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Indiana Car Accident Lawyers
For more than 25 years, attorney Matt Boulton has helped seriously injured car accident victims across the state of Indiana recover the compensation they deserve.
If you are researching Indianapolis personal injury lawyers to help you with your car accident case, we hope your search stops here.
Attorney Boulton is highly sought after by car accident clients largely for his record of success and the firm’s reputation for delivering every client exceptional customer service.
Of the firms many awards, Boulton Law Group is especially honored to have earned the gold standard in attorney ratings by achieving an AV-rating from Martindale Hubbell. This award was bestowed upon attorney Boulton by his legal peers and it recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated strong legal acumen as well as high ethical standards.
When you call attorney Boulton for free advice about your Indiana car accident claim, you can be sure that you will be treated like family.
Why file an Indiana car accident claim?
Behind every car accident is a human being with a personal story, and we recognize that your injuries, medical treatment, recovery, and pain and suffering will be unlike any other accident victim’s experience .
With this in mind, the purpose of filing an Indiana car accident claim is to ensure that your story is presented in the most convincing and professional manner possible so that the insurance company pays you the money you deserve for their insured’s negligence.
Filing a car accident claim also preserves your case’s statute of limitations so that it does not expire. (We discuss Indiana’s deadlines further down this page.)
Attorney Boulton works with a wide variety of car accident victims who talk to him about different goals for their cases: Some victims prefer securing compensation without having to go to trial. Others are ok with filing a lawsuit and appearing before a jury if it is deemed advantageous to their case.
No matter your specific wish, attorney Boulton will work with you to properly file your car accident claim and provide you with a custom legal experience that ensures you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
When you choose Boulton Law Group to file your Indiana car accident claim, you put a proven winner on your side that simply knows how to treat injured people.
Indiana car accident laws
Each day, Indiana sees dozens of car accidents occur on its highways, interstates, and rural roads. For most, this will be their first time being involved in a car accident, and it is highly likely they will not be familiar with Indiana’s car accident laws.
First, per Indiana law, any car accident that results in property damage requires the drivers involved to stop and exchange two pieces of information:
- Driver’s license information
- Insurance information
Second, if the car accident has left someone seriously injured, you are required by law to administer reasonable aid and care to the victim.
Last, if it is believed that the property damage to one or more vehicles exceeds $1,000, you have 10 days to report the collision to the appropriate local Indiana police department.
Who is at fault?
Proving fault in an Indiana car accident is not always straightforward.
With the exception of being rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight, if you were injured in a serious car accident, the other driver’s insurance company will look for ways to reduce their exposure and pin a percentage of fault on you.
Attorney Boulton relies on a cache of valuable tools and proven legal strategies to help ensure his clients’ fault is termed “zero.”
However, if it is found that a client does share a portion of fault, our goal is to reduce this percentage of fault so that a larger share of compensation is received at the case’s conclusion.
Key pieces of evidence used to determine fault:
- Indiana accident report(s)
- Accident scene photos (property damage, skid marks, roadway defects, environmental obstructions.)
- Injury photos
- Medical records and doctor’s notes
Indiana law also states that if you are ruled to be more than 50% at fault for a car accident, you are not allowed to seek compensation from another driver’s insurance company, even if you have suffered injuries.
As we discussed above, if a police report or insurance company has placed more than 50% of the fault on you, it is not always the final ruling.
Boulton Law Group will review your accident details at no cost to help determine whether or not you are more than 50% at fault for the collision.
Indiana car accident claims and lawsuits
Indiana allows for injured people to seek various types of compensation from a negligent driver in the form of accident claims and lawsuits.
It is sometimes assumed that Boulton Law Group will pursue the individual driver for damages, however, in nearly every case it will be the defendant’s insurance company that is responsible for personal injury compensation. (In the event that the defendant is uninsured, we will file an uninsured claim with our client’s insurance company to seek damages.)
No matter where you are in the personal injury claims process, Boulton Law Group can help. If you have yet to file a claim, we can do this on your behalf. If you have already filed a claim, we will send a letter of representation to the liable insurance company and advise that we will be the point of contact for all future communication, correspondence, and requests until the case is closed.
Once the claim is filed with the insurance company, an adjuster will be assigned to investigate your car accident and injuries. At this time, it is imperative that you not speak with the adjuster, or sign any documentation, unless you are advised to do so by your attorney.
Without an experienced personal injury attorney acting on your behalf, the insurance company will almost always make you an offer that is less than what you deserve.
Types of compensation for Indiana car accident victims
Indiana car accident victims who are injured by a negligent driver are entitled to seek compensation for all or a combination of the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Of the three above, pain and suffering will be the most subjective factor in your car accident injury claim. For this reason, no matter how similar two accidents may appear, pain and suffering is largely responsible for what makes each person’s accident claim unique.
We advise each of our car accident clients to keep a simple journal documenting their experiences post-accident. These details will help to bolster your car accident claim when a demand package is presented to the insurance company.
Types of Indiana car accident defendants
One of the first steps Boulton Law Group takes when opening your case is identifying the appropriate defendants who are responsible for your compensation.
Everyday drivers: the majority of Indiana’s car accidents involve drivers operating personal vehicles. The at-fault party will be named as the defendant, however, we will pursue their insurance company’s policy for compensation.
On-the-job drivers: If your car was struck by someone who is driving a commercial vehicle, it is imperative that you ask attorney Boulton to examine the accident so that he can properly identify all potential sources of available compensation.
Semi-truck drivers: If your car was struck by a semi-truck, it is imperative that you speak to attorney Boulton as quickly as possible. These personal injury cases present some of the most unique circumstances in Indiana accident law.
What makes these accidents especially unique is that semi-trucks are governed by state and federal law.
Typically, federal law requires semis to carry between $750,000 and $1,000,000 in insurance coverage, however, Boulton Law Group has investigated semi-truck accident claims that involve multiple insurance policies that total several millions in available coverage.
Car accidents involving on-the-job drivers and semi-trucks will be aggressively defended by insurance companies due to the larger policies that are often taken out on these vehicles.
And Depending on the circumstances of your car accident with one of these vehicles, Boulton Law Group may file a claim that names the driver as well as his or her employer.
Deadlines to file Indiana car accident claims
Each state has its own laws regarding the time limit a person has to file a car accident claim. This deadline is known as the “statute of limitations.”
Indiana car accident victims have a two-year statute of limitations from the date of their car accident. This means that your claim will either need to be resolved or a lawsuit needs to be filed on your behalf before the two-year time limit. If neither of these occur, you are barred from making a recovery.
Keep in mind that Indiana car accident law is complicated and often filled with exceptions. For example, if a young person is injured in a car accident, they will have two years from the date of their 18th birthday to settle their claim.
Determining your car accident case’s statute of limitations is absolutely critical to ensuring you receive compensation for you injuries. One of Boulton Law Group’s first tasks will be to determine the time limits associated with your claim.
Common types of Indiana car accidents
Boulton Law Group has helped clients with a wide variety of car accident cases. We have seen almost every scenario imaginable!
The majority car accidents that occur on Indiana’s roads fall into one of the following collision types:
- T-bone or side-impact
- Drunk driving accidents
Attorney Boulton’s experience with each of these types of car accidents has helped him to anticipate the types of injuries victims are likely to suffer as well as the evidence that will be needed to properly document your claim and prove liability.
Where do most Indiana car accidents happen?
According to Indiana University’s Public Policy Institute, 217,077 collisions occurred in our state during 2018.
With these stats in mind, it is no wonder that Attorney Boulton’s accident scene investigations have taken him to hundreds of roads, streets, highways, interstates, and county roads throughout Indiana.
In short, we learned long ago that Indiana’s roads do not discriminate. Car accidents can happen anywhere at anytime, no matter how safe or quiet a street may seem.
Despite this fact, we continue to handle a large number of serious car accidents in Indianapolis and its surrounding counties.
The Indiana State Police have created an incredible crash prediction tool that documents past car accidents and aims to help help Hoosiers better identify the more dangerous areas throughout Indiana.
Below is an example of the crash prediction tool’s results for the Indianapolis area between the hours of 6am and 9am:
In addition to helping car accident victims in larger cities like Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Lafayette, and Evansville, we continually receive calls from Hoosier residents across the state who were involved in car accidents on a variety of roadways, such as:
- SR 37
- US 31
- US 40
- US 36
- US 136
- Ronald Reagan Parkway
- College Avenue
- Georgetown Road
- Meridian Street
No matter where your accident occurred, whether it be a busy interstate or lonely county road, attorney Boulton can help ensure your car accident case receives priority treatment from he and his legal staff.
Common types of car accident injuries
The human body is a marvel of engineering, but it was never designed to withstand the force that is generated by a serious car accident.
Similar to the types of car accidents our office has handled, attorney Boulton has helped clients who have sustained a wide array of injuries.
Our car accident clients largely suffer from one or more of the following injuries:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Shoulder injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Psychological trauma and PTSD
- Wrongful death
- Various soft tissue injuries
No matter the type of injury you or your loved one has suffered, it is critical that you seek immediate medical attention and follow your doctor’s advice. Missing appointments and/or not following medical recommendations will damage the value of your car accident claim.
Choosing your Indiana car accident attorney
People in Indiana are inundated with attorney advertising. It is everywhere: Television, billboards, phone books (for those who still use them!), radio, etc. It is no wonder choosing an attorney can be difficult for car accident victims!
So how do you choose the right Indiana car attorney for you?
Check out their reviews!
We recommend that you look at online reviews for attorneys and their law firm. Whether it be Google reviews or Facebook reviews, these statements have made it easier to see through advertising fluff and hear first-hand experiences from car accident victims like yourself.
Do not hire a general practitioner!
You should choose an attorney that focuses exclusively on Indiana personal injury law.
Hiring a lawyer that also handles divorces, criminal matters and other types of lawsuits increases the odds that they are not familiar with Indiana ever-changing accident laws.
Never pay for advice!
Third, be sure that you choose a car accident attorney who offers free consultations and a contingency fee agreement.
Contingency fee agreements allow you to hire a car accident attorney without having to pay any money while the case is ongoing.
For example, Boulton Law Group offers a Zero Fee Guarantee. This means that no Indiana car accident victim will ever pay for a consultation, and the only way our firm receives payment is after we win your case.
This agreement creates a risk-free opportunity for our clients and ensures that they have access to award-winning legal representation.
Be sure they treat you like family!
Last, and most importantly, never let an attorney pressure you into hiring them. You should always feel comfortable with the person to who you are speaking. They should be patient, kind, informative, and empathetic to your situation.
As Boulton Law Group is always fond of saying, the attorney and law firm that you hire should make you feel like family.
Questions about your Indiana car accident? Talk to attorney Matt Boulton!
Attorney Boulton has more than 20+ years of experience successfully helping car accident victims and their families.
His reputation as a skilled personal injury lawyer is only surpassed by the kindness and first-class customer service he and his legal staff provides their clients.
When you have questions about your car accident case, you will get answers. When you talk with us about your expectations, we deliver results. It really is that simple at Boulton Law Group.
As mentioned above, we offer all Indiana car accident victims a Zero Fee Guarantee. This means that attorney Boulton will review your potential case and offer your advice at absolutely no cost. Additionally, you do not owe the firm a dime until we win your case.
To speak to attorney Boulton now, call him at 317-350-2680, or write to him by using our confidential contact form.
We look forward to hearing your Indiana car accident story and going to work for you!