Why Do Car Accidents Happen in Indiana?
Our Fort Wayne lawyers explain the common causes and available options
Car accidents happen for many different reasons, but in general, when it comes to a bad car accident caused by another driver, it’s often because they were doing something they should not have been doing behind the wheel.
When this happens, it’s critical that you take strong legal action to protect your rights and explore your legal options. That’s why our attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs want to meet with you as soon as possible.
Our dedicated team of trial lawyers has more than 100 years of combined legal experience fighting for the rights of injury victims in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana. We’re familiar with the state and federal laws governing accidents. We know how the legal system works. As your law firm, we can thoroughly investigate your crash and find the facts you need to build the strongest possible legal case. You can count on us.
What are common causes of car accidents?
Accidents caused by other drivers often occur because the driver was being reckless or negligent behind the wheel. Specific examples often include:
- Speeding drivers going too fast and driving recklessly
- Distracted drivers not paying attention to the road, including texting while driving
- Drunk drivers or drivers under the influence of drugs
- Tired drivers who fall asleep at the wheel
Whatever the circumstances of your crash, it’s important to understand that every accident is different. No two crashes are ever the same. That’s why it’s important to have an attorney representing you who will thoroughly investigate your crash. Otherwise, you might have a hard time getting the money you rightfully deserve for your injury claim and accident-related expenses.
Who determines who’s at fault?
Insurance companies often play a significant role when it comes to determining who was at fault and who caused a crash. That’s why it’s important to understand the findings for your insurance company and other driver’s insurance company.
Your lawyer can be your voice for justice in such situations. Specifically, your attorney can make sure your version of what happened is clearly part of the official record, including your Indiana Officer's Standard Crash Report, which is the official police report for the accident.
It’s also important to understand that that other driver’s insurance company has a vested interest in proving that you were at fault, even if you did nothing wrong. That’s because Indiana has a fault-based insurance system. If the other driver’s insurance company can prove you were at fault, they don’t have to pay you a dime for your crash.
How much is my case worth?
Expenses can add up fast after a bad car accident. Depending on the severity of your injuries, how much time you need to recover and whether you can work during your recovery, the total value of your accident claim can quickly add up to thousands of dollars or significantly more.
What many people might not realize is that’s just the beginning. If you sustained a serious injury or permanent disability, you deserve to be financially compensated for all future expenses and anticipated loss of income, as well, including:
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Emergency medical care
- Surgical procedures
- Follow-up medical care
- Physical therapy
- Replace income during your recovery
- Lost future income if you cannot work due to a permanent disability sustained in your crash
It’s also important to understand that you often can only obtain all the money you will need now and in the future just one time. You cannot come back several years later and ask for more money. Once you accept a settlement offer, that offer is final. It is critical that you carefully consider all your options. You need a lawyer you can trust who can walk you through which approach makes the most sense for your situation.
Get the law firm that gets results. Contact us.
We understand the complexity and urgency of many car accident cases. Bills can add up fast. Insurance companies can be relentless, either pressuring you to accept an offer or ignoring your demands for compensation.
We know how to hold insurance companies accountable. We know what evidence matters to them and we know how to negotiate effectively with them. If they refuse to cooperate, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Get the law firm that gets results. Contact us 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.