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Indiana Car Accident Lawyers
Auto Accident Attorneys Serving Madison County and Hamilton County
A car accident can be devastating for you and your family, and your injuries may require months or years of medical attention and therapy. An accident can keep you out of work for a long time, but your expenses and medical bills will continue to pile up. There are thousands of serious car accidents every year in Indiana. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident, a skilled lawyer can help you seek the compensation that you deserve. The car accident lawyers at GDS Law Group, LLP understand how an accident can turn your life upside down, and we know how to help you during this difficult time.
Steps You Should Take If You Are In a Car Accident
It’s important to seek medical attention for you and your passengers immediately after being in a car accident. Even injuries that seem minor can become much worse if they are left untreated. Once possible, you should call your car accident attorney to help you begin the legal process to seek damages for your injuries from the negligent parties. While a knowledgeable attorney will know how to best proceed with your case, certain things that you should also consider doing after your accident include:
- Exchange insurance and contact information with any other drivers in the accident.
- Make a list of everyone who may have witnessed your accident.
- Continue to follow up with your doctor, and be sure to inform them that you were recently in a car accident.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, and damage to your vehicle.
- Report the accident to police, which is mandatory if someone is hurt or the property damages may be more than $1,000.
Common Causes Of Car Wrecks In Indiana
An experienced car wreck attorney understands that no two accidents are alike, and the proper evidence must be gathered to determine the cause of your accident. Devastating accidents can happen on busy and chaotic interstate highways, dangerous rural roads, or in quiet neighborhoods where drivers are often distracted behind the wheel. In order to recover the compensation that you need after a serious car wreck, your attorney will have to identify the causes for the accident that resulted in your injuries.
Of the many different facts which can result in a serious wreck, one or several of the following may have played a role in your accident:
- Speeding and aggressive driving
- Drunk or drowsy driving
- Defective or damaged car parts
- Texting while driving
- Debris or equipment carelessly left on the road
- Road hazards or potholes
- Ridesharing or Uber accidents
- Careless or unqualified truck driving
- Reckless teen driving
Types Of Car Crashes
There are tens of thousands of car accidents in Indiana every year, and thousands of them result in injuries to those involved. A skilled car accident injury lawyer understands how the type of wreck you are in will likely affect your injuries, and how it can also help determine who was at fault. It’s also important to consider that any type of accident can have a significant impact on those involved, and even low speed impacts can cause great physical harm. GDS Law Group, LLP has helped clients after many different types of car crashes including:
- Hit and run accidents
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Parking lot or driveway accidents
- Left turn accidents
- Bike and pedestrian accidents
Establishing Liability In Your Accident
In order to recover compensation for your damages and injuries, your car wreck lawyer will have to clearly establish who was responsible for your accident. This requires showing who was negligent, and how their negligence clearly resulted in your injuries. Our office knows how to determine responsibility for an accident by studying evidence including witness and police reports, physical injuries, and accident reconstruction data.
Many people who are in a serious car accident worry that they might not be able to recover damages if they shared some fault in the wreck. Indiana courts follow a comparative negligence system where anyone can recover damages from an accident so long as they are not responsible for more than 50 percent of the negligence that caused the wreck. The compensation that someone can receive in an accident is reduced by what is found to be their share of the negligence that contributed to the wreck. For example, the court may determine that the other party should pay you $100,000 in damages while also finding you responsible for 20 percent of the negligence that resulted in the accident. In this case your award will be reduced by 20 percent, and you can recover $80,000.
Winning Compensation In Your Car Accident Case
Whether you or a loved one suffer anything from bruises to a brain injury from a car accident, winning compensation will require dealing with opposing lawyers, insurance companies, and the complex court process. An experienced car accident injury lawyer knows how to negotiate with insurance companies who are trying to reduce their liability. After building a strong case, your lawyer can get an adequate settlement offer from the opposing insurance company, or win your case in court if the other side does not want to settle. GDS Law Group, LLP can recover compensation to help you with many things including:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and anguish
A Car Crash Lawyer From GDS Law Group, LLP Can Help You
There’s often a lot of confusion and uncertainty after a serious car accident. If you and your family are in this difficult situation, you will need an experienced car injury lawyer to work for the compensation that you deserve. Indiana’s statute of limitations law requires that any legal action seeking damages from a car accident be filed within two years of the incident. Since your lawyer will need to properly gather evidence and investigate your case, it’s important to not delay when reaching out for professional legal help.