Car Accident Attorneys in Northwest Indiana
Every year, car crashes injure millions of Americans. Tragically, thousands more are involved in fatal car accidents. Unfortunately, one driver’s distraction or lack of attention can have devastating consequences for others on the road and their families.
If you or a loved one are the victim of another driver’s negligence, you may have the right to legal compensation for your injuries and the medical bills you have incurred. An experienced auto accident attorney can help you consider your legal options. At Harper & Harper, our attorneys have more than 80 years of combined legal experience, and we regularly handle cases involving all types of auto accidents. From fender benders to accidents involving serious bodily injury, our attorneys work to make sure that car crash victims get the compensation they deserve.
Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
Even a simple car crash can involve complicated legal claims. An experienced car accident attorney can help you determine whether you have a right to compensation and how to make your strongest claim. If you or a loved one are involved in a car accident, legal counsel can help you determine whether the other driver may be at fault for any number of reasons, including:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
- Following too closely
An experienced attorney can also help you determine the type of damages that you may be able to recoup. Car accident victims can often receive compensation for many types of damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Physical disability
At Harper & Harper, our attorneys have experience helping victims of car accidents in Indiana determine whether they have a legal claim and the damages they may be able to recover.
Contact Harper & Harper for a Free Initial Consultation
Contacting an attorney early can ensure that you have the guidance you need every step of the way. At Harper & Harper, our attorneys look forward to meeting with you during a free initial consultation to discuss your accident and your potential case. Contact our office today at (219) 762-9538 to discuss your case. Our phones are answered around the clock.
10 Things to Never Do If You’re Injured a Automobile Accident
- Never let the other driver convince you to NOT call the police. The other driver may have a suspended license, an outstanding warrant or be under the influence of intoxicants and may ask that you keep the police out of it. Don’t. In other words, always call the police. A police report can be invaluable post-accident.
- Never leave the scene without exchanging your name, your contact information and your vehicle registration number with everyone involved. If the accident results in physical injury, or death, call the police, or 911, immediately. Wait for the police to arrive. Leaving the scene of the accident without taking these steps, even for a minor impact, can be a crime.
- Never assume the police will take pictures of the scene or of the vehicles. In other words, if you’re physically able, take pictures at the scene, or ask a friend or family member to do so.
- Never engage in extensive conversation, other than with the police or medical professionals, at the scene of the accident, especially about the circumstances of the accident. In other words, limit your conversation, except with the police or medical professionals.
- Never assume someone else, whether the police or otherwise, will get the names and contact information for witnesses. Witnesses oftentimes won’t wait around for the police to come. In other words, get the names and contact information of any witnesses as soon as you’re physically able.
- If you’re hurt or in pain, don’t wait to get medical treatment. If you’re not in pain but reasonably believe you might be hurt, seek medical treatment. Symptoms of injury don’t always present themselves the same day, or even the same week. Slight pain can become severe pain in the days following a collision. A delay in treatment can provide an excuse for an insurance company to later deny your claim.
- Don’t wait to talk with an attorney. Insurance companies don’t wait to take statements of witnesses or wait to gather evidence. Memories fade, cars are repaired and people move. Talk with an attorney.
- Never give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company or investigator without first talking with an attorney.
- Never sign any document, unless it’s for the police or your own insurance agent. Most importantly, never sign a release without first consulting with an attorney.
- Never forgot to ask your insurance agent to provide proof of insurance to the State. Indiana law generally requires, if you’re involved in a collision, that you provide proof of insurance to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, generally within 90 days. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of your license.