Truck Accidents

Trusted Attorneys Holding Truck Drivers Responsible For Your Accident

Commercial trucks often use South Dakota's roads and highways. Whether it's 18-wheelers transporting cattle, tanker trucks delivering fuel or delivery trucks filled with retail goods, all different types of commercial vehicles travel throughout the state. Many long-haul truckers also pass through South Dakota in 18-wheelers on cross-country trips.

When accidents happen involving such large vehicles, the consequences can be very serious. Due to their large size (many fully-loaded tractor-trailers weigh more than 80,000 pounds), the resulting injuries can be catastrophic, even fatal. Harsh weather conditions in South Dakota can also be a factor in many truck accidents.


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Knowing what to do after a serious truck accident can be overwhelming. Unlike car accidents, truck accidents often involve the driver as well as several different companies - the company that owns the truck, the one that loaded it and the manufacturer of the goods on board. The cab and the trailer may have difference insurance. Fortunately, you're not alone. Our experienced Sioux Falls truck accident attorneys can help.

How we can help you

The laws governing trucks driven by people with a commercial driver's license (CDL) can be confusing. In addition to state laws in South Dakota, many federal laws also apply to accidents involving CDL drivers.

Our attorneys at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP know all the rules and regulations governing accidents caused by commercial trucks. That's because we have been working with people injured in truck accidents for years. Founded in 1948, our law firm has a well-earned reputation throughout South Dakota for successfully resolving such complex cases.

We realize you might want to take a break after your truck accident. But the reality is you only have a limited time to take legal action and gather the evidence you need to build a strong legal case. Don't think of your accident as an obstacle. Think of your crash as an opportunity. Find out how we can help you move your case forward. Contact our law firm today.

Types of Truck Accidents

There are many different types of truck accidents. Each one presents its own, unique legal challenges which need to be addressed in specific ways. Some of the most common types of truck accidents we deal with at our law firm include:

Even though many accidents might seem similar, each one has its own unique characteristics. That's why it's important to talk to an attorney about your specific accident right away. Otherwise, you might forget important details about your crash which could turn out to be critical to your case.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents happen for many different reasons. Sometimes, weather can be a factor. But often, it's the actions of the driver (or the trucking company that owns the vehicle) that result in a serious accident. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

Even if the cause of your truck accident seems clear-cut, there's no guarantee that you will be compensated for your crash. The truck driver might claim you did something to cause the accident. Or the truck driver's insurance company might do everything it can to deny your claim. That's why you need us on your side, fighting for your rights, every step of the way. We offer a free case evaluation to all clients. And you only pay if we win your case.

Types of Truck Accidents

Highway truck accident

Truck accidents on South Dakota's highways often result in serious injuries or fatalities. The state recently raised the speed limit on I-90 and I-29 to 80 mph in many sections. As a result, truck drivers now have even less time to slow down and avoid crashing into other cars. And the more a truck weighs, the more distance it needs to stop. Our truck accident attorneys can gather the evidence you need to build a strong case. Whether it's eyewitness testimony, expert analysis of your crash or negotiating with trucking companies, we're here for you, every step of the way.

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Rear-end truck accident

Rear-end accidents are among the most common types of accidents. When these accidents involve large commercial trucks, they're often very serious. Many drivers sustain serious head and neck injuries due to large trucks driving into the back of their vehicles. Fatal rear-end truck accidents are also common given the force involved. Don't simply assume that the truck driver or insurance companies will fairly compensate you. Contact our law firm. We know how to effectively fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Underride accident

Underride truck accidents occur when a car drives underneath the rear end of a tractor trailer and gets caught there. As you might expect, such accidents can be very serious, often resulting in life-altering injuries (spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, etc.) and even death. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an underride truck accident, you'll likely need a significant amount of time to recover from your crash. That's why we want to help. We can investigate your accident and handle all the paperwork while you focus on your recovery. We're here to help you advance your legal case. Give your accident the gold standard of care it deserves. Contact our law firm right now.

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Jackknife accident

Jackknife truck accidents involve the trailer of an 18-wheeler truck folding back into itself. As a result, the trailer and the cab of the truck form a 90-degree angle, resembling a jackknife. What makes these accidents so serious is other vehicles can get caught between the truck's cab and trailer. When that happens, the other vehicle can get crushed. Dealing with the aftermath of a jackknife truck accident can be overwhelming. We can help your family every step of the way - from negotiating with insurance companies to helping you receive the medical attention you rightfully deserve. We know how to effectively handle complicated truck accident claims.

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Rollover accident

Rollover accidents involving tractor-trailers, delivery trucks, tanker trucks and other large vehicles can have serious consequences. These accidents often occur because the truck driver was going too fast or tried to turn too quickly. And once a truck rolls over, the driver has no control of the vehicle. As a result, there's often nothing preventing the truck from crashing into other vehicles on the road. That's why many multi-vehicle accidents often involve trucks that have rolled over, especially on busy highways. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover truck accident, contact our law firm immediately. We can make sure your accident and injuries receive the attention they rightfully deserve.

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Fatal truck accident

If a loved one has died in an accident caused by a commercial truck driver in South Dakota, it's hard to know what to do afterwards. Most people rightly want to take time to grieve the loss of a loved one. That's why we want to help. We can handle every aspect of your accident investigation, from gathering evidence to reviewing the official accident report. That way, your accident will receive the attention it rightfully deserves. Our law firm can work with you every step of the way. We're familiar with the common causes of fatal truck accidents. And we can develop a strategy that addresses your specific legal needs. Put your trust in us. Schedule your free consultation today.

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Common Causes of Truck Accidents


Commercial truck drivers are under tremendous pressure to complete deliveries as quickly as possible. That's why many truck drivers drive so fast, especially on interstate highways in South Dakota. But what many people might not realize is that larger, heavier trucks need more time and space to slow down. That's why accidents involving speeding trucks are so serious. When a speeding truck crashes into your car, you and the passengers in your vehicle can sustain serious, life-altering injuries. Such accidents might seem straightforward. But proving that the truck driver was driving too fast can often be much harder than you think. That's why we urge you to contact our law firm right away. We know what evidence to look for and how to build a strong legal case against the truck driver and the driver's trucking company. Experience matters.

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Tired truck driver

Strict federal laws exist regarding how long commercial truck drivers can stay on the road before they're required to take a mandatory break. Such rules exist because it's common for truck drivers to fall asleep at the wheel due to working long hours without a break. Unfortunately, some truck drivers ignore those laws and end up causing serious asleep-at-the-wheel accidents, especially on South Dakota's wide-open highways. Some drivers skip mandatory breaks voluntarily. Others are pushed to do so by demanding employers. As your attorney, we know how to find the evidence you need to build a strong legal case. We'll work tirelessly to move your case forward.

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Drunk driver

Drinking and driving are always a dangerous combination. Add in large trucks that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and you have a recipe for disaster. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk truck driver in South Dakota, we want to help you hold the driver accountable for his or her actions. There's no excuse for drinking and driving. And there's no reason why you should have to pay any costs associated with such an accident. Contact our law firm and find out how we can help you.

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Drug use

In an effort to stay awake and drive longer hours, some truck drivers take prescription or illegal drugs. As a result, these impaired truck drivers are not fully alert while they're operating a commercial truck. Some truck drivers will deny being under the influence of drugs at the time of an accident. That's why you need an experienced attorney on your side, serving as your legal advocate. We know what questions to ask, what evidence to look for and how to build a strong case designed to win. Put your trust in a respected, South Dakota law firm that will fight for your rights. Contact us right now.

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Distracted truck driver

Truck drivers, especially tractor-trailer drivers, have to pay attention to so many different things while they're operating a large vehicle. As a result, truck drivers can easily become distracted and cause a serious accident. That's why the federal government has banned all CDL drivers from texting while driving and operating a handheld cellphone while driving nationwide. Even so, some truck drivers continue to do so and put everyone on the road at risk in South Dakota and throughout the country. We can fight to obtain the phone records for the distracted truck driver who caused your crash. That way, we can prove the driver was texting while driving. We also regularly consult with accident reconstruction experts, review accident reports and interview witnesses whenever possible. We leave no stone unturned in pursuit of justice.

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Inexperienced driver

Driving a large commercial truck takes a tremendous amount of skill. And the only way truck drivers truly learn how to drive well is by logging hundreds or thousands of hours on the road. That's why inexperienced truck drivers can be so dangerous. These drivers might not have ever encountered certain scenarios - such as black ice or high crosswinds that make it difficult to control a large truck. They might also be unfamiliar with certain highways or roads. Whatever the issue might be, inexperienced truck drivers sometimes cause serious accidents. And we can help you hold such drivers accountable for their actions.

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Poorly maintained truck

Trucking companies have an obligation to properly maintain their trucks. This includes routine maintenance such as regular oil changes, making sure the truck's brakes work and verifying that all the truck's tires have enough tread. Trucking companies also need to perform more significant repairs or replace the truck altogether in certain circumstances. Otherwise, unsafe trucks can cause serious or fatal truck accidents. Trucking companies are required to keep records of any maintenance performed on their vehicles. We can demand to see such records and consult with experts to see if trucking companies have falsified them. Trucking companies sometimes do such things in an attempt to hide the fact that they didn't make necessary repairs or perform routine maintenance prior to your accident. We will not rest until we uncover the truth.

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