Car Accidents – Vanderburgh County Dan Tuley
Car Accidents in Vanderburgh County
Each year, more than 2.35 million Americans suffer serious or disabling injuries in a car accident. Additionally, 37,000 pass away as a result of injuries sustained in a crash. That’s according to the latest figures from The Association for Safe International Road Travel.
Few things can transform your life so quickly and so profoundly as a car accident. One second you’re in route to your destination and the next, your car is destroyed and you’re injured, confused, and scared.
Car accident injuries can vary from minor bumps and bruises to severe injuries that transform your way of life, leaving you with a disability, chronic pain, sky-high medical bills, and an inability to work or even care for yourself. Recovery can be even more challenging if you’ve lost a loved one in the collision.
Following a car accident, attorneys dealing in personal injury law can provide invaluable services to help you reclaim your life and recover from the crash. This is one of the many services offered by the Vanderburgh County car accident lawyers of Tuley Law Office. Our goal is to help you recover the compensation you deserve and need to maximize your quality of life.
We invite you to contact our Indiana law firm to discuss your car accident in a free, confidential consultation session. Call the attorneys of Tuley Law Office at (812) 434-1936.
Addressing Frequently Asked Questions About Indiana Car Accidents
Many drivers go decades without ever being involved in a serious accident, so it’s not uncommon for a motorist to be uncertain as to how to proceed following a collision. The Vanderburgh County car accident attorneys at Tuley Law Office will strive to answer your questions and provide guidance during this difficult and frightening time.
The following is a look at a few of the most common questions that our legal team receives on the topics of Indiana car accident lawsuits.
Do I Need to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
Vanderburgh County drivers are often uncertain if they need a personal injury lawyer’s representation for their case. With the exception of a very minor collision (one involving no damage and no injuries), virtually all drivers can benefit from hiring a lawyer. Car accident attorneys can help ensure that you get compensated in a timely manner.
You must remember that the insurance companies exist to turn a profit. To maximize their profits, it’s typical for insurers to offer a less-than-fair settlement to a driver. For this reason, it’s important to have an experienced auto accident attorney looking out for your interests. You should, at minimum, ask a trusted attorney to review your case and the settlement offer prior to accepting the funds.
Some insurance companies will even use unethical tactics, such as prolonging your case with the hopes that your need for financial compensation will prompt you to accept a settlement for an amount that’s less than what you should rightfully receive.
What’s more, many car accidents occur as a result of a driver’s inattentiveness, carelessness, or blatant negligence. In these cases, you may have a claim to compensation for not only your losses, but also for punitive damages (which are damages designed to penalize the other party.) So it’s important to consult with a personal injury attorney, especially if you or a loved one has suffered serious, lasting injuries, disfigurement, or passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the impact.
What Costs Can I Seek Reimbursement for Via a Car Accident Lawsuit?
The experienced team of personal injury attorneys with The Tuley Law Office will help you get compensated and reimbursed for a range of different losses and expenses stemming from your accident, including:
hospital bills and medical expenses;
physical therapy and rehabilitation costs;
lost wages, including money that a now-disabled person or decedent might have earned;
loss of companionship, pain and suffering;
funeral and burial costs (in the case of a fatality); and
other costs directly related to the injuries and losses suffered in the accident.
You can also seek compensation for a personal care attendant, child care, or other services that are required due to your inability to perform those tasks as a direct result of car accident injuries or disability.
Is Indiana a Fault State?
Indiana is considered a “fault state.” This means an injured driver will have to turn to the at-fault driver’s insurance company for compensation. Conversely, in a so-called “no-fault state,” drivers can call their own insurance company for compensation up to a certain dollar amount.
The process of determining fault in an accident and dealing with insurance companies can be challenging, but this is an area where your car accident lawyer can be a tremendous asset.
What is Indiana’s Comparative Fault System for Accidents?
In the state of Indiana, a comparative fault system is used to determine who was to blame for the accident. The facts and evidence are reviewed, and based upon this information, a percentage of blame is attributed to each of the involved parties.
This is significant because your percentage of fault can impact how much you receive by way of compensation. For example, if you’re found to be 10% at-fault, then a $10,000 settlement would typically be reduced to $9,000 to account for your 10% of the blame for the collision.
In cases where someone is found to be more than 50% at-fault, it can be very challenging to recover funds from the other party. Therefore, it’s important that you have an experienced Vanderburgh County accident lawyer working to ensure that you aren’t guilty when you are not at fault.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
Each case that we deal with is unique, so it’s difficult to draw generalizations. But in most personal injury and car accident cases, the legal fees are not on retainer basis, but rather a contingency basis. There is no up front payment or retainer, but the fees are deducted from the recovered funds.
In many situations, the other party may pay your legal expenses as part of a jury award or settlement.
Contact a Top Vanderburgh County Car Accident Lawyer to Handle Your Claim
Attorney Daniel Tuley, a personal injury lawyer with three decades of experience, founded Tuley Law. The legal team at Tuley Law is always available to discuss your car accident. Attorneys with our firm will provide you with a free consultation session so we can learn more about the specifics of your case.
Our goal is to help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve for your pain and suffering, your medical bills, your lost wages, and beyond. However, you must contact us immediately, because the longer you delay, the more challenging it becomes to bring about a positive outcome. Plus, the Indiana statute of limitations places a limit on how long you have to file a car accident lawsuit.
Contact the Vanderburgh County lawyers of Tuley Law Office by calling (812) 434-1936.