Car accidents claim the lives of many victims every year. Those who survive often deal with long-term injuries. There are many ways in which car crashes happen, but almost all are caused by some form of negligence.
Many car accidents are caused by distracted driving. Not paying attention to the road, by reading, eating, texting or some other activity, causes drivers to lose focus and lose control.
Speeding is the second most common cause of car crashes. We may feel the need to go faster when we’re running late, but it’s more difficult to stop and avoid crashes when you’re going above the speed limit. Instead, leave earlier and take it slow.
Drunk driving is also common, and it’s also very dangerous. Alcohol affects one’s judgment and reaction times, making accidents more likely to occur. Many drunk drivers have killed innocent victims. If you have been drinking, think about others and find alternate transportation.
Weather conditions can also play a role in accidents. In the winter, rain, ice and snow can make it difficult to navigate the roadways. If possible, avoid driving in these conditions. If you must drive, take it slow.
No matter the cause, if you were involved in a car accident caused by a third party, contact the experienced auto accident lawyers at Holland & Holland right away.
Before you can receive compensation for your car accident injuries, liability must be determined. It is possible that you could be partially at fault for your injuries. The good news is that if you are, you can receive some compensation—as long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault. If you are 51 percent or more at fault, you are barred from receiving any amount of compensation.
Indiana uses a fault system called modified comparative negligence. This means that your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are assigned. For example, if your award amount is $100,000, but you are considered 20 percent at fault for the crash, that amount will be reduced by 20 percent, so you will receive $80,000.
Many accident cases are settled through a civil lawsuit. However, there are situations in which the liable party could face criminal penalties as well. An example would be if the person who caused the crash was driving while under the influence. Drunk driving is against the law and comes with strict penalties, especially if it causes an accident.
Another instance would be if a person’s negligence causes death. Reckless behavior that leads to someone’s death can cause a person to be charged with manslaughter or vehicular homicide.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Marion County, make sure to get medical help. Your next step is to seek legal help.
The experienced auto accident lawyers at Holland & Holland have decades of experience handling car accident cases. We will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (317) 581-4400 and schedule your free consultation.
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