Understanding how South Dakota bodily injury works will help you understand how you will get your medical care covered for your injuries. All states have requirements for the type of car insurance you are required to purchase in order to drive. In South Dakota, you are required to carry Liability, which is divided into Bodily Injury Liability and Property Damage Liability,and Underinsured motorist coverage.
South Dakota bodily injury rules mean you will seek medical coverage from the at fault drivers Bodily Injury Liability coverage. Because South Dakota does not require PIP coverage you may not have selected PIP insurance. Your own company can tell you if you have PIP coverage.
If you do not, your injuries will be paid for by the insurance company of the driver at fault in the accident, through their bodily injury liability coverage.
If you are at fault in the accident, your bodily injury liability will not cover these injuries, you will either need to open a PIP claim, if you chose this coverage, or you will need to use your health insurance.
Your coverage pays for serious and permanent injury or death to others when you cause a crash involving your automobile. Your insurance company will pay for injuries to others, up to the limits of your policy and provide legal representation for you if you get sued.To best understand how to have your car accident injuries paid for, call your own insurance company, even if you are not at fault. Your own insurance company can help you sort out how to proceed with this car accident injury.
Underinsured/Uninsured motorist coverage is coverage you are required to have if you are a South Dakota driver. This coverage will cover medical bills and other expenses, including wage loss, if you are involved in an accident with a driver who is not insured, or whose insurance coverage is not high enough to cover your medical bills.
South Dakota uses a Pure Comparative Fault rule, which means that an injured person can recover damages, even if the injured person was 99% at fault. However, the recovery will be reduced by amount of fault.
Determining who is at fault after a car accident is complicated and cannot be sorted out online. Your insurance company will help you with this.
The Statute of Limitations means that you must file a lawsuit or close or settle your case within your state time limits. The time clock starts on the day of the car accident.
Injury: 3 years
Property Damage: 6 years
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