Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident?
Our attorneys can help you hold the driver accountable
Motorcycles and South Dakota go hand in hand. Per capita, more people here own motorcycles than in any other state in the country. Bikers from around the world travel here every August to attend the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. But riders who live here know there's more to motorcycling than the annual, weeklong event.
From the Black Hills, Badlands and Custer State Park in the west to miles of winding roads through the prairies in the east, South Dakota has endless possibilities available to riders throughout most of the year.
Unfortunately, accidents happen to even the best riders. And when they do, the consequences can be serious. Some crashes happen because of mistakes made by riders. But in many cases, most accidents happen because another driver behaved in a reckless or negligent manner. Whatever the cause, our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys can help.
"Why should I hire a motorcycle accident lawyer after my crash?"
If another driver caused your accident, why do you need a lawyer? This is a great question we often hear from victims who've been injured in a crash. The answer is your motorcycle wreck will likely turn out to be much more complicated than you first suspected. And if you don't have an attorney on your side, the outcome of your case might not be so clear-cut.
Even though the police are likely investigating your accident, they don't work for you. They're focused on determining how your accident happened. And that might get complicated if the other driver denies any wrongdoing or claims you did something to cause the crash. Then there are the insurance companies. They don't treat bikers well. Most of them will do everything they can to avoid paying you the money you rightfully deserve.
That's not right. That's why we fight for the rights of injured motorcyclists throughout South Dakota. At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP we believe negligent drivers should be held responsible for their actions. As your attorney, we will do everything we can to get you money for your losses and move your case forward.
What type of accident were you in?
There are so many different reasons why motorcycle accidents occur. Over the years, our attorneys have handled many different types of cases. Some of the most common ones we regularly deal with include:
- Intersection accidents
- Rear-end motorcycle accidents
- Cars changing lanes
- Hit and run
- Fatal motorcycle accident
While these are some of the most common types of motorcycle crashes, every accident is unique. That's why we strongly urge you to contact our law firm and schedule your free consultation. That way, we can learn more about the details of your specific accident, then develop a strategy that addresses your unique legal needs.
What was the cause of your crash?
The work we do on behalf of injury victims varies from case to case. That's because motorcycle accidents happen for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes we're familiar with include:
Don't wait to take legal action after your motorcycle crash. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start building your legal case. Our law firm has a well-earned reputation for having results-driven attorneys who get right to work and leave no stone unturned.
Our detail-oriented approach consistently produces positive results. We regularly interview witnesses, consult with accident reconstruction experts and carefully analyze accident reports other attorneys often overlook. We move cases forward because we take accidents seriously. Turn your accident into an opportunity. Contact Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP right now.
Intersections can be dangerous. Drivers not paying attention to everything around them often crash into motorcyclists stopped at traffic lights or stop signs. Other times, motorcyclists are hit by cars that run red lights or otherwise break the rules of the road. Whatever the circumstances of your intersection accident, we can help you hold the driver who caused your crash responsible. We're here to help and add value to your case.
Rear-end accidents are among the most common crashes we deal with in South Dakota. When these accidents involve motorcyclists, the injuries can be very serious. If you or a loved one has been in a rear-end motorcycle accident, you might need extensive medical care. You might not be able to work for weeks or even months. That's why it's critical that you receive the legal help you need after your crash. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with motorcycle accidents throughout South Dakota. We know what evidence to look for after a rear-end accident and how to turn that information into a winning legal case.
Motorcyclists can sustain serious injuries on highways when other vehicles change lanes without warning and run into them. When drivers fail to check their blind spots and don't look in their mirrors, bikers may get pushed off the side of the road or crushed underneath the car that hit them. Many drivers often claim they didn't see a motorcyclist. But that's no excuse. Drivers who hit motorcyclists need to be held accountable. That's why it's critical to contact Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP right away. If someone saw your accident, we'll try to track down that witness. We'll also carefully review your accident report, consult with experts if necessary and file a lawsuit if we believe that's the best way to successfully resolve your case.
Drivers who flee the scene of a motorcycle accident are committing a serious crime. That's why we take such accidents seriously at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP. We strongly believe that injury victims who did nothing wrong should not have to suffer because of someone else's reckless behavior. That's why we're eager to meet with you if you're the victim of a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. Even if the police cannot find the driver who caused your crash, you still have many legal options available to you. Schedule a free consultation with us and learn more about what we can do for you.
If a loved one died in a motorcycle accident, we want to help your family through this difficult time in your lives. We understand you need time to grieve. That's why we want to help as much as possible. We can handle all the paperwork and thoroughly investigate the crash. We deal directly with insurance companies on your behalf and take them to court if necessary. Our goal is to achieve the best outcome possible. That's why we're eager to meet with you and learn more about exactly what happened to your loved one. We're here for you when you need us most.
When people drive too fast, they have even less time to slow down and avoid an accident. And when those speeding drivers crash into motorcyclists, the consequences are often severe. That's because the impact of an accident involving a speeding driver is so much greater. And in the case of motorcyclists, they have less protection than occupants of cars, trucks or other vehicles. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle crash caused by a speeding driver, our law firm can help you hold the driver accountable. We know how to read accident reports, analyze evidence and build a strong legal case designed to win.
Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. Far too many drivers seem more focused on their phones or other electronic devices instead of the road in front of them. If a texting driver crashed into your bike, we will try to obtain the phone records to prove the driver broke the law. (Texting while driving is illegal in South Dakota.) We can also help you if your accident was caused by a driver who was eating while driving, fiddling with the radio or doing anything else that diverted their attention. We're focused on fighting for justice for you. Contact our law firm today.
Drivers making left-hand turns often cause accidents involving motorcyclists. Drivers often hit motorcyclists driving straight through an intersection in the opposite direction or while attempting to pass the car. Whatever the circumstances of your accident, we can help you hold the driver accountable. The physical and financial toll of your accident can be severe. As your attorney, we will vigorously fight for the money you deserve while you take the time you need to fully recover.
This excuse is used time and time again by drivers who crash into motorcyclists: "I didn't see the motorcycle" or "He came out of nowhere." The driver might not have seen the smaller two-wheeled vehicle, but that's no excuse. Drivers have a responsibility to be aware of everything going on around them and that includes looking for motorcyclists on the road. If you or someone you love was injured in this type of accident, you need to talk to us immediately. We will work tirelessly to gather evidence that proves you did nothing wrong. That way, you can receive the compensation you deserve to cover the full cost of your injuries and other losses.
The dangers of drinking and driving have been documented for decades. That's why there's no excuse for traffic accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol. If a drunk driver crashed into your motorcycle, you should not have to pay for any accident-related expenses. Many legal options exist depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. And when you meet with us, we can discuss all of them with you, then help you decide the best course of action. We're here for you and eager to help you hold the negligent driver accountable.