The rear-end car accident remains one of the most common types of collisions on Indiana’s highways. It’s safe to say, even at our most cautious, we risk be struck from behind by a negligent driver.
And because the term “fender bender,” is often used to describe this type of accident, the physical damage they’re capable of causing can be underestimated.
Attorney Matt Boulton has 25+ years of experience investigating and settling rear-end car accidents for Hoosiers throughout the state of Indiana. The injuries in these cases have ranged from soft-tissue damage to traumatic and everything in between.
If you were injured in a rear-end car accident, a question that might come to mind is: “Should I hire an attorney for this?”
Whether or not you need an Indiana personal injury attorney for a rear-end car accident will depend on a number of factors, some of which we examine in this blog.
Do You Need an Attorney for a Rear-End Car Accident?
Matt has put together a few of the top reasons injured Hoosiers hire him to help with their rear-end car accident cases:
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The victim sustains an injury
To be clear, Boulton Law Group is only able to help rear-end car accident victims who sustained an injury as a result of the collision. (If you’re fortunate enough to have only incurred property damage, it’s unlikely you will need an attorney.)
Depending on the severity of a rear-end car accident, victims may sustain one or more injury types, including:
- Shoulder injury
- Hand injury
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
The victim doesn’t want to deal with the insurance company
If you’ve never been involved in a car accident, you might be surprised by the time and effort that can be involved in returning your life to a “pre-collision” status.
Many people wish to avoid dealing with insurance companies for a few reasons:
- They don’t want to be caught up in the paperwork (process) of settling a claim.
- They’re unsure of what to sign, agree to, or ask the adjuster(s).
- They don’t know how much money their case is worth.
Keep in mind, unless you’ve signed the insurance company’s release forms and/or your claim’s statute of limitations hasn’t passed, it’s likely you still have time for an attorney to review your case and offer their opinion.
The victim wants to ensure they receive maximum compensation
Determining the value of a rear-end car accident settlement will always depend on the unique facts of your case, however, don’t be led to believe your injuries or claim isn’t serious simply because you were in a fender-bender.
In fact, there are cases in which rear-end car accidents result in little property damage yet cause injury to the person who was hit from behind. These are sometimes referred to as Minor Impact Soft Tissue (MIST) cases, and they have value.
(This is especially true in trailer hitch accident cases, as a majority of the impact’s force travels through the trailer hitch affecting its occupants while leaving little signs of property damage.
To help ensure you receive maximum compensation for your claim, you may wish to ask a personal injury attorney to review the facts of your case.
Boulton Law Group has settled several high-profile rear-end car accident claims and our experience has helped to ensure our clients receive full value for their injuries, such as in the case below.
Indianapolis Rear-End Car Accident
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) responded to this rear-end car accident that occurred at the intersection of Allisonville Road and Kessler Boulevard:
According to the investigating officer, both vehicles were northbound on Allisonville Road shortly before the collision. Vehicle 2 had been stopped at a red light when they were rear-ended by Vehicle 1.
In this instance, the officer marked “following too closely” as the cause of the car accident.
Additionally, the driver of Vehicle 1 sustained a shoulder injury in the collision, which required them to be transported by ambulance to a local area hospital. As a result, their vehicle was also towed from the scene.
The injured person later contacted Boulton Law Group after the accident and their case was settled without the need for a trial. In addition to the settlement amount, the client was happy with the service they received from our firm.
Questions About Your Rear-End Car Accident?
If you’re unsure of your legal rights concerning a rear-end car accident in the state of Indiana, Boulton Law Group can help.
Attorney Matt Boulton offers car accident victims a Zero Fee Guarantee. This means you will never be charged for a case review, and should you choose to hire us, you owe the firm nothing until a recovery is made on your behalf.
You can send Matt your story by using the firm’s confidential, free contact form.