After being in a car accident in a construction zone, liability could rest on the following:
- Another motorist’s insurance company
- A construction company
- A government department
If you were involved in such a crash, liability will ultimately depend on your situation. You could even hold multiple parties accountable for your losses. An Indianapolis car accident lawyer from our firm can evaluate your situation and determine who may be held financially responsible for your damages.
A Lawyer from Our Team Can Determine Liability for Your Accident
First of all, fault and liability are two separate things. Fault refers to the party that caused the crash. Liability refers to the entity that pays for your losses.
For example, while in a construction zone, you could have been hit by an industrial vehicle. In this case, fault could rest on the construction worker who was operating the equipment. However, liability could also rest on their employer.
When you partner with an Indianapolis car accident lawyer from our firm, we may be able to hold the following parties liable for your damages:
Another Motorist’s Insurer
Indiana is a fault state, meaning that in the event of a crash, you would file your claim with the at-fault party’s insurer. You may be able to seek compensation up to the policy’s limits, depending on the driver’s coverage and your accident-related expenses.
If they were operating a vehicle without insurance, you could sue them personally in civil court to recover damages. You would have two years from the date of the collision to start this process, per IC § 34-11-2-4.
A Construction Company
If you were hurt by a construction worker who was on the job at the time of the accident, you may be able to hold their employer liable for your damages. You could argue that because the construction company hired a negligent employee, they should pay for your losses.
The construction company, however, may think otherwise. They may employ their own team of lawyers to contest certain aspects of your case. A lawyer from our firm can gather evidence to show why the construction company should compensate you.
A Government Department
The government is responsible for ensuring the safety of its roadways. You may be able to hold a government entity accountable for your losses if any one of the following factors contributed to your collision:
- The road where you were injured was marked with potholes, uneven pavement, or a lack of adequate lighting.
- Dangerous parts of the roadway were not sealed off to road users.
- The government employed a construction company that did not keep an area safe for road users or employed negligent workers.
Your time to file a lawsuit against the government may be shorter than the standard two-year timeframe. In this instance, prompt legal action is of the essence.
For a free legal consultation, call 317-636-7777
You Could Hold Multiple Parties Responsible for Your Damages
Some car accidents are fairly straightforward. Others are not. Your case could get complicated if multiple parties contributed to your accident.
For instance, if you were struck by a motorist who did not realize there was construction going on because of a lack of signage, you may be able to hold both the driver and the construction company accountable for your losses.
Cases that involve more than one liable party can get confusing because:
- There are multiple insurance providers involved, each of which may want to pay as little money as possible.
- It can be difficult to determine who or what caused the collision.
- Each insurer may try to prolong your claim or deflect liability onto another.
- It can be difficult to keep track of important communication, insurance details, and other information.
We are not strangers to the financial recovery process. We have handled cases that have involved more than one party before. You do not need to worry about the different parties involved in your case because that’s our job. Let us handle it.
Call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. to Exercise Your Legal Rights
Our founder, Randy Sevenish, has been helping people secure compensation since 1985. Before then, he was a SWAT team commander and served in law enforcement. At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., we understand the many factors that can complicate a personal injury case. We also know what measures can promote a smooth recovery process.
Our firm can evaluate the facts of your situation and identify the at-fault and liable parties. With this information, we can file your claim and seek compensation for your injury-related losses.
To learn more about who is liable for an accident in a construction zone, call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. at (317) 636-7777.