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We all know how quickly a car accident can totally and permanently change our lives, and how it can tragically transform the way we’ve been living our lives up until the crash. All can change in a few seconds. One moment you’re driving to work or school or to the store when suddenly you’re impacted by another vehicle, resulting in serious damage, injuries or worse.
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, it’s estimated that over 2.35 million Americans are injured or disabled in car accidents annually, with an additional 37,000 losing their lives in car crashes.
A collision can leave you not only injured, but left fearing for the future as you may be unable to work, care for yourself and unable to travel due to your damaged (or totaled) car. Things could be complicated further if you lost a loved one in the crash.
Navigating the legal process, dealing with insurers and other related issues can be a real challenge, especially if you’re in the midst of dealing with health issues and injuries. But this is where it can be helpful to work with the team of injury lawyers at Tuley Law Office.
Founded by Attorney Daniel Tuley, who has over 30 years of experience under his belt, our legal team is here to discuss the specifics of your situation during a free consultation session. But we advise you to take action very quickly, because the law restricts the time you have to file a claim. Call the car accident attorneys of Tuley Law Office by calling (812) 434-1936.
Common Questions People Have Regarding Car Accidents In Indiana
Serious accidents, especially the ones involving injuries, are something that most of us are not used to deal with, which can make the process even more challenging to navigate. To compound matters, each state’s laws concerning personal injury law, insurance compensation and other issues surrounding auto accidents are fairly unique.
Fortunately, when you turn to an experienced auto injury lawyer dealing in car accidents, you can get the answers you need, along with guidance as you move forward to get the compensation you deserve to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
Why Do I Need an Auto Accident Lawyer?
Hiring an attorney to represent you after a car crash is important for several reasons. Firstly, it’s important to remember that insurance companies exist to profit, and they make a concerted effort to minimize payouts and settlements.
So it’s not uncommon for an insurer to offer a settlement for an amount that’s much lower than what the driver deserves, with the hope that they’ll accept the settlement because they want to get some money quickly. This is one area where an attorney can help, as your personal injury lawyer will strive to maximize your compensation so you get every penny that you deserve.
Additionally, a car crash can involve serious injuries and even fatalities, which may entitle you to additional compensation. But navigating the system can be a challenge, especially while you’re dealing with serious injuries or the devastating loss of a loved one. This is another area where working with an attorney can be beneficial, as your lawyer can represent your interests and handle certain accident related matters on your behalf.
In all, hiring an experienced car accident lawyer dramatically increases your chances of seeing fair, timely compensation for your losses. Especially, attorneys with our firm who will work diligently to get you the best outcome for your case.
Is Indiana a Fault State?
When discussing insurance claims that are filed after an accident, lots of drivers have heard of the term “fault state” and “no-fault” state. Indiana is actually considered to be a “fault state” and as such, an injured driver should always talk to the insurance company of the other driver (the “at-fault” party) to arrange compensation for their medical expenses and other losses.
In the case of a “no-fault” state, drivers turn to their own insurance company in the hopes of receiving compensation for property damage, medical bills and other losses following a crash. This compensation is usually provided up to a specific dollar amount; after this point, the driver must pursue a claim with the other party’s insurer.
Dealing with insurance companies after an accident can be complicated, but your accident lawyer can be a helpful ally. We will assist with negotiation, settlements, and more.
What is Comparative Fault in a Traffic Accident?
Our personal injury lawyers often receive calls from confused clients who are seeking help to understand how fault is determined in a car accident. In the State of Indiana, there’s a comparative fault system in place to assign a percentage of blame or fault for a collision.
In a comparative fault state like Indiana, the role of each driver is considered and they are assigned a percentage of blame for the collision. This is important when it comes to your lawsuit because the jury award (or even your settlement) is typically adjusted to account for this percentage of blame. So if you were 15% at-fault, then your $100,000 award will typically be reduced by 15% to $85,000.
Furthermore, if you are found to be more than 50% at-fault for a car accident — meaning you hold a majority of the blame — then you are generally unable to get some money from the other side.
As a result, it’s very important that you have a legal advisor by your side, one who deeply knows the laws regarding car accidents. They can work to present evidence of your role in the crash, ensuring that you don’t get assigned more than your fair share of the blame for the car crash.
What Can I Be Compensated for Via a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit?
When filing a lawsuit for a car accident case, the personal injury attorneys of Tuley Law Office will begin by evaluating your case. During this evaluation, you’ll get a more solid idea of what type of compensation you may possibly receive. Some of the most commonly compensated losses include:
compensation for medical bills, hospitalization, and other medical expenses;
compensation for rehabilitation and physical therapy;
money to pay for the event of future loss of wages, and an inability to work in the future;
compensation for your physical pain, suffering or loss of companionship;
compensation to pay for funeral and burial expenses;
and other expenses directly stemming from the accident and your accident-related injuries, such as the need to hire a personal care attendant because you’ve been paralyzed in a crash.
If your personal injury case involves extreme carelessness or negligence (especially if this carelessness or negligence led to serious injuries or a fatality), you may also be awarded punitive damages. These are awarded to penalize another party rather than compensating you for a loss.
Will I Be Able to Afford a Car Accident Lawyer?
Each accident is unique but in most cases, your attorney’s fees will be paid on a contingency basis – this means that you won’t need to pay anything to your lawyer in the beginning.
Instead, your attorney’s fees will usually be deducted from the funds that you receive at the end of the whole process. Often the court orders the opposing side to pay for your legal fees, so you might even recover that money.
Contact The Evansville Car Accident Lawyers of Tuley Law Office to Handle Your Case
Our experienced legal team is here to represent your interests as you seek out the compensation you deserve following an auto accident. You can bet the other side has a qualified team of attorneys working hard on their side; you should as well!
We’ll work hard to recover the compensation you’re rightfully owed. You can focus on recovering from your injuries; our team will tend to the rest. But you must contact our legal team as soon as possible because the law doesn’t allow you much time to present your case.
Here, at Tuley Law Office, we’re ready to discuss your urgent situation during a no-cost case consultation session. Don’t procrastinate on this – call us at (812) 434-1936.
Dan Tuley helped us through a difficult accident that involved multiple family members and friends. There were serious injuries, and sadly, even a fatality. Dan guided us through the legal process with compassion and genuine concern for everyone's well-being. Thankfully, Dan and his office staff handled all the paperwork and communications with all involved parties and agencies. We were able to concentrate on healing and putting our lives back together.