posted speed limit. And when they crash into another vehicle, the injuries they cause can often be extremely serious or even fatal.

But you don't have to be on a highway to be involved in a speeding car accident. Drivers in Sioux Falls or other cities often drive too fast or engage in other reckless behavior. Most speeding drivers think they can control their vehicle - until it's too late.

You might think that you don't need a lawyer if a speeding driver crashes into your car. But there's no guarantee you will receive all the money you need to cover the true cost of your accident. Allow us to put our knowledge and expertise to work for you. Contact us.

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Texting/Cell Phone Use

Texting while driving is against the law in South Dakota. Even so, some drivers continue to text and drive. Some people believe they can safely do both things at the same time. But study after study has shown that texting drivers simply aren't aware of their surroundings and routinely cause serious accidents.

If the other driver denies texting, cellphone records will reveal the truth. We can fight to obtain those records and consult with experts to prove that the other driver broke the law and caused your accident.

It's not just texting that can be a problem with cellphones or smartphones. Studies show that people who talk on phones while driving are distracted. You may have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver who was focused more on a conversation than the road.

We don't wait for insurance companies or anyone else to dictate what happens. We set the agenda. We push cases forward. And you can trust us to put your best interests first. Schedule an appointment to find out how we can help you with your case.

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Drunk Driver

Drinking and driving has been against the law in South Dakota for decades. Everyone knows the dangers of driving drunk. Responsible people use designated drivers. For years, educational efforts have been in place focused on informing the public about the dangers of drunk driving.

Even so, some drivers choose to ignore all these warnings and get behind the wheel of a car and drive while impaired. When these drivers cause an accident, they need to be held accountable for their actions. That's where we come in.

Our attorneys have years of experience holding such reckless drivers accountable for their actions. Drunk driving cases might seem straightforward. But the reality is they often turn out to be much more complicated. And remember, the police don't work for you. Only we do. And we'll do everything we can to make sure you receive the money you deserve for your accident.

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Fatigued/Asleep at the Wheel

When drivers fall asleep at the wheel, it might seem unintentional. But tired drivers have a choice. They can choose to pull over and take a break. Instead, these drivers choose to continue driving, even though they were exhausted. And when they cause a car wreck, they need to be held accountable for their reckless, negligent behavior.

We frequently encounter these cases in South Dakota, where the distances from one town to the next are often vast. These types of accidents often involve tired, out-of-state drivers heading to Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore or simply driving across the state.

Whatever the circumstances surrounding your asleep-at-the-wheel accident, we can help. Telltale signs that the other driver was asleep at the time of your accident include no skid marks and the driver having no memory of the accident. We know how to look for this evidence and what questions to ask to uncover the truth. Put your trust in us. Contact our law firm today.

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Tailgating

When drivers don't leave a safe distance between their vehicle and your car, rear-end accidents often occur. Because no matter how good a driver someone might be, it's hard to stop when they're only a few feet or inches away from your car.

Tailgating might seem like a minor offense. But the reality is car accidents involving tailgaters can result in serious injuries to the head, neck and back, including whiplash (sprained neck), concussion (brain injury) and spinal cord injuries. Other more severe injuries are also often possible due to tailgating.

The pain and suffering caused by such injuries can last years. You shouldn't have to suffer. We can work with you and help you get the medical care you deserve. And you shouldn't have to worry about the expense of treatment. That's our job. We're here to stand up for you and help you obtain the money you deserve to move forward in your life.

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Types of Car Accidents

Rear-End Accident

Rear-end car accidents are very common in South Dakota. Such accidents have become especially common in recent years due to drivers texting or not paying attention behind the wheel.

If you were hit from behind, you almost certainly were not responsible for your accident. The other driver might have been distracted or simply not paying attention. But now you may be dealing with neck or head injuries or broken bones or strains.

The insurance company might try to downplay your losses. They might try to claim that your rear-end accident was minor. They might lowball a settlement offer. Our Sioux Falls attorneys play offense. We'll help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Hit and Run

Hit and run car accidents can be very frustrating. Normally, you deal directly with the driver who caused your crash or that driver's insurance company. But when the driver flees the scene of your accident, knowing what to do afterwards can be confusing.

A driver who hits your car and then flees might never be found. But that doesn't mean you can't get justice. If you have uninsured motorist coverage, which is required for all South Dakota drivers, you can make a claim against your own policy.

This coverage should pay for any injuries you sustained. If the driver is found, he or she might face criminal charges. We can then seek compensation from that driver's insurance company or take action against the driver. Talk to us today about your hit-and-run accident. Learn more about all your legal options.

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Uninsured/Underinsured Driver

All drivers in South Dakota must have insurance. But not every driver follows the state's laws. Unfortunately, some drivers choose to drive a car without insurance. Other times, some drivers don't have enough insurance. As a result, they don't have enough money to pay for your crash.

When this happens, it's critical that you take decisive legal action to protect your rights. Otherwise, you might end up having to pay for your accident out of your own pocket. That's why it's critical that you contact our law firm as soon as possible.

If you are involved in an accident with someone who is either uninsured or doesn't have enough coverage, you may be able to recover compensation through your own policy. Our law firm can help you with the details. We want to hear from you.

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T-Bone Collision

T-bone is the phrase commonly used to describe a broadside collision or side-impact car accidents. Typically, these car wrecks involve one vehicle's front end slamming into the side of another vehicle.

You might have been struck in an intersection by a South Dakota driver who ignored a red light or stop sign, or failed to yield. In some cases, the driver was distracted or drunk, and drove right into the side of your car.

In some cases, you or another passenger or driver in the car being T-boned can suffer serious injuries, including brain injuries, broken ribs or other life-threatening internal injuries. Find out how our law firm can fight for you. Contact us for a free consultation.

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Sioux Falls

5000 S. Broadband Lane, Suite 119
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Phone: 605-361-9840
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Parker

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Parker, SD 57053

Phone: 605-297-4446
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