You may not think about your safety when driving I-65, I-70, and other roadways around Indianapolis, but car accidents are more common than you expect. According to statistics compiled in Indiana Crash Facts, there were almost 786 fatalities on average from 2007-2016. Injury-causing accidents are on the rise, increasing from 47,226 in 2011 to 52,591 in 2016.
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision, your losses can be devastating. Under the circumstances, you need a skilled auto accident lawyer to represent your interests. At Holland & Holland, our auto crash attorneys have extensive experience fighting for the rights of victims in Indianapolis, IN and throughout Marion County. However, some answers to common questions about finding the right lawyer may be helpful as you search for the best fit.
Friends, family, and co-workers can be valuable resources when you are looking for a lawyer to represent you. You may know someone who was the victim of a crash and can offer a reference. If you come up empty, it is important to do your homework to find an attorney to act on your behalf. Use caution when responding to TV or radio ads. The firms who post them pay for the spot, and they often make unsupported claims about their services.
Legal knowledge of Indiana car collision laws is critical, as is an in-depth understanding of the court procedural rules regarding personal injury cases. In addition, make sure your attorney has extensive experience in auto accident cases. The right candidate will be well-versed in negotiating with insurance companies and in court.
Most auto crash lawyers work on a contingency fee arrangement, which means you do not pay for representation unless you recover compensation for your losses. Regardless of whether you receive a settlement check from an insurer or win in court, attorneys’ fees come out of the amount you obtain. Expenses advanced by your lawyer are also deducted from your compensation.
The first step in seeking financial recovery is to file a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company, and an attorney can help with that process. Claims adjusters can be difficult to work with, and they will attempt to low-ball you on an offer for compensation. However, they do not attempt tricks with lawyers who know the law and your rights.
If you can not reach a settlement agreement with an insurance company, the next step is to file a lawsuit in court. Because the laws, hearings, and trial activities can be complex, it is helpful to have an attorney on your side.
If you have additional questions about your rights as the victim of a motor vehicle collision, please call 317.581.4400 to reach the Indianapolis offices of Holland & Holland. You can also visit us online to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers are happy to review your situation and tell you more about your legal remedies after an auto crash.
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