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The town of Brownsburg is located just northwest of Indianapolis in Hendricks County, Indiana. CNN Money has included Brownsburg in its ‘Best Places to Live’ listing for its great schools, a strong economy, and affordable homes. It’s a thriving community with parks and trails for everyone to enjoy. This popularity has increased the number of residents in Brownsburg to more than 27,000, and with this growing population comes more car accidents.
According to the 2019 Crash Facts Book, traffic crashes remain a severe threat of property damage and injuries in Hendricks County, with the county ranking 10th in the state out of 92 for collisions. If you or a loved one have been in a car accident, working with an experienced car accident lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve.
Car accidents can occur anywhere. Intersections and fast-moving interstates are particularly dangerous. Highway I-74 travels right through Brownsburg and has been the scene of many serious local accidents. The car accident attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham are local to the area and experienced in helping victims gain compensation following an accident.
Being involved in a car crash can be scary. Fortunately, it’s not an everyday occurrence, but that also means you may not know what steps to take following an accident. If involved in an accident, it’s recommended you follow these steps:
Many factors can contribute to a car accident. Even if it seems like the cause of an accident is straightforward, an experienced attorney will know that each situation is unique. Common causes of car accidents include:
Car accidents often cause injuries that range in severity. Many injuries may not show up right away, which is why it’s important to get evaluated immediately following a car accident. Common injuries that are caused by a car crash include:
Simply put, yes. Being in a car accident can be traumatizing. It’s important to take the time you need to heal, but medical bills may be piling up and you might not be able to work, adding to your stress. Perhaps your car was totaled. Hiring an attorney to help file a claim can take the pressure off. They’ll work with you each step of the way through the process to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Indiana law requires that you not leave the scene of an accident. You must also report any accident that results in any injuries or in property damage other than to the vehicles involved. So, while you are not required to report an accident with no injuries and only damage to the two cars involved, the lawyers at WKW recommend you file a report if you wish to pursue future compensation.
Let’s face it: car accidents are scary. At a minimum, they’re a hassle, and usually an expensive one. At the other end of the spectrum, they can result in the loss of a loved one. But no matter the severity of your accident, having an experienced car accident lawyer by your side can help.
Following an accident, you’re likely recovering from injuries and trying to get your life back on track. But medical bills are coming in, your vehicle needs repairs, and the insurance adjuster keeps calling, wanting to wrap your case up quickly. You don’t need to take all this on alone. An experienced lawyer will guide you through each step and manage the process for you, allowing you to put your energy towards healing. They’re familiar with the ins and outs of the process and know how to help you get maximum compensation.
While a car accident may seem straightforward as to who’s at fault, in reality each situation usually has its complexities. Both parties involved will have their perspectives, and witnesses may be questioned. Perhaps there were traffic cameras in the area that documented the crash. But the parties must come to an agreement as to who is at fault, or the case will move from settlement to courtroom.
Indiana is what’s known as an at-fault state. This means you can seek damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance as opposed to filing on your own policy. In some accidents, both parties may be found partially at fault, which would affect the settlement. If you are found to be 20% responsible, then you are only eligible to receive 80% of the settlement. Any driver that’s determined to be 51% or more at fault is not eligible to receive compensation from the accident.
It’s essential to document to scene immediately following an accident. This includes property damage, any injuries, road conditions, and the bigger picture of the scene of the accident. Your medical records will also play a role.
The car accident lawyers at WKW will go a step further. We have the latest technology and work with industry professionals for accident recreation using computer animation and medical imaging. They are familiar with the many other factors that can play a role in an accident and will pursue every angle to get you the best outcome possible.
There are two main types of compensation you may be entitled to following a car accident: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages, also known as special damages, are typically more straightforward as they have a quantifiable dollar amount associated with them. Examples include:
Non-economic damages, also known as general damages, do not have a dollar amount directly associated with them. Types of non-economic damages include:
One of the first steps your attorney will take is to determine the defendant in your case. In other words, who will be responsible for your compensation.
Most car accidents involve everyday drivers just like you. While the driver at fault would be the defendant, compensation would be pursued through their insurance company.
If the accident involves a commercial driver, there may be other avenues of compensation to pursue that an experience car accident lawyer would be aware of.
If you’re involved with a semi-truck in an accident, the scenario gets more complicated quickly as trucks are governed by both federal and state laws. Large trucking companies have a team of lawyers working for them, so it’s essential to begin working with a lawyer experienced in these matters right away to help ensure proper compensation.
Every car accident is unique, including yours, so the timeline also varies with each case. The majority of car accident claims end with a settlement between parties and not in a courtroom. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, then the case will proceed to court, which can last anywhere from months to years, depending on the case.
Selecting a lawyer to work with can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be. At WKW, we offer a free consultation so you can get to know us before making a hiring decision. The main thing you want to look for is an attorney with experience that is relevant to your case. In other words, don’t hire a general practitioner. You want to have an attorney who has worked extensively in other car accident cases. You also want someone who is a good personal fit for you and is someone you can trust.
Reputable, experienced car accident attorneys will work on a contingency basis. This means that there’s no up-front cost to you. Instead, when you receive your settlement, the attorney will get paid a percentage of the settlement.
Indiana law states a two-year statute of limitations on filing a car accident claim. The clock starts ticking the day of the crash. At WKW, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible following the accident so that we can guide you each step of the way.
Working with an experienced attorney will help to relieve stress in the aftermath of an accident and help you recover the maximum compensation. At Wilson Kehoe Winingham, we have experience on our side. Contact us for a free case evaluation or by phone at .317.576.3859.
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