Lafayette Car Accident Lawyers
Fighting for the rights of the injured
A car accident can change your life in an instant. You can be left with serious injuries and unable to work, resulting in lost income. Many people hurt in a car accident aren't sure what to do next. The experienced car accident attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan can help you every step of the way. We can fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Every year, people get hurt in crashes on streets, highways and rural roads in and around Lafayette. Many of these crashes are caused by the negligence of another driver. A driver is speeding or driving recklessly. Some drivers are distracted, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. But it is rare for these drivers to accept responsibility for what happened.
And their insurance companies usually stick by them. Most insurance companies only care about profits. That's why they often try to pay as little as possible - or nothing at all. They may even try to blame you for what happened. And they have attorneys who look out for their best interests.
That's why you need an attorney on your side. One who will fight for your rights and help you get justice. One who has been helping people hurt in car accidents for over a century. Our law firm has been helping the injured in Greater Lafayette since 1913. We are still fighting for clients to help them recover financial compensation. It's what we do.
- Do I need a car accident lawyer?
- Should I see a doctor after a car accident if I feel OK?
- Should I tell my insurance company I've been in a car accident?
- How much is my car accident claim worth?
- What should I do if the insurance company offers me a settlement?
Don't see your question here? Contact us to learn more. Remember, these questions and answers are general information on car accidents, not specific legal advice. That's why we highly recommend that you come in for a free consultation at our law firm. You can come to our office in Lafayette, or we can come to you. Call 765-742-0056.
You may be told that you don't need a lawyer to file a claim for financial compensation after a car accident. Technically, that is true, but by having an experienced car accident attorney on your side, you can be sure your rights are being protected and that you are being treated fairly. In general, statistics show that victims who get the help of a personal injury lawyer, on average, get more in compensation than those who don’t.
Remember, insurance companies will likely try to pay you as little as possible. They may offer you a lowball settlement that does not come close to covering the damages you have suffered. We can determine the amount of compensation you deserve, and we have the resources to investigate your accident to prove that another's negligence led to your injuries.
We encourage you to consult with an attorney before making any decisions about your claim. Our law firm offers a free consultation. We can review the details of your case, answer all your questions and explain your options so you can make an informed decision about what to do.
Yes. Even if the collision was relatively minor, you may feel fine, but you should get a medical exam anyway for two reasons. First, you need to make sure that you really are OK, because some injuries have delayed symptoms. For example, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury or severe spinal cord injury and not even realize it. A doctor can make a diagnosis and begin treatment before your condition gets worse. Second, a doctor can document your injuries. This documentation can help you prove you were injured if you are filing a claim for financial compensation.
Yes. You need to notify your insurance company in a timely manner following your accident. We suggest notifying your insurance company as soon as possible. Failing to do so may result in a denial of benefits. It is important to keep your notification brief and to the point. Stick to the facts about what happened and don't volunteer any additional information. If the insurance company asks you any questions, tell them you will be getting legal advice first. Then contact an experienced car accident attorney.
That depends, because each car accident case is unique. If the negligence of another driver caused the accident that left you injured, you should be eligible for financial compensation. There are different types of compensation. One is economic damages, which represent an actual monetary loss. Examples include medical expenses for treating your injury, both past and in the future. It also includes lost income while you are unable to work, and loss of future earning capacity if you can't work again. Other examples include any needed modification to your home or vehicle, as well as property damage.
There is also compensation for non-economic damages. These are losses that have had an impact on your life but don't represent an actual monetary loss. Examples include pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium.
In some cases, we may also be able to seek punitive damages.
Soon after your car accident, the insurance company may contact you with a settlement offer. They may even tell you that it's the best that they can do. It might seem tempting to accept this offer and get some money sooner rather than later. Insurance companies typically make lowball settlement offers following a car accident. That means their offer falls far short of covering your actual damages. They are hoping you will accept the offer and just go away, saving them money. If you take their offer, often you can't ask for more later.
Car accident cases we handle
We handle all types of car accident cases, including:
- Steps After An Accident
- Dealing With Auto Insurance Companies
- Head-On Collisions
- Rear-End Accidents
- T-Bone/Intersection Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Highway Accidents
- How To Read Your Indiana Accident Report
- Auto Accident FAQ
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
A history of getting results
We know where to look for evidence to build a strong case that proves the negligence of another driver caused your crash. Then we seek compensation for the damages you have suffered - including past and future medical expenses related to your injury, lost wages and other damages such as pain and suffering.
Attorney Charles V. Vaughan is certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. This recognition is given only to experienced attorneys who have demonstrated skill in the courtroom and have undergone rigorous testing. It's a hard certification to earn, but we believe our clients deserve the best representation we can give them.
Many times, when insurance companies see that we are ready to fight for you, they are willing to sit down and negotiate. But we are only interested in a settlement that meets your needs. If they won't agree to a settlement that works for you, we will be ready to fight for you in court. Our case results include many significant settlements and verdicts.
Turn to the law firm that the people of Lafayette have been relying on for generations - Vaughan & Vaughan. People trust us because they know we have the experience that produces results. When you are represented by us, your needs always come first. We focus on getting the best outcome possible in your case.
If you've been hurt in a car accident in Greater Lafayette, call us today for a free consultation. One of our car accident attorneys can review your case and go over all your options to help you decide what to do next. Take steps to protect your rights. Call us at 765-742-0056.