AUTOMOBILE CRASHES

Have You Been Injured in an Automobile Crash?

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Indiana, I can help. I know how overwhelming it can be to have your life disrupted by such a sudden and traumatic event.

I’m here to ease your burden. I can help you walk through the insurance claim process and any legal actions that might be necessary.

ARE YOU…

  • Feeling confused about what steps you need to take?
  • Wondering if you even have a claim?
  • Unsure of how to get help with your medical expenses or normal monthly bills?
  • Feeling stressed because of lost wages from the inability to work?

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Frequently Asked

Questions

How long do I have to make an injury claim after an automobile crash?

In Indiana, all legal claims have a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a time limit for filing a lawsuit for any particular claim. For claims of personal injury or property damage, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the occurrence that caused the injury or property damage.

There are some exceptions to this, but the general rule is two years from the date of the incident. If someone was hurt in a car crash (a driver, passenger, motorcycle rider, bicyclist, or pedestrian) or if there was damage to the vehicle or other personal property, the lawsuit must be filed against any potentially responsible party within two years of the date of the incident.

If you have been injured, call me so you can understand all of your options, including the time limitations for filing claims in Indiana.

How is fault determined in an automobile crash?

Negligence is defined as being careless or failing to act as a reasonably prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances. With car crashes, the typical legal claim is that the driver who caused the crash was careless in their driving, and their carelessness caused the crash and the resulting injuries or damages.

In crashes where negligence is the claim, Indiana has a system called comparative fault that determines the relative fault of any party involved in the crash. Comparative fault means the actions of all parties are “compared” or evaluated to determine which party has how much fault for a particular crash.

When a jury evaluates a car crash case, they determine the fault of the parties. If any fault is determined against the party bringing the claim, then the damages they can recover will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to them. If that fault exceeds 50% of the total fault, then Indiana law says that person loses their claim or lawsuit.

There is no precise method of assigning or comparing fault. This is where an experienced personal injury attorney can provide guidance on how an insurance company, judge, or jury might view a particular situation.

Seeking medical attention after an automobile accident.

After a car crash, it is important to seek medical attention when appropriate. Be sure to follow up on any treatments recommended by your doctor.

It is important to follow your doctors’ recommendations for treatment so that you can recover as quickly as possible from your injuries.

To prove your injuries and damages, you need documentation. That might be medical records, photographs, notes, journals, etc. People close to you can also provide testimony about the extent of your injuries and damages.

If you have been involved in an automobile crash in Indiana and have any questions, give me a call so we can discuss your needs and your case.