If you were the victim of an Indianapolis, Indiana reckless driving car accident, you may be able to hold the at-fault driver liable and recover compensation for your injuries and losses. You may also be able to hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions in a civil case regardless of a criminal case being held against them.
Indianapolis personal injury attorney Randall Sevenish and the team from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., fight to protect the rights of accident victims and may be able to help pursue a settlement or court award.
Call 317-720-3229 for a free case review with an Indianapolis reckless driving lawyer from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. We handle cases on a contingency-fee basis and may be able to go to work for you today.
Understanding Indiana’s Reckless Driving Laws and Your Case
Under Indiana law, reckless driving includes a handful of very dangerous behaviors that put others on the road at risk for injury. Indiana Code 9-21-8-52 defines the following actions as reckless:
- Driving at an unreasonable speed (either fast or slow) that endangers others or blocks the flow of traffic
- Passing another vehicle without having at least 500 feet of clear vision, such as when a curve or hill blocks the line of sight
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Refusing to allow others to pass when it is safe and legal to do so
- Passing a school bus with the stop sign and arm signal extended
If your car accident occurred because of any of these behaviors, an Indianapolis reckless driving lawyer may be able to help build a case based on the driver’s careless and reckless behavior. We may be able to hold the driver liable no matter the outcome of their criminal citation or case.
Let a Member of the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. Team Evaluate Your Options
You can file your accident-related insurance claim on your own, but having an Indianapolis reckless driving lawyer in your corner can help. Attorney Randall Sevenish has handled cases for injured parties since 1985 and believes those who opt for pro se representation are putting their rights at risk, and they may settle for far less than their case is worth.
Call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. at 317-720-3229. We offer free consultations and case reviews for Indianapolis car accident victims and can talk to you about the merits of your case, your legal options, and how we may be able to help.
Some discount firms are jacks of all trades but masters of none, so they may not be able to stack up to the familiarity with personal injury law that Randall Sevenish and his team of Indianapolis reckless driving lawyers can provide. Since we handle only personal injury cases, we may know how to build a compelling case and navigate the process to secure the financial recovery you may be entitled to.
Results for Our Past Car Accident Clients in Indiana
At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., we have a history of results for past victims of roadway negligence, including:
- High six-figure settlement for a car accident: When another driver tried to pass our client’s car, they lost control and hit our client’s vehicle. She suffered a wrist injury that left her unable to work her former job. After her own insurance company disputed her injury’s severity, we negotiated a high six-figure settlement.
- High six-figure settlement for a car accident: Our client was struck in a head-on collision when a driver traveling in the opposite direction lost control and swerved into oncoming traffic. We secured a high six-figure settlement for his spinal cord injuries and other damages.
Understanding the Importance of Documenting and Calculating Your Indianapolis Reckless Driving Accident Damages
One reason why it is not a good idea to try to handle your own claim following an Indianapolis reckless driving car accident is that you may need to have a good understanding of how much your case is worth.
Because every accident is different, we may not be able to give you even a ballpark figure until we:
- Collect the evidence needed to document your related expenses and losses
- Put a price on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering
- Calculate an overall range for your damages
This is almost impossible to do accurately if you choose to go pro se—unless you are very familiar with Indiana personal injury cases and the types of damages that may occur.
In addition, there are other factors that may play a role. For example, under Indiana Code 34-51-2-5, if your actions contributed to causing your injuries, it may impact the value of your case. Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. may be able to help fight this type of allegation or calculate the potential losses related to your actions.
Recoverable Damages in a Reckless Driving Accident in Indiana
Recoverable damages in an Indianapolis reckless driving car accident case may include:
- Current and future pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
- Current and future medical care and related expenses
- Lost wages from your time away from work and diminished earning capacity if you cannot return to work
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Other property damages
- Any related out-of-pocket expenses
- Other documented expenses and losses
- Wrongful death damages if you lost a loved one in an Indianapolis reckless driving accident
Our team will evaluate all the ways the crash affected your health and your life, then seek fair compensation.
Additionally, we want to ensure that you get all your medical care costs covered. If you require surgeries, physical therapy, or other medical expenses in the future, we will work to get these costs included in your settlement or award.
Statute of Limitations on Filing a Lawsuit in Your Indianapolis Reckless Driving Injury Case
The Indiana law that sets the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in the state is IC § 34-11-2-4. In general, this law allows accident victims to wait for up to two years from the date of the accident to take legal action and file a personal injury suit against the liable party or parties.
However, you may need to go to work on your case much sooner. Let the team at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. look into your accident case, support your claim with evidence, and possibly negotiate a fair settlement agreement with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier when possible.
Frequently Asked Questions in Indiana Car Accident Cases
We are committed to supporting you throughout your entire case for compensation. If you have questions, we will have the answers you need.
Consider these common questions we receive from car accident clients:
How do I Prove That I Wasn’t at Fault for the Accident?
Our team will gather strong evidence to show that the other party was primarily responsible for the crash and that you were not at fault. We can gather evidence to make your case through many possible sources, such as:
- The police report
- Witness statements
- Photos of the accident scene
- Accident reconstruction data
The liable party’s representatives may push back, claiming that you were more responsible for the crash than you were.
Our team has experience handling such claims. We know how to demonstrate how your accident happened and protect your right to seek damages.
Can I Get Compensation for More Moderate Injuries?
Your injuries do not need to be catastrophic to get a financial recovery. If you were injured as a result of the accident and you needed medical care, you could seek compensation to cover these costs.
In other words, if you had to go to the doctor, go to the emergency room, get medications, or get any other medical care because of your injuries, you could seek compensation.
Should I Hire a Lawyer?
It’s up to you to determine if you want a lawyer’s help. However, we believe that an injury lawyer’s help can be invaluable after a car accident.
Our attorneys can support you through the unexpected challenges of an injury case. We can also help you ensure that you don’t simply settle for the first offer you receive. We will negotiate the best possible settlement for you.
Especially in cases where you have serious injuries, having help with settlement negotiation can help you cover the true costs of your medical care, your career challenges, and much more.
Speak to a Member of Our Indianapolis Reckless Driving Car Accident Team
Your initial consultation with one of the Indianapolis reckless driving car accident lawyers from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. is free. Even if you believe you want to handle your claim on your own or you already have spoken to a discount firm, meet with us before you make up your mind. Call 317-720-3229 to get started.