Living in a bustling, busy city like Indianapolis with its colleges, museums, restaurants and the world-famous Indianapolis 500, can be lots of fun. Indianapolis is also known as the “Crossroads of America,” with six interstate highways crossing the town. And with highways comes traffic. And with traffic comes accidents. Auto crashes can be scary, confusing and overwhelming. What should you do after an accident? Things can get complicated, and you might even need an attorney. What can you expect after an accident? The Baker Law team has developed a list of the four things you can certainly expect after an accident.
First, Some Car Accident Statistics
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute’s County Profile Book states there were 36,963 collisions in Marion County in 2017.
- The majority of those crashes, 31,251, happened in Indianapolis
- Among those crashes were 102 fatalities
And while you think it won’t happen to you, the average driver will be involved in three-to-four accidents during their lifetime.
What Can You Expect After a Car Accident?
#1 – Turmoil
After an accident, you’re at minimum dazed, and if you’re injured, in pain or worse. You’ll be dealing with the other driver or drivers, witnesses, police, paramedics, doctors, hospitals and insurance adjusters. What should you say and not say? And what should you put on official forms? What if the insurance company wants to record a phone call with you?
It’s enough to make your head spin, and how do you deal with all of this? How do you know what to do and not to do? You certainly don’t want to risk any compensation you might receive. An experienced car accident attorney not only files documents and talks to the insurance company. They work hard to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.
#2 – Recovery Time
Not all injuries suffered in a car accident are apparent at the time. Things like soft tissue injuries can show up later and cause nagging pain for years or even a lifetime. You might need multiple doctor visits, various tests and physical therapy. This means time off from work and lost wages.
There’s also the anxiety you suffer after a car accident. You might need ongoing therapy to feel safe and confident driving again.
Who pays for all of this? Rightly, it’s the insurance company. But you’re probably not an expert negotiator. And do you really need that stress? Hiring an experienced injury attorney can remove the stress and get you the money you need to fund your full recovery.
#3 – Calls from the Insurance Companies
Whether it’s your insurance company or that of the other person involved, you can expect call after call from adjusters. They might want you to make a recorded statement or attempt to pressure you into signing a release form or a settlement for less than you deserve.
Your insurance premiums may pay their salaries, but adjusters work for the insurance company, not you. Their job is to pay out as little as possible while closing the case as quickly as possible.
Don’t sign or say anything without speaking to an attorney. It might be tempting to just get things over with, but an attorney can ease your stress by taking the details off of your plate, and work to get you the money you deserve, all while you recover.
#4 – The Legal Fight
Unless you’re extremely lucky, it’s likely you’re not going to receive much satisfaction in regard to monetary compensation from insurance companies. The insurance companies are out for themselves and will pay out as little as possible. To get what you rightfully deserve, it’s likely you’ll end up in court.
They’re big and you’re just one person. They have a team of expensive lawyers. Unless you hire an experienced lawyer, they have all the cards. They’ve done this thousands of times. They’re probably yawning right now. About your claim, expecting to take advantage of your inexperience in the legal arena.
The joke’s on them when you hire an experienced auto accident attorney. Your legal team will not only guide you through the confusing court system every step of the way, they’ll fight to get you every penny you deserve.
Baker Law Team – Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys
At Baker Law Team, we are a family run personal injury law practice. We treat every individual’s case like family. We put you at the forefront, keeping you informed so you can focus on getting yourself back together. Regardless of the reason for your injury, if someone else caused it, the only way you can recover from your medical bills and other losses is through a personal injury claim. Baker Law Team handles many areas of personal injury law including auto accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.
We will fight to win your case or you pay no attorney fees at all. Contact the experienced attorneys at Baker Law Team to assist you right away. Call 317-868-2500 for a FREE CASE REVIEW.