Experienced Fort Wayne Car Accident Lawyer
When you're hurt in a crash, put a fighter on your side
It only takes a moment to change your life forever. And that's especially true when it comes to car accidents. In the wake of a car crash, you may be hurt, distraught, and wondering what you could've done to stop it. Now, you have to deal with medical bills, lost wages and many other losses, all while the insurance company fights to minimize your recovery at every turn.
Don't give up. Don't go it alone. Make sure you have an experienced Indiana car accident attorney on your side. Make sure you have a fighter in your corner. Talk to the lawyers at Boughter Sinak, LLC. We demand justice.
Answers you can trust from a law firm that fights for you
Your car accident may have been over in moments, but the consequences can last a lifetime. It’s normal in the wake of a crash to be confused, overwhelmed and confronted with difficult questions. That’s why we’re here to help. Here are some of the most common questions we’re asked:
- Do I need to see a doctor after my car accident?
- Should I talk to my insurance company after a car accident?
- What types of compensation can I receive after a car accident?
- Should I accept a settlement offer from the insurance company?
- What if the driver who hit me doesn’t have insurance?
- How much will I get paid if I was hit by a car?
Yes. Your first step after an accident should be to seek immediate medical attention. Many car accidents result in injuries with delayed-onset symptoms, such as brain injuries and internal injuries. We strongly recommend that you go to an emergency room or urgent care clinic as soon as possible after an accident and follow up with your primary care doctor in a timely manner as well. Follow your doctor’s instructions and keep a journal to track your recovery.
You do need to contact your insurance company in a timely manner and let them know that you were involved in an accident; otherwise, they may deny your claim. During that initial notification, keep your comments brief and stick to the facts of what happened. Don’t say anything that could be construed as admitting fault for the accident. Refer any further questions to your attorney.
In general, you can seek compensation for any financial loss that results directly from the injuries you sustained in a car accident. These are called economic damages. Some common examples of economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, home or car modifications, and property damage. You can also seek compensation for other losses called non-economic damages. Common examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress. In a few cases, you can also seek punitive damages.
It’s common for insurance companies to offer lowball settlements that do not cover all of your accident-related expenses. They’re hoping that you will take that offer and go away. Remember, once you’ve accepted the insurance company’s money, that’s often it. In most cases, you can’t go back and ask for more money. We recommend hiring a car accident lawyer to better your chances of receiving compensation that will cover all of your accident-related expenses.
If the driver who caused your accident doesn’t have insurance, you can file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company if your policy includes uninsured motorist protection (UM). In Indiana, your insurance company is required to offer you this coverage, although you can opt out in writing. In cases where the driver who hits you has insurance, but not enough insurance to pay the full value of your claim, you are protected by underinsured motorist coverage. Again, your insurance company is required to offer you this coverage.
Pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries, sometimes permanently disabling injuries. When a car or truck hits somebody, even at a low speed, the amount of force results in considerable damage. The circumstances of every case is different, so our attorneys know how to find out exactly what happened and hold the negligent motorist who hurt you accountable. We'll determine the full value of your injuries based on the impact the accident has had on your life, and we're prepared to justify every single dollar before a judge and jury.
Don’t see your question here? Contact us to learn more. Remember, these questions and answers are general information on car accidents, not specific legal advice. That’s why we highly recommend that you come in for a free consultation at our law firm. You can come to our offices in Fort Wayne or South Bend, or we can come to you. Call 1-877-962-4373.
After an accident, we know what to do
With offices in Fort Wayne and South Bend, we serve accident victims throughout Indiana. And we handle all types of car accident cases, including:
- Head-On Collisions
- Rear-End Accidents
- T-Bone/Intersection Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Highway Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
We won't let the insurance company push you around. From the moment you call us until the day your case resolves, we'll stand up for your legal rights and fight hard for your interests. Our attorneys will protect you while you focus on getting better.
We know how to build winning cases after Indiana car accidents
Insurance companies know that people injured in car accidents face an uphill battle, and they take full advantage. You may get a "lowball" settlement offer that doesn't come close to paying for the full cost of your injuries, or your claim may be denied altogether. That's not acceptable, and we know how to fight back. Visit our car accident FAQ page to learn more about how we handle these cases.