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William W. Hurst – Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyer

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 35,647 people were killed as a result of car accidents, making car accidents the leading cause of death in the United States. Many more people suffer serious injuries as a result of car accidents and more than 2.2 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as a result of being injured in car and truck crashes in 2012. So what could be done to help?

According to the NHTSA in these accidents seatbelts increase your chances of surviving an accident by 45%.  Despite this information the NHTSA reports 53% of those who died in car accidents in 2009 were Seatbeltnot wearing their seatbelts. Of all persons who have been killed in crashes the least likely to wear a seatbelt are teens age 13 to 20 years of age.  In 2012 approximately 55% of the people in that age group who were killed were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Clearly seatbelt use is lower in States with no seatbelt laws as compared to States with primary enforcement law.

To increase their use among adults it is necessary for States to have primary enforcement seatbelt laws which increase use and reduce deaths. Rates of seatbelt use are 9% higher in primary enforcement states than secondary states. These laws need to be enforced and the public needs to be educated with regard to making seatbelt use a social norm.

Thirty-four states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have primary seatbelt laws for front seat occupants.  Fifteen states have secondary laws.  Secondary seatbelt laws require the law enforcement officers to issue a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt only when there is another citable traffic infraction.

With regard to rear seats, 28 states, D.C., Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands have laws requiring their use by all rear seat passengers. In 17 of these states, D.C., Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands the law is primary.  For an accurate listing of seatbelt laws as of January, 2016 see this CDC report.

All states should have primary enforcement laws for both front and rear seats in order to encourage the citizens of their states to wear their seatbelts and save lives. Additionally, please wear your seatbelt.

Seek Help From An Experienced Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an automobile or truck accident due to the negligence or lack of care of another, contact the experienced automobile/truck accident attorneys at the law firm of William W. Hurst.  You can contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation and we’ll give you tips, information and other supporting advice for your case.  Should you decide that we should represent you we will do this on a contingency basis which means that there is no fee unless we recover for you.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney