Indianapolis Car Accident Settlement Lawyer

A Dedicated Attorney Fighting for Car Crash Victims in Indianapolis

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.

Causes of Car Accidents

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:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Swerving in and out of lanes
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Operating the vehicle while intoxicated or high
  • Failing to yield
  • Failing to obey traffic signs or signals
  • Driving while distracted, such as reading a text message or talking on the phone

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.

Common Accident Injuries

Because of the force generated at impact, car accident can leave victims with devastating injuries, such as:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Crushed limbs
  • Amputations
  • Joint dislocations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Neck injuries
  • Back sprains and strains
  • Head injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Paralysis

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.

Money Damages

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:

  • Medical costs
  • Future medical care
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • In Indiana wrongful death claims, survivors may be able to recover compensation for other losses, including:
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses to treat the deceased before they died
  • Lost wages and benefits the deceased would have earned had they lived

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.

Investigating the Crash

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:

  • Review the police report
  • Interview any witnesses about what they saw
  • Listen to your own memories about what happened
  • Inspect the vehicles involved in the crash, which might yield important clues about who is responsible
  • Visit the scene of the accident
  • Ask the other driver questions that they must answer under oath
  • Based on our review, we will have a better idea whether the driver operated their vehicle negligently or recklessly, which is necessary for making a successful claim for compensation

The Settlement Process

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:

  • They admitted to fault for the accident. If your own negligence contributed to the crash, then you can expect to receive less compensation. In some situations, you might not receive anything. It is best not to make statements to the insurer that will be used against you.
  • They undervalued their injuries. Before you can ask for an appropriate amount of money, you have to know how much your injuries are worth. This can be difficult for members of the public to calculate on their own.
  • They didn’t hold out for more money. An insurer does not have your best interest at heart, so you cannot expect them to offer fair compensation. Instead, they try to settle claims for as little money as possible.
  • They signed a waiver. As part of any settlement, you must agree not to sue the driver in court based on the accident. Judges will enforce this waiver, which means you are forever barred from getting more compensation even when it becomes apparent you didn’t settle for enough to cover your medical expenses.

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.

Call an Indianapolis Car Settlement Lawyer

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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