Despite all the improvements in car safety, car accidents continue to pose a serious threat to Indiana residents. In Marion County alone, 37,447 collisions resulted in 100 fatalities. If you were injured in a car accident, you might be entitled to a settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance. Reach out to The Law Office of William W. Hurst for a free consultation today.
Car accidents typically occur because one or more drivers operated their motor vehicle carelessly. For example, they might have done any of the following, which led to a crash:
The key is whether the driver operated their vehicle with the care that a normally prudent person would under the circumstances. If not, they might be responsible for injuring you through their negligence.
Because of the force generated at impact, car accident can leave victims with devastating injuries, such as:
These injuries require quick medical treatment so that they do not worsen and cause even more complications. If you have been involved in an accident, go to the hospital immediately. Some injuries, like back or brain injuries, can develop slowly. By receiving prompt treatment, you give yourself the best chance for making a speedy recovery.
Unfortunately, some car accidents can be fatal. In some cases, family members left behind may be entitled to compensation under Indiana’s wrongful death statute, so it important for survivors to have their loved one’s accident reviewed by an attorney. Failing to do so could result in significant uncompensated losses.
The term “damages” to compensation you can receive if you are injured. Some of the damages commonly recovered in serious car accident cases include the following:
The amount you can receive depends on the circumstances, including the severity of your injuries and what economic losses you can prove. For this reason, it is vital to meet with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to estimate how much compensation might be available.
Sometimes it is obvious who caused the injury. For example, you might have been crossing an intersection when someone runs a red light and T-bones your car. However, in multi-vehicle wrecks it is harder to identify the party at fault. At the Law Office of William W. Hurst, we thoroughly investigate the accident to make sure that you pursue compensation from the party at fault. Depending on the circumstances, we may:
Once we identify the party at fault for your injuries, we can approach their insurance company to ask for compensation. In most cases, liability is not contested, making the only issue that needs to be resolved the amount the insurance company will pay you.
You should avoid trying to negotiate with an insurer on your own. Far too many clients come to us after having failed to negotiate an acceptable settlement with an insurer. Unfortunately, as part of their negotiations, they made key errors that affected their ability to recover compensation. Some of the more common errors include the following:
By working with an experienced car settlement lawyer, you can avoid making these errors. We have negotiated with some of the most powerful insurance companies in Indiana, and we know how to obtain fair settlements for our clients that get them back on their feet.
After a car accident, injured victims often feel panicked, unsure about what steps to take. Call us. At The Law Office of William W. Hurst, our team will fully investigate your case and identify the party responsible for your injuries. We have secured many favorable settlements and are prepared to use our experience for you. Call (317) 636-0808 or send an online message.
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