Two crashed carsIndianapolis, IN- Accidents on the road are just one of the consequences of driving and touch the lives of thousands of Indiana residents each year. The latest available data from the Indiana State Police shows in 2012, there 188,841 traffic collisions that resulted in property damage or injury and 779 traffic fatalities. Those numbers represent people whose lives were cut short or people who suffered severe, life-changing injuries. Those numbers also represent people who are entitled to compensation from the party or parties who caused their accident. Here our team of accident lawyers in Indiana will explain the basic of filing a personal injury, so accident victims know what they need to do.
First, USAttorneys encourages you to speak with an attorney before deciding to speak with anyone about your accident other than police or accepting a settlement.
All 50 states, Indiana included put time limits when you are allowed to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit following a car or truck accident, medical malpractice or nursing home neglect. That time limit is referred to as the statute of limitations and in Indiana, it is two years from the date the injury or death occurred. If a claim is not filed before the statute of limitations expires, it can be dismissed.
Accident victims in are eligible for compensation for their medical and rehabilitation expenses, costs associated with property replacement or repair, loss of wages, disability benefit and damages for mental anguish. If an accident was fatal, the deceased’s surviving family members might be eligible for compensation for the deceased’s medical, funeral and burial expenses along with financial damages for their grief and loss of financial support and companionship. Additionally, some accident victims, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident may be entitled to punitive damages.
For many Indiana accidents, more than one party can be blamed for an accident, but that doesn’t mean they are ineligible for compensation. The state uses a comparative fault rule to determine compensation when both parties are to blame. Under that rule, each party is assigned a level of liability, usually a percentage, depending on their actions at the time of the accident. For instance, a motorist is speeding when they rear-end another motorist who is making a right turn they didn’t use a signal for, and it causes a serious collision. The motorist who was speeding and caused the rear-end collision would be largely to blame for a collision, so they’ll be assigned most of the liability, say 80 percent. That means the motorist who failed to use their turn signal would be 20 percent responsible and the injury settlement they receive would be reduced by that amount.
There are no caps on damages awarded in personal injury claims resulting from an accident, but non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases are capped at $500,000.
If you are the victim of an accident and want to recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to, let USAttorneys help you find an accident lawyer in Indiana. You will have a greater chance of recovering the right settlement when you have a skilled litigator and negotiator on your side to deal with insurers and other liable parties.

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