What Are Common Car Accidents?
Our Fort Wayne lawyers explain the difference
There are many different types of car accidents. Some might seem straightforward at first, but most accidents turn out to be far more complicated than many people expect. That’s why it’s important to take your accident seriously right from the start. Otherwise, you might not get the money you deserve for your accident-related expenses.
Our dedicated team of trial lawyers at Glaser & Ebbs knows how to handle a wide range of car accidents. We understand the differences and similarities between different accidents. We know what evidence matters and how to find it. Our knowledge and expertise come from 100 years of combined legal experience. We know what to do and aggressively investigate each case in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana.
Different types of car accidents
Car accidents caused by other drivers can cover a wide range. Some of the most common – and most serious – crashes we regularly deal with at our law firm include:
- Rear-end accidents caused by drivers in the vehicle behind you
- Head-on collisions at intersections, busy streets or rural roads
- Hit-and-run accidents in which the driver flees the scene of the crash
- Lyft & Uber accidents or other types of rideshare accidents
- Uninsured driver accidents, as well as crashes caused by underinsured drivers
- Fatal car accidents that also often involve wrongful death cases
Whatever type of accident you’re dealing with, an experienced attorney can investigate your crash and find the evidence you need to demand the money you deserve.
How much are different accidents worth?
There’s no set dollar amount when it comes to different types of accidents. Each accident is unique. Similar accidents might be worth significantly more than others. The bottom line is you should be financially compensated for all your accident-related expenses.
This is especially true in Indiana, which has a fault-based insurance system. That means the at-fault party (and their insurance company) is responsible for financially compensating you and anyone else injured in the accident.
Some of the accident expenses people are normally compensated for often include:
- Ambulance fees
- Emergency medical care
- Overnight hospital bills
- Follow-up medical care
- Physical therapy
- Vehicle repairs or replacement costs
- Replacement income during your recovery
- Lost future income if you cannot work due to a permanent disability
All these expenses can quickly add up to thousands of dollars or significantly more. In each case, you should be fairly compensated for all your expenses. Otherwise, you could end up having to pay these bills out of your own pocket. That’s not right. You didn’t do anything wrong. You deserve to be fairly and fully compensated.
Should I accept a settlement offer?
Don’t be surprised if the at-fault driver’s insurance company makes a settlement offer after your accident. When this happens, it can be very tempting to accept their offer to resolve your accident claim.
Many settlement offers don’t come close to covering all your accident expenses, however. Instead, most insurance company settlement offers only include money for expenses immediately after your accident, not future expenses.
Additional future expenses can be significant. If you accept an offer than does not take them into consideration, you cannot go back later and ask for more money. Most settlement offers are final. That’s why it’s critical that you carefully consider any offer before agreeing to accept it.
Many times, insurance companies are willing to negotiate and offer additional money. If they refuse to negotiate in good faith and will not increase their offer, you have the right to reject their offer and take legal action – including filing a lawsuit – if necessary.
Whatever type of accident you’re dealing with, we can help
There are so many legal issues to deal with after a bad car accident. Whatever type of crash you’re dealing with, don’t try to tackle your accident on your own. We can fight for you. Contact our law firm and schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys after your car accident. We can answer your questions, explain your options and get right to work on your accident claim. Schedule an appointment at one of our offices conveniently located in Fort Wayne and other locations in Indiana.