We can handle your claim, demand the money you deserve for your injury
Car accidents can cause very serious injuries. In an instant, you or a loved one can sustain an injury in a bad car accident due to another driver’s reckless or negligent behavior. When this happens, it’s important for injury victims and their families to take legal action right away to protect their rights and their health. Otherwise, you could end up having to pay for your accident expenses on your own.
In Kokomo, people hurt in a car accident caused by another driver routinely rely on the lawyers at Vaughan & Vaughan. We know what to do because we regularly handle complex legal cases in Howard County and throughout Indiana.
Founded in 1913, our law firm has more than a century of experience obtaining large settlements and verdicts for injury victims and their families. As a result, we can demand the money you deserve for medical bills, lost income and other accident expenses.
Why do accidents happen?
Car accidents often occur due to the reckless or negligent actions of drivers. In Kokomo, the common causes can cover a wide range, including:
- Speeding drivers not slowing down in time, especially in the case of rear-end accidents and head-on collisions.
- Distracted driving, particularly when texting while driving is involved.
- Drunk driving, which also often involves speeding and other dangerous behavior.
- Reckless driving, including weaving in and out of traffic, changing lanes without warning, running red lights and more.
Whatever the cause of your accident – whether it’s a left turn accident on South Washington Street, a stop light accident on East Markland Avenue or another type of accident on a busy road in Kokomo – it’s important to take legal action to hold the at-fault driver accountable for their actions. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Your attorney can investigate exactly why your accident happened and gather the details you need to demand the financial compensation you deserve.
What injuries are common in accidents?
Different types of accidents often cause different types of injuries. Some of the most common – and most serious – injuries that often occur due to a bad car accident include:
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These types of injuries are common in high speed accidents, especially head-on collisions.
- Internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen or internal bleeding.
- Neck injuries, including whiplash, which often occur in rear-end accidents.
- Back injuries and spinal cord injuries, which often happen in intersection accidents.
- Arm or hand injuries, including broken bones.
- Leg or foot injuries, including knee injuries and bone fractures.
Take your injury seriously. Go to Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo or another nearby hospital right away if you are in serious pain or discomfort after your accident. You could have a life-threatening internal injury and not even realize it.
Another important reason why you should see a doctor right away after a bad car accident is because insurance companies often want proof of your injury. Without X-rays, CT-scans or other medical records, you might have a hard time convincing insurance companies you were actually hurt in a car accident. Without proof, they might deny your accident claim.
Should I accept a settlement offer?
After your accident, the insurance company for the at-fault driver might offer you a settlement to resolve your accident claim. It may be tempting to accept their offer, but you should carefully consider all your options before doing so.
Once you accept a settlement offer, you often cannot ask for any additional money in the future, even if your future accident expenses add up to thousands of dollars — or even significantly more.
Insurance companies know this. That’s why they often make lowball settlement offers soon after an accident – and before the full financial impact of a crash is fully known. That’s why it’s important talk to a lawyer who can help you review your offer and decide if you should accept it or ask for more money.
How can a lawyer in Kokomo help me?
When you have an attorney representing you after your crash, you can build a strong legal case in support of your accident claim. This often starts with a thorough and independent investigation of your accident.
As your legal team, we can review important documents related to your accident, including your official Indiana Officer’s Standard Crash Report. We can also track down witnesses, if possible, who saw what happened and consult with accident reconstruction experts if necessary.
Once we have thoroughly investigated your crash, we normally present our evidence to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Many negotiate in good faith and make a fair settlement offer. If not, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf in pursuit of the money you rightfully deserve for your accident.
Learn more about how we can help you. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation at our Kokomo office. We’re conveniently located on North Washington Street, a few blocks away from the Howard County Courthouse.