Lafayette Auto Accident Lawyer
Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury throughout the US, but statistics about crashes in Indiana put the risks in perspective. According to Indiana Traffic Safety Facts, there are around 7,300 motor vehicle collisions in Tippecanoe County every year, 3,600 of which occur in Lafayette alone. These incidents claim lives and cause tremendous losses for injured victims. Unfortunately, even if you are aware that you have legal options under Indiana law, you may not know where to begin with pursuing your remedies.
Our team at Keffer Hirschauer LLPis prepared to tackle the essential legal tasks involved with a traffic collision, enabling you to focus on recovering from your injuries. We have extensive experience representing car crash victims and knowledge of the relevant laws, so we will fight to get the compensation you deserve. Please contact our firm to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Lafayette auto accident lawyer and read on for some basic information.
Liability in Indiana Car Collisions
There are multiple causes and contributing factors involved with auto crashes, but they generally occur because of negligence. In the practice of law, this term has a very specific meaning, so you must prove four elements to recover compensation:
- The responsible motorist had a duty to drive safely;
- That person breached this legal duty;
- The breach was a direct cause of the car accident in which you were injured; and,
- You suffered losses as a result of your injuries.
In most auto crash cases, your first step in the legal process is filing an insurance claim. Our team will strive to resolve your claim through negotiations, but insurers may refuse to pay a fair, reasonable amount to cover your losses. As such, we may need to file a lawsuit in civil court to get the compensation you are entitled to under Indiana law.
Monetary Damages for Injured Victims
Whether we are dealing with the insurance company or fighting for your rights in court, our team at Keffer Hirschauer LLPwill work diligently to recover:
- Costs for medical care;
- Lost wages, if you could not work because of your injuries;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and,
- Other losses depending upon your circumstances.
Note that there may be limitations on your claim, starting with Indiana’s statute of limitations. By law, you have two years from the date of the auto crash to file a lawsuit in court. Plus, your compensation could be affected if you had a hand in causing the accident. The rule of contributory negligence applies to reduce your monetary damages by the amount of fault attributable to you.
Discuss Your Legal Remedies with a Lafayette Auto Accident Attorney
As you can see from this overview, retaining skilled legal counsel is a priority if you were injured or lost a loved one in a car collision. To learn how our lawyers can assist with your claim, please contact the Keffer Hirschauer LLP at 317.455.4043 or via our website. We can set up a free case assessment to review your situation and advise you on the process.