Car Accident Lawyer South Dakota
Car Accident Lawyer South Dakota
When you get in your car you most likely aren’t thinking that you are going to need a car accident lawyer in South Dakota. No one gets in a car and thinks that it will be the one time they get into a car accident. However, if the worst was to happen, you could be facing some serious injuries that can turn your life upside down.
When that happens you can turn to one of our trusted lawyers at The Law Offices of Clayborn, Loos, and Sabers for help. Our experienced lawyers know what it takes to help you get the compensation you deserve and help you get back on your feet after a tragedy.
5 Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can cause serious injuries to any part of the body. We’ve put together a list of the most common car accident injures that people can suffer from, ranging from mild to severe.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Car accidents are the leading cause of TBI, which is when the brain is damaged by a blow to the head suddenly or a piercing injury to the head. Every year about 50,000 people die from a TBI and another 80,000 to 90,000 suffer long-term disabilities. Motorcycle riders are at higher risk of a TBI due to the lack of protection but passenger cars can be just as dangerous.
- Spinal Cord Injuries
The impact of a crash can cause torque on the body. This can easily lead to the spine being injured and thus the nerves being injured. Often an injury like this will cause some form of paralysis below the level of injury. This leads to a life of disability and expensive medical costs.
If your vehicle catches fire after the crash or if your skin comes into contact with hot fluids, surfaces, or steam then you can suffer a burn. Serious burns require surgery and skin grafting to best heal you. Often these can even lead to a form of disability depending on where the burn happened.
- Fractured/Broken Bones
Broken legs, ribs, arms, ankles, and wrists are common in a car accident. The severity ranges from simple breaks that require a cast to break or compound fractures that need surgery to fix. Even the smallest broken bone can have you unable to do your job effectively making it hard to earn money.
- Lacerations and Bruises
It isn’t a shock that many people that have suffered from a car accident suffer lacerations. There is often broken glass, torn sheet metal, or even flying objects that can cause lacerations to your body. Bruises are also common as the impact against the seatbelt, or even other objects with force can cause them.
What kind of evidence should I gather for my car accident claim?
When it comes to gathering evidence for your car accident claim, you want to ensure you are getting everything you need in order to recover compensation for the injuries you are suffering from. While it may seem obvious to you that the other party was responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, your lawyer will still be working hard to gather evidence to support your claim so that you can get as much compensation as you need for things like pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. If you would like help gathering evidence or would like to learn more about the process, reach out to our South Dakota car accident lawyer today.
Where does the burden of proof lie?
Remember, if you are filing the claim against the other party’s insurance, the burden of proof will be on you. The insurance company involved will do whatever is necessary to give you no offer or to give you the lowest settlement possible. After all, without evidence, it is your word against their word. In addition to proving that the other party caused the accident to occur, you will need to prove that you sustained injuries and that the injuries were a direct result of the accident.
What evidence will be helpful?
When you are looking for evidence that will be helpful for your claim, you can gather:
- Medical Bills. When you need to go to the hospital right away or seek help from a doctor, having your medical records, as well as medical bills, can be incredibly helpful. Not only can this show your diagnosis but it can give accurate dates and times of injuries.
- Photographs. If you can, take photographs of the scene of the accident immediately after it occurred. This can help to show damage, time of day, weather conditions, and where everything was located. Do not forget to take photographs of your injuries.
- Police Reports. If a police officer was at the scene and wrote up a police report, this can help to shed light on more details of the accident and can provide information from everyone involved in the accident.
- Car Repair Receipts. Similar to a doctor’s visit, taking your car to an autobody repair shop can help to show the kind of damage sustained and can help give an accurate picture of how the damage was sustained. It can also give you an accurate dollar amount for the damage done.
If you or a loved one have been in a car accident don’t hesitate to reach out to a car accident lawyer in South Dakota to help you get the compensation you deserve. Being in a car accident can be traumatizing and it can truly set you back financially. One of our expert South Dakota car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Clayborn, Loos, and Sabers is ready to listen to your case and see what they can do for you.
Uninsured Drivers Across America
If you’ve been in an accident, you might think you know all the steps you should follow – but if there’s any complications, you should contact a car accident lawyer in South Dakota as soon as possible.
One of the more common complications in a car accident is also one of the most frustrating. You’re a responsible driver, and you make sure you’re doing everything right when you get behind the wheel. In fact, you make sure you’re doing everything right even when you aren’t behind the wheel. You have insurance.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for everyone else on the road. In fact, 13% of all drivers are uninsured. Even though it’s legally required in all but two cases, irresponsible drivers are still hitting the road with either uninsured vehicles or lapsed insurance policies. It’s not a pleasant thought – especially if one of these uninsured drivers crashes into your vehicle.
What Should I Do if the Other Driver is Uninsured?
Getting in a car accident is never a pleasant experience, and when you find out the other party is uninsured (or underinsured) it warrants a bit of extra caution when you’re trying to document the accident. If you’re reading this, it might be too late – but don’t worry: A car accident lawyer in South Dakota can help you find the next steps and determine how you can get the compensation you deserve after your accident.
If you went through the ordinary car accident motions, that’s a definite step in the right direction. Did you take pictures of the accident? Did you photograph the other driver’s vehicle, including their license plate number? If you got the other driver’s contact information, you might not be able to trust the phone number they gave you. After all, they’re committing a crime by driving without insurance – how can you be sure they aren’t going to commit another crime by fleeing the scene of an accident without leaving any information?
In the event of an accident with an uninsured driver, you should definitely call the police. If the police showed up (which they should have) make sure you get the officer’s badge numbers, department names, the report number and any other relevant information that law enforcement can provide. If you didn’t get the information from the officers at the scene of the accident, you and your lawyer might be able to request the information from their department.
It can be incredibly stressful being involved in any kind of car accident, but if you were involved in a collision with an uninsured driver, it just makes things even worse. You might have car insurance that will cover the damages, but you should contact a lawyer to make sure you get the compensation you deserve in a timely fashion.
Reach out to Clayborne, Loos & Sabers LLP Today
At Clayborne, Loos & Sabers LLP, we understand how frustrating car accidents can be – and we know that any injuries you sustain in an accident can seriously interrupt your life. You can’t clock in for work if you have to be at doctor’s appointments, and you can perform everyday tasks if you’re dealing with casts, wheelchairs, and crutches.
You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket if you’ve been hit by an uninsured driver. If your insurance company is playing phone tag with you, a lawyer can get them on the right page. And if your injuries are severe enough, you and your lawyer can go over the details of your case to find any other culprits behind your accident. By finding all the responsible parties, your lawyer can file a lawsuit so you can get the money you need to move on with your life.
Don’t let a car crash ruin your future. Get in touch with Clayborne, Loos & Sabers LLP today, and see how a South Dakota car accident lawyer can help you rebuild and move on.
Michael Sabers, Esq.
Courtney Clayborne, Esq.
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