The 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally took place from August 8-14, 2011 in South Dakota. According to reports from the South Dakota Highway Patrol, there were 80 personal injuries due to motorcycle accidents at the rally this year alone. If you were one of the motorcyclists involved in a crash at the Sturgis Rally, you are probably wondering whether or not you need a lawyer. Truthfully, it depends on the severity of the accident and the ensuing personal injuries. In a large number of cases, an attorney should be involved.
Being involved in a motorcycle crash is overwhelming emotionally, financially, and physically. The injuries, loss of personal property, and, oftentimes, loss of income due to the inability to work can take a toll on the victim. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident at the Sturgis Rally, you should consider contacting a South Dakota motorcycle lawyer right away to speak with an experienced professional about your situation.
While you are resting and recovering from the crash, an attorney will:
1) Deal with insurance companies: The process of dealing with insurance companies is confusing and stressful. There is a significant amount of paperwork involved with filing a claim, and insurance companies generally pay only a fraction of the cost. An attorney will take care of the paperwork and work directly with the insurance companies to help you recover fully.
2) Gather the facts: Gathering and analyzing the facts of a motorcycle accident can be complicated. How was the visibility? What were the road conditions? How fast were the parties driving? What were the injuries? Was alcohol a factor? An attorney will obtain all of the necessary documentation, including the police report and medical records.
3) Determine liability: An attorney will review all of the information and build a case for you. This includes determining who is at fault and, at times, recreating the scene.
If you were involved in a motorcycle crash at the recent Sturgis Rally, contact the lawyers at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole immediately so we can start working on your claim. Contact us toll free at (888) 733-2992. We have been representing victims of motorcycle accidents and winning cases throughout South Dakota since 1948.