Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer in South Dakota
South Dakota Code § 32-9-1(3) defines a commercial motor vehicle as any motor vehicle used or maintained for the transportation of property or persons for profit, hire, or compensation. However, under South Dakota Code § 32-9-3, 16 exceptions are provided to this definition which can cause confusion over what does and does not qualify.
Several different types of vehicles satisfying this definition are on roads throughout South Dakota, and they can be at fault for many accidents that result in innocent people suffering severe injuries. Need an Injury Lawyer South Dakota represents individuals who suffered severe injuries, or whose loved ones were killed in commercial vehicle crashes in Rapid City, Aberdeen, Brookings, Watertown, Mitchell, Yankton, Pierre, Huron, Vermillion, Spearfish, and Sioux Falls.
Types of Commercial Vehicles in South Dakota
Many different vehicles on an average road in South Dakota could constitute a commercial motor vehicle. The owners of these vehicles often have to maintain automobile insurance policies that carry higher limits. Insurers thus have more reason to get victims to accept lower settlement amounts that also require them to sign away their rights to any further legal action.
Do not sign anything without first contacting Need an Injury Lawyer South Dakota. We handle commercial vehicle crashes involving such kinds of vehicles as:
- Tank trucks
- Delivery vans
- Construction or excavation vehicles
- Cement mixers
- Commercial buses
- Garbage trucks
- Tow trucks
- Courier vehicles
- Hospitality vans or shuttle vehicles
- Refrigerated trucks
- Pump trucks
- Catering trucks
- Flatbed trucks
- Agricultural trucks
Why You Want a South Dakota Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney
For most people, the immediate aftermath of any motor vehicle accident is exceptionally confusing. It can be extraordinarily complex for victims to think about preserving evidence or avoiding incriminating statements during these times.
Whenever anybody is involved in an accident caused by a commercial motor vehicle, he or she should immediately seek medical attention—regardless of whether he or she believes he or she was harmed. Not all injuries display immediate symptoms. Worse yet, an insurer for the negligent party will use any delay in treatment as evidence that the injuries were not as severe as claimed.
Whenever possible, victims should attempt to take photographs of crash scenes personally. If a victim is physically unable to return to the scene, he or she should ask a friend or relative to do this for him or her. It can be extremely valuable to have multiple pictures from several angles of the actual damage before the area is cleaned and the evidence disappears.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents Attorney in South Dakota
The final thing that victims should do after commercial vehicle accidents is to retain legal counsel. You can call Need an Injury Lawyer South Dakota 24/7 to take advantage of a free, no-obligation consultation that will allow our experienced personal injury attorneys to review your case and answer all of your legal questions.
We handle cases in communities all over Pennington County, Lincoln County, Brown County, Brookings County, Codington County, Meade County, Lawrence County, Yankton County, and Minnehaha County. You should also know that you pay us nothing up front, as we only get paid if you get a monetary award.