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How a Police Report Helps Prove Fault in a South Dakota Car Accident

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If you have been in a South Dakota motor vehicle crash, you want to hire a South Dakota car accident attorney immediately. To be fully compensated, either by a court or through insurance, you have to prove negligence on the part of the other driver. One of the most important pieces of evidence that your car accident lawyer in South Dakota will obtain is the police report. If a police officer was called to the scene, a police report will provide significant support to your case if the other driver was negligent.

A South Dakota car crash police report will contain:
  • Circumstances of the crash, including the time, day and location of the crash, as well as the weather
  • Facts about the crash, such as length of skid marks, number of vehicles involved and number of passengers in each vehicle
  • Indication of whether a traffic ticket was issued
  • Assessment of fault, including the officer’s opinion of how the accident occurred
  • Witness information, including names and phone numbers of the witnesses
The information included in the police report is important for your South Dakota car accident lawyer, as it will provide:
  • The police officer’s opinion as to which driver violated the traffic laws and caused the accident
  • The specific negligent behavior that caused the motor vehicle crash
  • Facts related to the accident that you were unable to recollect
  • Contact information of the witnesses
A police report is important if you are looking to be fully compensated for a car crash caused by another. Call Zimmer, Duncan & Cole to speak with an experienced car accident attorney in South Dakota. Our toll free number is at (888) 733-2992, or you may complete the contact form on this page for a free consultation.

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