The dangers of working as a member of Indiana’s safety forces are well known. Every day, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, security guards, and more head to work facing a shift that is uncertain and often risky.
Our first responders accept these challenges and protect our communities with respect and professionalism. Unfortunately, they are not always offered the same courtesy by others. There have been many cases where a driver’s carelessness has caused a serious accident, leaving first responders with injuries unrelated to their initial duty.
In these cases, your personal rights can be protected, and the experienced Indianapolis first responder injury attorneys at Sevenish Law may be able to help. Attorney Randy Sevenish is a former member of the safety forces himself, and he understands the unique challenges that you may be facing. He and his dedicated legal team work hard to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve after an accident. If you or someone you love has suffered this type of injury, call our Indianapolis office today to learn more about what you can do to ease the physical, emotional, and financial burden of your injuries.
Car Accident Risks for Indiana First Responders
The risk of being involved in a car accident while responding to a work call is varied. These accidents can occur at any time of day in a variety of situations. While first responders are typically highly visible, some careless individuals choose to disregard the warnings of sirens and flashing lights. In fact, auto accidents are the leading cause of injuries and deaths for officers. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, roughly 39 percent of police officer deaths that occur each year involve a car crash. Most commonly, these types of crashes occur when:
- Roadside traffic stops
- Conducting a routine patrol
- Attending to a fire or crash near a roadway
- Driving to work in a personal vehicle in response to a work call
- Traveling to the scene of a crime, accident, or fire in a work vehicle
- Defective vehicle parts cause a crash while conducting work business
These and many other situations can lead to a situation where a first responder is struck by another vehicle. In some cases, it is even possible to pursue a case due to injuries suffered when you are off duty. Even if you aren’t sure if your situation makes you eligible to file a claim, don’t’ hesitate to reach out to the experienced Indianapolis first responder injury attorneys with our firm today.
Types of Compensation Available
In Indiana, the “Move Over, Slow Down” law requires drivers to move to a farther lane or slow their vehicle to at least 10 mph under the posted speed limit when approaching emergency vehicles. Unfortunately, not every motorist obeys this rule, and serious—even deadly—accidents can result. In some cases, these drivers can be considered negligent and held accountable for their actions. First responders, and in some cases their family members, can pursue both justice and compensation for their injuries. In Indiana, accident victims can obtain compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
It is also possible that workers’ compensation could be available to you. In some cases, it is possible to pursue both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury claim at the same time.
Every situation is unique and a skilled Indianapolis first responder injury attorney can help you examine your situation to determine what is appropriate. At Sevenish Law, we want every client to obtain all they are due and for those injured to be able to move forward. While we may not be able to undo the physical and emotional pain of the injury, we can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation to ensure your continued medical care and successful, secure future.
Call Our Indianapolis First Responder Injury Lawyers Today
As a former police officer and SWAT team commander, Randy Sevenish understands the life of a first responder, and he is passionate about protecting your rights. While Indiana’s safety forces bravely accept the challenge to safeguard our citizens, the team at Sevenish Law is here to ensure that your sacrifices are appreciated and your interests are represented fully under the law. Getting hurt on the job is not part of the job. If you have suffered injuries or your loved was killed in a car accident, you do have legal options and our team can help you pursue them. Call our Indianapolis first responder injury lawyers today or take a moment to fill out our online contact form to learn more about what we do and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.