Car Accident Lawyers Who Get Results
Fighting for injury victims in Fort Wayne
Car accidents happen fast. In an instant, you or a loved one can sustain a serious injury in a bad accident caused by another driver. Knowing what to do next can be overwhelming. Even knowing what your rights are might not be clear. That’s why it’s important to clearly understand the legal options available to you. That’s why we want to meet with you.
Our team of trial lawyers at Glaser & Ebbs has decades of experience dealing with serious car accidents in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience. As a result, we know exactly what to do after your crash. We thoroughly understand the state and federal laws governing accidents. When you hire us, we will thoroughly investigate your accident. We won’t waste any time. We’ll get straight to work and aggressively demand the money you deserve. We fight to win.
What is an at-fault car accident?
When one driver causes a collision involving another driver (or a pedestrian or cyclist), the driver who caused the crash is said to be at fault. In legal terms, this means the at-fault driver is liable (legally responsible) for financially compensating anyone who was hurt in the accident and experienced any financial losses.
These rules apply to states with a “fault” or tort-based car insurance liability system. In contrast, some states have what is commonly referred to as a “no fault” car insurance system. This means who is at fault does not come into play when awarding compensation after a crash. Instead, injured drivers or passengers file accident claims with their own insurance company.
Indiana is different. Indiana has a traditional “fault” based system when it comes to car accident injury claims. As a result, the at-fault driver is responsible for paying for all accident-related expenses if someone suffers an injury due to the at-fault driver’s reckless or negligent actions.
Who decides which driver is at fault?
Many people will often have an opinion on who was at fault after your accident. What matters most is what each one of your car insurance companies says when it comes to determining who was the at-fault driver
If the other driver’s insurance company claims you were at fault, your insurance company will likely be responsible for paying for the other driver’s expenses. Your insurance rates will also likely go up significantly and you may not get the money you rightfully deserve for your crash. Instead, you may have to pay for your accident expenses out of your own pocket if it’s determined that you are at fault.
Your lawyer can help you set the record straight. They can work with you and the insurance companies to make sure your side of the story is heard loud and clear. Your lawyer can also negotiate a settlement claim on your behalf with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The bottom line – if you were not at fault, you should not have to pay for a crash you did not cause.
Who can I sue after my accident?
If the at-fault driver’s insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith or make a fair settlement offer, don’t give up. You have options. One of those options includes filing a lawsuit to obtain the money you deserve for your accident expenses, especially if you sustained a serious car accident injury.
But who can you sue after a bad car accident? What are your options? In most cases, you can file a lawsuit against anyone who caused your car accident and who’s legally responsible for compensating you. This often includes
- The at-fault driver
- The at-fault driver’s insurance company
- Anyone who sold or served alcohol to someone who was intoxicated, then caused your drunk driving accident. (These are known as dram shop claims.)
- The manufacturer of the vehicle (if a vehicle defect caused your crash, for example)
Make sure you fully explore all your legal options after your accident. Filing a lawsuit may be the best way to get the money you deserve after your crash. Just don’t wait too long to file a lawsuit. You only have a limited amount of time to take legal action in Indiana. If you miss this deadline (known as the statute of limitations) you could miss out on your opportunity for justice.
What expenses are covered in an accident claim?
If someone caused your car accident, you should be compensated for all your accident-related expenses. What some people might not realize is these expenses include more than just emergency medical bills immediately after an accident. You should be paid for any financial losses during your lifetime due to your accident, especially if you sustained a serious injury or permanent disability due to your accident. Expenses may include money for:
- Emergency medical care
- Ambulance fees
- Surgical procedures
- Follow-up medical procedures
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Lost income during your recovery
- Replacement income if you cannot return to work due to a permanent disability
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances
- Funeral expenses in the case of a fatal car accident
The financial impact of a bad car accident can add up fast. Make sure you get the money you deserve after your accident. Talk to an attorney who understands how the legal systems works.
How can a lawyer help me?
When you have an experienced attorney on your side, you can take an aggressive stance in support of your injury claim. Your lawyer can help you in many ways, including:
- Conducting a thorough, independent investigation of your car accident
- Making sure the information included in your official accident report is accurate
- Consulting with accident reconstruction experts, if necessary
- Dealing directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf
- Negotiating an accident settlement claim on your behalf
- Filing a lawsuit or taking other legal action on your behalf
- Representing you at all court appearances if your case goes to trial
Car accidents often turn out to be complicated legal cases. Make sure you have a lawyer on your side who knows what to do and who will vigorously stand up for your rights.
Demand the money you deserve. Contact us.
There are so many legal issues that often come up when it comes to car accident claims. If you don’t act fast, your case might not get the attention it rightfully deserves. Our lawyers know how the legal system works and can tackle any legal issues you may encounter. That’s because we have been working with people injured in serious car accidents in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana for decades.
Don’t wait for the other driver’s insurance company to make a lowball offer or deny your claim. Take charge of your case right from the start. Contact our law firm and schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys after your car accident. We have offices in Fort Wayne and other locations conveniently located throughout Indiana.