Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Experienced Indiana attorneys who get results
It's well-known that drinking and driving is dangerous. But sadly, drunk driving remains a serious problem, one that often has life-changing consequences. The experienced car accident attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan help people injured in drunk driving accidents in Indiana get the compensation they need to help rebuild their lives.
Alcohol affects a driver's judgment, concentration and reaction time. This greatly increases the risk of getting into a car accident that can leave someone with serious injuries. These injuries can range from cuts, lacerations and broken bones to traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. Medical expenses can very quickly become overwhelming. Your life has suddenly become more complicated. You know you deserve compensation but you aren’t sure what to do next. All you are questions. Our experienced attorneys can help.
Determining fault in a drunk driving accident seems like it would be pretty straightforward, but it's not always so simple. The police are focused on holding drunk drivers responsible for breaking the law. Their job is not to fight to get you financial compensation for your injuries. That's where it can get complicated.
The other driver may fight any criminal charges that were filed and deny any responsibility for what happened. The driver may even blame you for causing the accident. That puts you in a position of having to prove the other driver’s negligence caused the crash that left you injured.
Insurance companies are supposed to help victims injured in drunk driving accidents. But they will likely try to pay you as little as possible. They may even question the extent of your injuries and demand that you be examined by one of their doctors. Or they may pressure you to accept a lowball settlement offer, claiming it's the best they can do.
Our lawyers take your accident seriously
We know the games insurance companies play, and we don't put up with them. Our firm has been fighting for the injured since our founding in 1913. We focus on building strong cases that insurance companies have to take seriously, and on recovering the compensation you deserve.
At Vaughan & Vaughan, it's all about the client. That means that we will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your case. This means holding the drunk driver responsible and demanding that the insurance company provide compensation. We may also pursue other possible sources of compensation, including from the bar or restaurant that served the drunk driver.
Our legal team investigates your crash to get the facts. This involves gathering evidence, including any video from traffic cameras near the accident scene. We carefully review information in accident reports and medical records. We interview witnesses about what they saw and if needed, consult accident reconstruction experts.
We will determine the total amount of the damages you have suffered. This includes all past and future medical expenses for treating your accident-related injuries. It includes lost wages while you were unable to work. And it may also include other damages, such as pain and suffering, disability and emotional distress.
We help clients get justice
Insurance companies know us. They know we have a reputation for getting results. When they see we are determined to fight for our clients, they often agree to settlement discussions. But we are only interested in a settlement that meets your needs. If necessary, we will fight for you in court, where we have won significant awards for clients. Results matter here.
If you are hit by a drunk driver, call the police. Get medical attention, even if you think you aren’t hurt. Then contact a car accident attorney.
You may not be sure if you need a lawyer or even if you have a case. But you can be sure that the insurance companies have lawyers, and they are not thinking about what’s best for you. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and let you know where you stand.
Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible
Don’t wait too long. Indiana law allows two years from the date of your accident to take legal action. That sounds like plenty of time, but that can be misleading. If you've been injured in a drunk driving accident, it's important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Over time, evidence can be lost and the memories of witnesses can fade.
Take steps today to protect your rights. Call us at 765-742-0056 for a free consultation with an Indiana car accident attorney. We can review your case, answer your questions and go over your options.