An auto accident can change your life in an instant. A sudden crash can cause head trauma, broken bones, back injuries and other serious injuries. Recovering from such an incident can take many months or even years. It can also be costly, with medical bills often totaling six figures or more.
If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have legal options. You can file a claim and receive compensation for your injuries and expenses. This money can help you during your recovery, especially if you had to miss work during this time.
Indiana saw 223,734 car crashes in 2016. This was an increase of 7,251 from 2015. More than 21,000 of these accidents were related to speed. Drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 had the highest rate of crashes. Those age 65 and older had the lowest rate of crashes.
Crashes in 2016 involved 346,709 drivers. Of those, 1.4 percent were involved in crashes caused by alcohol impairment (when a driver has a blood alcohol content at or above 0.08).
It’s important to know what to do following a car accident. Any driver can become a victim at any time, so knowledge is key. If you forget an important step, you could get in trouble or lose out on your rights to compensation.
The first thing to remember is to never leave an accident scene. You must remain at the scene until you have checked on the other parties involved and exchanged insurance information. If the other party has called police to the scene, you must wait for the officer to arrive. If you leave without exchanging information or waiting for police, you could face hit and run charges.
Next, stay calm and exit your vehicle if possible. Check on the others involved and call 911 if any are injured.
Get information from the other party. Get his or her name, address, license number, license plate and insurance information. If there were witnesses, gather their information as well, since this will help your case. Take photos of the damage as well.
File a claim with your insurance company. Give them the information and they will advise you of your next steps.
If you suffered significant damages, contact an auto accident lawyer from Holland & Holland. They can review your case and advise you of your legal options.
A car accident can seriously affect your life. You may be facing medical bills and serious injuries after a crash, but the good news is that there is help. You may be able to receive compensation for your damages.
If you have been involved in an auto accident in Indianapolis, Holland & Holland is local to you. Our experienced auto accident lawyers will fight for your rights. We work hard to understand your case and come up with a solid plan of action. Contact us today at (317) 581-4400 and schedule your free consultation.
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