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How to Protect Your Rights after a Sudden Accident

Car Accident Rights Attorney Indianapolis

It’s a common occurrence—you’re driving along at the speed limit on your way to the store to grab some groceries. You slow down for a red light and the driver behind you doesn’t. Accidents happen suddenly, out of nowhere, and most of the time they occur so quickly that there is little time to prepare. Some of the most catastrophic accidents result in serious injury and require extended medical treatment. It’s important to understand your rights to compensation. A part of this means that you will need to collect substantial evidence to support what happened in the accident.


When you’re involved in a car accident in Indiana, there are specific steps that you should take in order to protect your rights.

1. Stop and Evaluate the Damage

Pull over to the side of the road out of traffic and gauge when it is safe to step out of your car. Indiana State law requires that when you are in an accident, the negligent party must initiate the exchange of insurance information with the other driver.

2. Contact the Police

Calling the police to report the accident is an important step in protecting your rights. Having an official piece of documentation from the police can help support your claim once you start to discuss the accident with the insurance companies.

3. Take Pictures and Record Statements

The more documentation of the accident you can collect, the stronger your case will be. If possible, take pictures of the damage and the placement of the cars. Gather eyewitness testimony and written statements from those who saw the accident happen.

4. Seek Medical Attention

If you or the other driver have sustained a serious injury, this should actually be your very first step. Even if you have only experienced a few minor scrapes and bruises, it is a good idea to see a medical professional for an examination. Some injuries can be delayed and only present themselves days or even weeks later. Having medical documentation of an initial examination will help support future medical claims, and can be essential in receiving just compensation.

5. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Working with the insurance companies can be a complicated process. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to take the initial settlement offer. Oftentimes this offer does not reflect the magnitude of the injury or cover the medical costs. Working with an experienced professional to receive fair compensation is an important piece of the process.

Call an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Discuss your Claim

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a sudden accident in the Indianapolis area, much of your time and energy will be dedicated to focusing on rest and recovery. The process of opening a claim against a negligent individual or company can seem daunting. As medical bills and lost wages start to accumulate, financial loss can add anxiety and stress to the entire situation. The experienced attorneys at The Law Office of William Hurst are available to help. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to collect just compensation for your injury. Call us today at (317) 636-0808 or contact us online for an initial consultation.

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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