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An Automobile Accident Can Happen to Anyone

Car Accident Attorney Indianapolis

Although sitting in your car and traveling at a slow pace might seem relatively harmless, more than 35,000 people died in traffic accidents in the United States during 2015. Unfortunately, traffic accidents are on the rise in recent years. This number has grown from nearly 33,000 traffic accident-related deaths in 2014—a 7.2 percent increase in fatalities, and the largest increase since an 8.1 percent increase from 1965 to 1966. The Department of Transportation estimated that nearly 2.5 million people were injured in traffic accidents in 2015.

Almost all segments of the road-traveling public saw increases in fatalities, including passenger vehicle occupants, passengers of large trucks, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, men and women, daytime drivers, and nighttime drivers. Drivers of large commercial trucks were among the only groups that did not see increases in fatalities. The DOT’s estimated number of police-reported crashes rose from 6 million to 6.3 million, an increase of 3.8 percent over 2014.

Think injury from a traffic accident can’t happen to you? Think again:

  • Passenger car and light-truck occupant fatalities in 2015 hit their highest level since 2009.
  • SUV occupant fatalities in 2015 were up by 10.1 percent from 2014.
  • Van occupant fatalities were up 9.3 percent.
  • Passenger car occupant fatalities increased by 5.7 percent.
  • Pickup truck occupant fatalities rose by 4.7 percent.
  • Motorcyclist fatalities were up 8.3 percent.

It isn’t just that raw numbers are up. It should be no surprise that since more drivers are on the road, the number of accidents has increased as well. But while vehicle miles traveled increased 3.5 percent from 2014, the largest increase since 1992, the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles increased to 1.12 from 1.08 in 2014.

The Roads Aren’t Getting Safer

While 2015 is the last year for which full statistics are available, the statistics don’t look better for 2016. On October 6, 2017, the Department of Transportation announced that more than 37,000 persons died in traffic accidents in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase from 2015. Miles traveled increased by 2.2 percent, but that still yielded a fatality rate of 1.18 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, up 2.6 percent from 2015. Deaths related to speeding, drunk driving, and not using seat belts were up, and motorcyclist and pedestrian deaths accounted for a large portion of the increase from 2015.

Automobile accidents clearly remain a high risk to both drivers and passengers alike. While federal statistics deal primarily with fatalities, clearly far more people are hurt than killed in traffic accidents. And if you are injured in an automobile accident, you should explore your rights to compensation.

If You Have Been in an Automobile Accident in the Indianapolis Area, Contact Personal Injury Law Attorney William W. Hurst

If you have been involved in an automobile accident in the Indianapolis area, consult a personal injury law attorney to determine what your rights are under the circumstances of your accident.

Attorney William W. Hurst can assist in protecting your rights when you are involved in such an accident. You can reach him at (317) 636-0808 or at his firm’s online contact form.

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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