Unfortunately, car accidents commonly take place in the Indianapolis area. In fact, in Indiana alone, traffic collisions resulted in 779 fatalities in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from 2011. Meanwhile, 188,841 traffic accidents resulted in injuries or property damage, about even with 2011. In many cases, these incidents severely injured people through no fault of their own, and leaving them with significant economic and non-economic losses.
When the negligence of others causes injuries in motor vehicle accidents, Indiana law entitles victims to compensation for the damages they sustain. While in many instances these cases resolve without a lawsuit, anyone hurt in an accident should retain an attorney as soon as they can. To schedule a free case evaluation with Indianapolis attorney Merry Fountain, call our office today or send us an email through our online contact form.
*Statistics compiled by the Indiana State Police
What Causes Indianapolis Car Accidents?
Although drunk driving remains a leading cause of fatal collisions, in 2011 distracted driving killed more than 3,000 people nationally. More and more people are texting and driving and multi-tasking in other ways, sometimes with fatal consequences. Drivers can exhibit many forms of negligence behind the wheel, and many common traffic violations cause serious accidents that leave victims with injuries that can damage them for weeks, months, or even the rest of their lives. Common causes of car crashes, in addition to drunk and distracted driving, include:
- Following too closely
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Running stop signs or stoplights
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Aggressive driving
- Failing to use headlights when required
- Ignoring unsafe weather conditions
- Driving while impaired by drugs
Furthermore, other drivers do not cause all preventable accidents. For example, in some cases, poor vehicle design, manufacture, or a failure on the part of the manufacturer to warn consumers about an easily mitigated risk result in accidents. In these instances, victims may recover compensation from the vehicle manufacturer.
Similarly, failure on the part of a private party or government agency to design safe roads or adequately maintain them can cause accidents. Hazardous road conditions that may result in negligence on the party of the person or entity responsible for the road include potholes, inadequate drainage, missing or inadequate signs, overgrown vegetation, and inadequate lighting. When these hazards result in accidents, however, the law typically gives victims much shorter time periods in which to file claims. Consequently, anyone hurt in an accident caused by a hazardous road condition should speak to a lawyer immediately.
Accidents resulting from unreasonably dangerous roads or vehicle defects often involve single vehicles, but people hurt in single vehicle accidents often do not even think that someone else could have caused their crashes. For this reason, talk to a lawyer after any accident, because failing to recognize the cause of an accident within a certain amount of time could result in the inability to recover compensation for your losses. Keep in mind that because we offer free consultations, you risk nothing by reviewing the facts of your case with an attorney—but doing so could result in you obtaining significant compensation.
Protecting Your Rights After an Indianapolis Car Accident People who car accidents hurt may experience significant losses, both economic and noneconomic. These tend to include medical expenses, vehicle repairs, pain and suffering, lost income, and lost quality of life, just to name a few. In many instances, these losses can continue accruing for years, particularly in cases in which victims cannot return to the work they did before their accidents or if they require ongoing medical care. In accident cases involving catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, the compensation victims obtain can rise well into the millions of dollars.
Because of these potentially significant losses, car accident victims must do everything they can to protect their legal rights. Accident victims can protect their legal rights in the days and weeks after an accident by:
- Obtaining information – If you are in an accident and do not require emergency medical attention, gather as much information as you can. Exchange information with other drivers and try and collect contact information from witnesses. Take pictures of the aftermath of the accident from various angles, making sure to highlight vehicle damage and any road conditions that you believe may have contributed to the accident.
- Seeking medical attention – Every car accident victim should undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible—even if you think that you didn’t suffer serious injuries or that they will heal on their own. Insurance companies (and courts) want to see documentation of victim losses, and a medical record describing the severity and extent of your injuries can help establish damages.
- Keeping notes about how your injuries hurt you – Medical records are important, but so are records you keep about the way that your injuries hurt you on a daily basis. Keep notes about any pain you experience, difficulties you have performing everyday tasks, sleeplessness, or events your injuries force you to miss.
- Calling a lawyer as soon as possible – As an accident victim, you can say and do things that can hurt your chances of recovering compensation. For example, insurance company adjusters can ask questions designed to get you to accidentally admit fault, and they can use what you post on social media as evidence that you are not as hurt as you claim. An attorney, however, will advise you as to how to conduct yourself to maximize your chances of recovering compensation (including, potentially, referring you to medical specialists) and will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. In addition, should an insurance company accuse you of fault, your attorney will begin investigating your accident and gathering evidence that supports your position that someone else’s negligence caused the wreck.
What You Can Expect From Indianapolis Auto Accidents Attorney Merry Fountain
I will personally provide you with a free legal consultation based on your police report. I will not delegate our consultation to someone else.
If I represent you, I will:
- Personally meet with you at a time and place of your convenience
- Make you and your personal injury settlement a priority
- Help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation under Indiana law for your separate settlement for damage to your vehicle and any other property free of charge
- Promptly return all of your phone calls
- Answer your questions
- Keep your information confidential
- Aggressively represent you
If an auto accident injured you, there is nothing routine about it to you. I still remember every detail of the auto accident I was in years ago—where it happened, who talked to me, what they said, the ambulance ride, and how everything seemed to move in slow motion.
The most important things to do immediately after your auto accident are to call 911, obtain medical treatment, talk to no one except the police about what happened, and notify your own insurance company. Take photographs of the vehicles, the scene, and your injuries if you can.
If an auto accident injured you in Indiana, do not give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company under any circumstances without first consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Injured in an Auto Accident in Indianapolis? Get a Free, Immediate Consultation
You can call my office 24/7—my consultations are always free, in-depth, and given by me personally. I will meet with you in your home if that is more convenient than my office. And I never charge a fee until you win your personal injury settlement.
Call (888) 242-HURT (4878) for a free, immediate consultation.