Rear-End Collision Attorneys
Indiana car accident lawyers leading the way
Many car accidents involve rear-end collisions. While these types of accidents are often considered minor, they can cause very serious injuries and have a significant impact on your life. An experienced car accident attorney at Vaughan & Vaughan can fight for your rights and help you recover financial compensation.
In a rear-end collision, the driver in the rear vehicle is generally considered to be at fault. But it's not always that simple. The driver may deny responsibility and suggest that you were somehow to blame. For example, you may be accused of coming to an abrupt stop or failing to signal before turning.
And the insurance company may take the other driver's side. Insurance companies are only interested in keeping payments as low as possible. They may try to assign most of the blame to you in an attempt to avoid paying you.
A rear-end collision can cause a wide range of injuries - from cuts and bruises or broken bones to brain and spinal cord injuries. Victims can be left with headaches or back and neck pain. They may need surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy and multiple follow-up visits with doctors and specialists.
Depending on how badly you were hurt, recovery can take weeks, months or even longer. Some injuries may cause permanent damage. You may also suffer a loss of income if you are left unable to work.
Rear-end accident lawyers who stand up for clients
Insurance companies have lawyers who look out for their best interests and fight for them. That's why you need an experienced rear-end collision lawyer on your side who will fight for what's best for you. That's why you should contact our firm. We have been helping people who have been hurt in accidents in Greater Lafayette since 1913.
We focus on building the strongest case we can. We start by investigating your rear-end collision, reviewing all documentation and gathering evidence. We also identify and interview witnesses who saw what happened. And if needed, we have access to accident reconstruction experts who can help us build our case.
In addition, we determine the true amount of damages you have suffered. These include all past and future medical expenses related to your injuries. It includes any lost wages while you were left unable to work. It may also include other damages such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
FAQ about rear-end accidents
Some of the questions people ask us include:
What are the causes of rear-end accidents?
A driver may have been speeding or driving recklessly. Another common cause of these crashes is distracted driving – drivers who were texting, adjusting dashboard controls or daydreaming. Some of our clients were hit by a truck or hit by a drunk driver. Our law firm can investigate your crash to get the facts.
Who is at fault in a rear-end accident?
The driver who hit another car from behind is generally considered to be at fault in these cases, but not always. Determining who is at fault is very important. Indiana is an at-fault state that uses a comparative negligence system. In order to be able to recover financial compensation, you must be found to be less than 51% at fault for the accident. If you are found to be 20% at fault, any compensation you are awarded will be reduced by 20%. Even if you were rear-ended, the insurance companies may try to argue that you were mostly at fault. That’s why you need experienced legal representation.
Do I need a lawyer for a rear-end car accident?
Some people think they don’t need a lawyer following a rear-end collision. But the insurance company simply wants you to take what they are offering and go away. You may be eligible for much more financial compensation than they offer. And you very well could need that money to deal with accident-related expenses for the rest of your life. A lawyer can help you get a copy of the accident report, investigate what happened and fight for the compensation you deserve.
How can I file a claim for compensation after a rear-end crash?
You can file a claim with your own insurance company or the insurance company for the other driver. An adjuster will gather and review evidence to determine who was at fault. You will be asked questions about what happened and may be asked to give a statement. But it’s important to remember that the goal of any insurance company is to pay you as little as possible. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side.
How much is a rear-end accident worth?
There is no simple answer to that question, as it depends on many different factors. Some cases involve more serious injuries than others. Some cases involve a rear-end accident while pregnant. There are insurance policy limits to consider. An attorney can give you a better idea of how much your case is worth.
Fighting for your rights
Insurance companies know we are always ready to fight for our clients and often willing to enter settlement negotiations. But any settlement offer has to meet your needs. If a settlement doesn't work for you, we will fight for you in court, where we have won many awards for clients. Our focus is on getting the best resolution possible.
That's why you should contact the Indiana law firm with a long history of helping the injured. Call 765-742-0056 today for a free consultation with a car accident attorney at our office. We'll review your case, answer any questions you have and go over your options. If you can't come to us, we can come to you.