While the aftermath of getting hurt in a rear-end car wreck can be overwhelming, know that you do not have to face it alone. If you want to seek compensation for your related losses, an Indianapolis rear-end collision lawyer with Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. could assist you. They can name the liable party and ultimately hold them accountable for their negligent actions. There are no upfront fees involved.
The Role of an Indianapolis Rear-End Collision Attorney on Our Team
Since there are many nuances that go into these cases, you may want to consider retaining the help of our Indianapolis rear-end collision lawyer. While you focus on your health and recovery, they can work to get you the compensation you deserve. Some of their duties include:
- Building an evidence file that consists of the crash report, traffic video footage, photos of the scene and your injuries, medical records, and statements from eyewitnesses
- Identifying the negligent party in your rear-end collision
- Pricing your physical, emotional, and financial losses
- Handling all communications with the other party and their representation
- Negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance company
If your lawyer can’t reach a settlement with the insurer, we will continue fighting for your right to damages in a trial.
Different Losses You Can Seek After a Rear-End Collision in Indianapolis
After getting hurt in a rear-end collision, you could be entitled to collect various damages, including:
Past and Expected Medical Expenses
After a rear-end collision, you may require emergency medical attention. The ambulance ride, hospitalization, and lab test costs add up quickly.
Also, depending on the severity of your condition, the physician might instruct you to have follow-up care. Whiplash, for example, is a common injury in rear-end collisions and could call for a long-term recovery, according to Mayo Clinic. This treatment might entail pain medications, physical therapy, and foam collars.
You can request a financial recovery for these expenses and others when you file your claim or lawsuit.
Lost Wages and Lost Earning Potential
Your injuries may be preventing you from working. To make up for the time you lost at work, you can claim compensation for:
- Tips and commission
- Hourly pay
- Vacation time
- Business opportunities
If your doctor instructs you not to return to your previous work and take a less intensive, lower-paying job, you can pursue lost earning potential for the difference in pay.
Your car could be seriously damaged after the rear-end collision, so you may have grounds to recover the costs for its repair or replacement.
Pain and Suffering
In addition to whiplash, rear-end collisions can lead to other debilitating injuries, such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Muscle sprains, strains, and spasms
The pain, discomfort, and stress from these injuries can take a toll on your overall wellbeing. Just because pain and suffering is intangible doesn’t mean that you cannot have it accounted for in your case. Our attorney can look at your medical bills and see how your injuries are affecting your life to valuate this damage accordingly.
Wrongful Death Damages
Tragically, some people have lost their lives to a rear-end collision in Indianapolis. For example, in April 2020, Indy Star reported a deadly rear-end crash at the intersection of West Street and McCarty Street.
If your loved one passed away from their rear-end collision injuries, you could pursue awards for final medical costs, funeral arrangement bills, and loss of service, financial support, or consortium.
Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. Offers Our Services on a Contingency-Fee Basis
Because we work on a contingency-fee basis, we will finance your case from start to finish. This payment structure also entails:
- A free, no-risk, no-obligation case review when you reach us.
- No retainers or upfront or hourly fees
Your attorney will take a portion of your settlement or court award as their payment. If they don’t secure a successful outcome, you owe us nothing. There is nothing for you to lose with Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. as your legal advocate.
Our Founder, Randall Sevenish, has Served Injury Victims Since 1985
Our team is dedicated to helping injured victims in Indianapolis recover the compensation they need to move on after a tragic accident. Let us provide the client care you deserve along the way. Look at what some of our former clients have said about their experience with us:
“When I got to speak with Randy, I knew then I wanted to hire him. He was kind, he was passionate, he validated my concerns. Had I not found Sevenish Law Firm, I would not have gotten the settlement that Randy got for me” – Terry B.
“We were referred to Sevenish Law after an automobile accident that left us with a lot of uncertainties… They fight for what is right, and make you feel heard and important. Mr. Sevenish is exactly the kind of lawyer you would want to help you get the justice you deserve!” – Taylor and Draake C.
Our team is standing by to speak with you so that we can hear your story and begin to explore your options for compensation.
Determining Liability in an Indianapolis Rear-End Collision
Rear-end collisions are usually caused by a motorist crashing into the back of another vehicle. When determining liability in these cases, the general rule is that if someone strikes another car from the rear, they are at fault. Occasionally, however, these wrecks can also occur because the car in front slammed on their brakes to avoid a danger in the roadway, causing the rear driver to crash.
Still, even when the vehicle in front slams on their brakes, the rear driver is supposed to be far enough away from the car to anticipate a sudden stop. Therefore, the rear driver may either have the entire amount of fault or a large percentage of fault assigned to them.
Common causes of rear-end collisions include:
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Distracted driving
- Drinking and driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield and obey other traffic signs and signals
The Driver Isn’t Always at Fault for the Rear-End Collision
The front or rear driver may not be at fault for the accident. Other possible liable parties could be:
- A mechanic: If the rear driver took their car to a mechanic for service and they failed to detect faulty brakes
- A municipality: If debris or a roadway defect triggered the rear driver to crash
- A parts manufacturer: If it produced faulty parts that led to the rear-end collision
How Long You Have to Sue the Liable Party for Your Damages
To recover damages from the at-fault party, you must abide by the timeline Indiana enforces, per IC § 34-11-2-4. In most cases, you are given two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The same amount of time typically applies to wrongful death suits, as well, according to IC § 34-23-1-1.
Complying with the deadline is crucial for securing damages. You may not be allowed to collect any if you run out of time.
Turn to Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. for Help After a Rear-end Collision in Indianapolis
If you need help navigating the legal process following a rear-end collision, a lawyer with Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. is ready to get to work. We are strictly a personal injury firm, so we know the Indianapolis legal system inside and out.