ParamedicsSioux Falls, SD- Traffic collisions are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. for persons aged 15 to 29. Each year in the U.S. an average of 30,000 people are killed in traffic accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and many more are injured. If you have been injured in a South Dakota traffic accident you may be thinking of filing a personal injury claim and if you are there are some things you need to know about filing a personal injury claim in the state.
First, you need to know that South Dakota personal injury law limits the time you have to file an injury claim called the statute of limitations. Whether you are filing a claim for a traffic accident, slip and fall or a medical malpractice, state law requires that your claim is filed within three years of the date when the injury occurred.
USAttorneys encourages accident victims to consult with an accident lawyer in South Dakota to discuss the details of your case. They can inform you of crucial filing dates, like the statute of limitations, and help you whether to settle your case or take it to court. Our team of talented injury attorneys guide you through the personal injury claim process.
Next you need to know what burden of proof you must meet. You need show that the party responsible for your accident was negligent by failing to take due care that their failure of that directly resulted in your accident.  You must also show that the at-fault party’s failure to take due care caused you to suffer an injury and those injuries caused financial, physical and emotional damage. Regardless of the type of accident you were involved in you must prove the at-fault party was acting negligently when your injury occurred.
You also need to know that even if you art partly responsible for an accident you can still recover compensation for you injuries. South Dakota has comparative fault rule allows injury victims to seek compensation, but their final settlement amount will be reduced by their level of liability. Say for instance a pedestrian was struck by a car while crossing the street. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk so they were partially to blame and assigned 30 percent liability. Under comparative negligence rules the pedestrian’s final settlement amount will be reduced by 30 percent.
South Dakota accident victims may be entitled to costs and damages related to their accident which can include:
Medical expenses
Lost wages,
Property damage
Disability (temporary or permanent) or disfigurement,
Mental anguish, and
Harm to personal relationships.
If you are the victim of a traffic accident and believe you are eligible for compensation, you should speak with an accident lawyer near your South Dakota location. They understand the state’s personal injury laws and have the skills needed to secure a just settlement on your behalf. Contact USAttorneys and we will refer you to a knowledgeable lawyer near you.[/fusion_text]

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