Will Your Car Accident Case Settle or Go to Trial?

Indianapolis Personal Injury Law William W. Hurst

If a car accident injured you, you’re no doubt overwhelmed and are probably concerned about what comes next. Many accident victims ponder whether their car accident case will settle or if it is more likely to go on to trial. While every car accident case is unique, several significant factors can play a determinative role in whether your case will settle out of court.

Statute of Limitations

Indiana has a two-year statute of limitations for car accident claims, which means that you have two years from the time of your accident to settle your claim. If you can’t obtain a fair settlement from the insurance company within this two-year timeframe, you’ll need to file suit to preserve your claim.

Your Claim’s Worth

When someone else’s negligence injured you in a car accident, calculating your total damages can prove difficult. This is exactly why you should never agree to a settlement offer before consulting an experienced Indiana car accident attorney. Your car accident claim’s worth will depend on a range of elements:

  • The severity of the accident
  • The severity of your injuries and the extent of related medical expenses
  • Whether your injuries are catastrophic or permanent
  • The amount of medical expenses calculated for your ongoing treatments and therapy (including for mental health issues)
  • Your lost work hours and your diminished earning potential
  • Your pain and suffering

Calculating your total damages is a complicated process that necessitates experienced legal guidance.

Will Your Case Settle?

Most car accident cases in Indiana do settle. If they didn’t, the courts could never keep up with the sheer volume of cases. Insurance companies, however, are in the business of turning a profit—not in the business of ensuring that you’re adequately compensated for your damages. Remember that it’s in your best interest to allow a skilled car accident attorney to help guide your car accident claim toward a fair settlement.

Typically, car accident cases go to trial either in the event of a liability dispute—when it’s not clear which party caused the accident—or when the insurance company (or the injured party) declines to negotiate a reasonable settlement amount. In such instances, your car accident attorney will help you carefully consider your options and will help navigate your claim toward trial—if that’s the best option for protecting your rights and your rightful compensation.

Consult an Indianapolis Car Accident Attorney Today

If someone else’s negligence injured you in a car accident, you need experienced legal counsel. The dedicated legal team at The Law Office of William W. Hurst in Indianapolis has the experience, skill, and knowledge to help guide your case toward its best possible resolution. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at (317) 636-0808 to schedule a free consultation today.

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Indianapolis Personal Injury Law William W. Hurst
William W. Hurst

Bill Hurst has successfully represented hundreds of accident victims, and has limited his practice to personal injury cases for over thirty-five (35) years.


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