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Help! I've been hurt in a car crash.

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the biggest causes of personal injuries in the United States, including in Indiana. Whether seemingly minor or severe, these injuries can unfortunately disrupt your life by preventing you from being able to return to work for a period of time or by requiring you to undergo ongoing medical treatment, for example. Sometimes a car crash is the result of the negligence of another driver, whereas others are caused by another motorist's reckless behavior behind the wheel.

Negligence

If you choose to file a personal injury claim against another driver following an injury-causing crash, the court will examine several factors to determine whether the other driver was indeed negligent. These factors include whether the driver disregarded traffic or weather conditions as well as whether he or she drove below or above the speed limit posted in the area. Other negligent acts on the road include failing to obey traffic signals or signs, not signaling while turning, and driving while alcohol or drug impaired.

Reckless behavior

A driver might also be liable for a car crash as a result of his or her reckless or intentional conduct. Reckless driving essentially is driving unsafely with a blatant disregard for the likelihood that such behavior might cause a wreck. Examples of reckless behavior include driving too quickly for current conditions or speeding, as well as changing lanes excessively or improperly. Improper passing, which includes using an emergency lane, shoulder or median to pass, is also considered reckless driver conduct.

How can an attorney help?

If you have been hurt in a car accident, an attorney in the state of Indiana can rely on several sources to help you to figure out who caused the accident, such as witnesses, police reports and state traffic laws. The attorney can then give you an estimation of the outcome of your specific case based on the circumstances surrounding it. In civil court, liability has to be established to the satisfaction of the court before claims for damages will be determined.

A successfully fought claim may lead to a monetary damage award, which may help with covering medical costs as well as the loss of wages due to being unable to work. Monetary compensation may also help to address pain and suffering as well as the emotional distress caused by your car crash.

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