Indianapolis Car Accident Attorneys
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Car Accident in Indiana
Sadly, thousands of people are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents on Indiana roads and highways every year. Many of these accidents occur when a motorist isn’t paying attention, is violating traffic laws, or is otherwise acting negligently.
If you were injured in a car accident and you believe the other driver was at fault, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim. Immediately following the accident, it is important that you seek medical attention, even if you feel that you were not severely injured. You should also try to take down the contact and insurance information of the other involved driver, as well as statements from any witnesses that may have been present. Take pictures of the accident/your injuries and notify your own insurance company. However, you should refrain from speaking to the other party’s insurance adjuster until you have first discussed your case with an experienced Indianapolis car accident attorney.
If you were involved in a car accident, call Garau Germano, P.C. at (317) 854-5877 to begin discussing your case.
Compensation for Car Accident Victims
All too often, car collisions result in serious, long-lasting injuries and death. This is especially true when individuals are involved in accidents with large commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks, or when motorcyclists are hit by other drivers.
While every case is different, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages if you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s carelessness or recklessness:
- All medical expenses related to the accident, including immediate emergency treatment and ongoing care, pain management, and required medical equipment
- Lost income and/or wages from time taken off work to receive medical treatment and/or recover from your injuries
- Lost or reduced earning ability if your injuries prevent you from returning to or obtaining gainful work, either temporarily or permanently
- Pain and suffering, which includes both physical pain and emotional distress related to the accident and/or your injuries
Please note that this list is not exhaustive; the exact type and amount of compensation you may be able to recover will depend on the various factors involved in your case. These factors may include the percentage of fault you are deemed to have for the accident, the extent of your injuries, and more.
Indiana Car Accident Statute of Limitations
If you were not the at-fault party in your car accident, you may need to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party to compensate you for your losses. You will need to act quickly, however, as there is a time limit on your right to sue known as a "statute of limitations." Under Indiana Code 34-11-2-4, you only have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. This time limit applies to any party injured in a car accident, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Property damage lawsuits related to car accidents are also subject to this same time limit. Wrongful death lawsuits related to car accidents are also subject to a two-year statute of limitations starting on the date of death, which may be different from the date of the actual accident. For injury cases involving minors, the two-year statute of limitations will begin on the person's 18th birthday, though parents of minors may file a personal injury lawsuit on their behalf.
Complying with the statute of limitations is crucial to the success of your case. If you attempt to file a claim after the statute of limitations has expired, the court will likely refuse to hear your case and you will be unable to pursue further legal action. For this reason, it is important to contact an attorney early on after a car accident to guard your rights and minimize your chances of encountering costly legal pitfalls.
Contact Garau Germano, P.C. Today to Get Started
Our Indianapolis car accident attorneys have nearly 25 years of experience and can help you understand your legal options for recovery. We offer compassionate, client-focused representation and an uncompromising approach to litigation. We are here to serve as your advocate and guide throughout the legal process.
Call (317) 854-5877 or contact us online to get started on your case today.
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