Northwest Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers
Protecting Your Rights After A Car Accident
Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents all fall under the general category of motor vehicle accidents. These occur on highways, city streets, and even in driveways or parking lots. Approximately 2.5 million people are injured in traffic accidents across the U.S. each year. These collisions can cause catastrophic injuries, from whiplash to severe head trauma, and everything in between. When you need experienced guidance after a serious motor vehicle accident, you can turn to the Northwest Indiana auto accident lawyers at Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. We are here to help you with your claim so you can get the medical care you need, fix your vehicle, cover living expenses and start moving on with your life. With over 110 years of collective experience, our lawyers have the know-how to truly represent your interests.
Call 219-733-8633 for a free auto accident consultation.
Don’t Wait To File Your Car Accident Claim
In the state of Indiana, you have two years to file a claim after a car accident before the statute of limitations runs out. The statute of limitations is a law that determines how long an injured person has to file a claim before they lose their legal right to recover compensation. The statute of limitations can differ depending on the circumstances of your case. If you have any questions about your car accident claim, talk to an attorney at our firm today!
Fault And Motor Vehicle Accidents In Indiana
Indiana uses a fault-based system for car accident claims. A person who holds the majority of the blame for causing an accident can be held liable for the other party’s medical bills and other losses. This may be reduced if the other party was also partially responsible. For example:
- Sam rear-ends Jill’s car on the freeway. Sam is mostly at fault for the collision because he failed to brake in time, but in investigating the accident, it is discovered that Jill only had one working brake light. It is determined that she is 30% responsible, and Sam is 70% responsible for the accident. If Jill’s claim is worth $10,000, Sam would be responsible for paying $7,000 and Jill would be responsible for the other $3,000.
Car accident claims are most often paid by at-fault parties’ auto insurance providers, though additional coverage may be sought from a victim’s own policy or other sources, in some cases. A Northwest Indiana auto accident attorney at Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., can make sure your interests are protected through the claims process so you do not fall prey to an undervalued, delayed or denied claim. We know how to research traffic accidents, gather evidence of fault and present our cases to insurance providers to pursue fair compensation.
What Compensation Can I Recover After A Car Accident?
There are two main types of compensation you will be able to pursue following a car accident, economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages, also called special damages, compensate for financial losses an injury victim suffers such as current and future medical expenses, and the inability to work. These types of damages are usually easy to quantify since they are compensating for specific numbers.
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, compensate for more abstract losses, including pain and suffering and emotional distress. Unlike economic damages, quantifying noneconomic damages can be challenging and usually takes an experienced attorney to determine. Given the abstract nature of these damages, noneconomic damages are also called general damages.
There is a third type of compensation called punitive damages; however, they are not often awarded. Punitive damages differ from general and special damages in that their main purpose is to punish a negligent party rather than compensate the injured party. As such, they are often reserved for cases where the defendant knew their actions would cause harm but did so anyway.
Start Seeking Your Compensation Today
The sooner you reach out to our committed and skilled team, the sooner you can secure the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Let us fight for you while you focus on your health after the accident.