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What to do if you're injured by someone else in an auto accident

Driving is a risky behavior. While the vast majority of people arrive at their destination safely, every time you drive you incur substantial risk. With good driving practices, you can reduce the chance of an accident. However, no matter how safely you drive, you can still get into an accident with another driver who is negligent. Sometimes, bad weather can result in a collision. Sometimes, the other driver's negligence results from distraction, either from a cellphone, passengers or perhaps a snack. In some cases, the other driver was driving erratically due to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Whatever the reason, when you're hurt in an automobile accident caused by someone else, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you determine the best way to move forward after a serious car accident. Car accidents with fatalities or serious injuries are unfortunately common in Indiana. In 2015, the most recent year for which the data has been released, the information is grim. There were 829 deaths and 18,647 incapacitating injuries due to motor vehicle accidents in Indiana.

Car accidents can drastically impact your life

Even if you aren't personally hurt, a car accident can alter the course of your life. If a child or another passenger was hurt, you may require therapy to handle the trauma and guilt. If you sustained physical injuries, you will need emergency medical care. You may even need ongoing care, such as surgery or physical therapy. Insurance may delay payment while they negotiate with the other driver's insurer. Combine that with the loss of income while you recover and a car accident can ruin your finances.

From the expense of replacing your vehicle to lost wages and medical expenses, an accident caused by someone else can be devastating. You shouldn't have to worry about how you're going to pay for your medical care, particularly if your injuries are severe. That's why it makes a lot of sense to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a serious accident.

An attorney can help you recover after an accident

If the other driver was at fault, his or her insurance company may offer a settlement. You should never accept a first settlement offer without first speaking with an attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you decide how to move forward and can negotiate with insurers on your behalf, possibly obtaining a better settlement offer. You can focus on your health and recovery after an accident, not your finances.

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