Indianapolis may be the Crossroads of America, but there are other interstates and highways in the Hoosier State that can prove dangerous to navigate. For example, Interstate I-65 is one of the state’s longest north-south highways. The interstate saw over 430 fatalities between 2016 and 2019 alone.
If you come away from an accident on I-65 in Anderson, or you want to represent someone who didn’t, how can you defend your best interests? You can reach out to Vaughan & Vaughan. Our Anderson interstate accident lawyers have the courtroom experience to hold the party liable for your recent accident financially accountable for your roadway losses.
Reacting to a Dangerous Roadway Accident
I-65 takes Indiana residents and national travelers from Lake Michigan down to the south-eastern Kentucky border. Naturally, the interstate passes in close proximity to Indianapolis’s Spaghetti Bowl, meaning that drivers can find themselves interacting with the litany of trucks, private drivers, and commercial motorists trying to navigate busy Indianapolis.
The dangers of I-65 do not, however, inherently relieve drivers of their roadway responsibilities. Drivers must uphold the duty of care that they owe to one another if they want to prevent dangerous collisions. Drivers who don’t take reasonable action to protect one another may later find themselves liable for a collision somewhere along I-65.
You have several steps to take in the minutes, days, and weeks following an accident on I-65. After you’ve contacted first responders and gotten the emergency medical care you need, you have to:
- Contact your insurance provider
- Exchange insurance information with an at-fault driver and injured parties
- Secure statements from bystanders who witnessed your accident
- Communicate the extent of your injuries with your employer to get time off of work
- Work with mechanics to assess the extent of the damage done to your car
Moreover, you have to consider your right to a civil claim. I-65 accidents are expensive and can devastate someone without an emergency fund. Civil claims, however, help you demand the damages you deserve. So long as you can prove that another party engaged in deadly negligence on the road, you can take them to court.
Bringing Your Concerns Forward
If you take action against the party responsible for your I-65 accident, you need to do so within Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations or Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4. This statute of limitations allows you to take up to two years to demand damages from a liable party.
That said, the two-year deadline is a firm one. It is difficult to file a civil claim after your statute of limitations expires, as civil courts can throw your claim out if they deem it outside of the appropriate deadline. That said, staying on top of those relevant deadlines can be a challenge for families still recovering from interstate accident injuries.
That’s where an Anderson I-65 interstate accident lawyer’s experience can come into play. We prioritize your recovery without forgetting your upcoming deadlines. You can count on us to move an investigation into your losses forward even while you focus on doctors’ appointments, work, and your at-home concerns.
Let’s Determine the Value of Your I-65 Accident Claim
Civil complaints specifically give you the right to demand damages for your accident-related losses. If you get into an accident on I-65, you can subsequently demand economic support from the party responsible for your accident. You can combine the total value of your economic and non-economic losses to determine the sum total of the financial support you deserve.
What losses can you include in an I-65 accident claim? Any that you can defend with reasonable evidence. In other words, the sum total of your desired damages can include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage and essential repairs
- Compensation for wages lost throughout your recovery
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death, loss of consortium, and loss of companionship, if applicable
Our attorneys can help you bring forward the evidence you need to integrate the aforementioned damages and others into the sum total of your accident’s value.
Don’t Let Insurance Adjusters or a Liable Party Undervalue Your Losses
Most insurance agencies involved in your I-65 accident recovery will want to send an adjuster to determine the alleged value of your accident’s losses. These parties should correctly value your losses but often find ways to undercut the economic compensation you otherwise deserve. After all, insurance adjusters want to uphold their employers’ bottom lines.
Instead of letting these parties dictate the economic narrative of your accident, take the reins yourself. You can work with our Anderson I-65 interstate accident attorneys to establish an independent estimate of your case’s total value. You can then compare that estimate against an adjuster’s to better account for any losses an adjuster may have overlooked.
That estimate can also aid you in negotiations with a liable party. Liable parties, like insurance adjusters, often prioritize their financial well-being over your right to recover. When you can present the sum total of your losses alongside viable evidence, though, you can more effectively demand the damages you deserve in the wake of the liable party’s negligence.
Vaughan & Vaughan Works for You
You don’t have to let a fear of legal fees prevent you from taking civil action after an interstate accident. Vaughan & Vaughan operates on contingency. This means that you will not receive a bill from our attorneys while your case progresses. Instead, our attorneys only get paid if we win your case.
We can discuss the nature of your contingency fee agreements with you during an initial, free, no-obligation case consultation. You can, in turn, determine whether or not you want to continue working with our attorneys with no pressure from us.
The moment you sign on with our team, you can count on us to put our experience to us fighting for your right to post-accident compensation.
It’s Time to Take Your Losses to Civil Court
Anderson residents who have to contend with Interstate I-65 traffic understand that it doesn’t take winter snow to make the interstate deadly to navigate. The interstate’s popularity makes it a treacherous road for the average driver all throughout the year. Fortunately, accident survivors like you can take advantage of local resources after a dangerous accident. Vaughan & Vaughan’s I-65 interstate accident lawyers in Anderson, IN, are ready to help you. You can learn more about our services during a free consultation with our team. Contact us through our website or by calling our office to schedule your appointment today.