Partner Kasey Olivier has been elected President of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. The South Dakota Trial Lawyers are dedicated to promoting and upholding South Dakota’s jury system to ensure that anyone who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of another can obtain justice, even when taking on powerful opponents.

It’s Independence Day. You are relaxing by the pool and spending time with family and friends. The day is now over and you can still smell the sizzling grill and the aftermath of fireworks. You’ve packed your family safely in your car and you are heading home, when suddenly you are struck by a drunk driver. What do you do?

Dangerous Travel

According to South Dakota News Watch, “a new study proves what many drivers and law enforcement officials already believed: that the rate of highway fatalities, including alcohol-related fatalities, rise significantly during the annual Fourth of July holiday across the United States and even more so in South Dakota.”

The same study showed that Fourth of July travel rises by 46% in South Dakota over the holiday weekend. Shockingly alcohol related fatalities rise by 67% in South Dakota, the fourth highest in the country.

How Do You Handle The Situation?

  1. Make sure that you and your passengers are out of harms way (if you can)

If it’s safe to do so and you aren’t seriously injured, move your car out of further harm’s way, like to the shoulder of the road. If moving your car just isn’t possible, flip on your hazards  to warn other drivers that your vehicle isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Check on all the other parties involved, including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, to make sure no one is hurt.

  1. Call 911

Even in minor accidents, a police accident report can prove invaluable when dealing with your car insurance company and other drivers. Cooperate fully, but avoid admitting fault or blaming others while at the scene. Let the police objectively judge events and determine who, if anyone, is at fault in the crash.

  1. Gather info

Try to write down as much info as possible in the accident aftermath, including:

Driver and passenger names

License plate numbers

Insurance info

Makes and models of all vehicles involved

Contact info for any eyewitnesses

Location of the accident

The name and badge number of any responding police officers

  1. Document the scene

If you have a smartphone with a camera, snap some photos of the accident scene. This will help protect you later.

  1. Call an attorney

Personal injury cases can get complex if you don’t know all the details of personal injury law. If you would like to enjoy the best odds of success, hire a lawyer to review your case and  give you advice.

Doing so is a smart move that protects your rights and gives you a good idea of what will likely happen as your case unfolds. Arming yourself with the right knowledge can give you the required motivation to make the right choice and get the best possible outcome in your case.

Turning to Olivier Miles Holtz

Each choice you make following an accident plays a role in your odds of success and it is critical that you make the right choices. The attorneys at Olivier Miles Holtz will help you navigate the entire process, standing by your side and guiding each step of the law.

Attorney Kasey Olivier helped lead litigation that has been pending since 2015 to resolution in April of this year. The case involved complex issues of federal immigration law, commonly known as the EB-5 foreign immigrant investor program, and unique areas of South Dakota law that had never been addressed in any court in the United States.

Hear lead attorney Kasey Olivier argue at the South Dakota Supreme Court:

See lead attorney Kasey Olivier on KSFY:

This week’s top news headlines focused news of life-threatening and fatal injuries resulting from crashes involving motorcycles and bicyclists. Drivers have been taken into custody and under investigation for vehicular homicide and vehicular battery. Victims have been hospitalized or have passed away due to their injuries.

In situations like these, victims may be warranted in bringing claims for full and fair compensation under South Dakota law. The at-fault driver’s conduct may qualify as felonious and warrant punitive damages, allowing a full and fair verdict and judgement against those responsible for the victims’ injuries and damages.

South Dakota law requires motor vehicle drivers to carry liability insurance to pay for damages in the event of disasters like we are seeking this week. For victims of these horrific accidents, it is important to act quickly and secure the right team to make sure evidence is preserved so the responsible parties cannot destroy or alter evidence.

The lawyers at Olivier Miles Holtz have investigated numerous wrongful death accidents involving negligent drivers in similar incidents. We only work with industry-leading safety engineers and experts to get answer that people need in wake of a tragedy.

At Olivier Miles Holtz, we actively advocate for safer highways and strict enforcement of the law to make sure drivers are not injured or killed in these disasters. Contact us immediately if you have questions or need a lawyer to help you find justice.