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Jonathan Rosenfeld
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February 29, 2024

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In 2022, 955 people lost their lives in car accidents across Indiana, an 18% increase from 2019 [1]. This number doesn’t account for the many other people whose lives have been changed forever by the actions of a negligent driver.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you need an accomplished law firm to help you get the settlement you deserve. We’ll identify the at-fault parties, skillfully present evidence, and manage insurance claims on your behalf so you can focus on the most important thing — healing.

Contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation and learn how we can assist you in getting justice for your accident.

You Have Limited Time to File a Car Accident Claim in Indiana

It’s essential that you hire a car accident lawyer as soon as possible because Indiana statutes of limitations related to car accidents are quite short. For personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability, the statute of limitations is only two years.

Much of this will be taken up by negotiations with the other driver’s insurance company, leaving you with limited time to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

If you’ve been in an accident, call an Indiana car accident lawyer at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation, where we will discuss your options for fair compensation.

Types of Cases Our Indiana Car Accident Lawyers Handle

A car accident isn’t just terrifying. It’s also complicated, which is why you need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. We’ve handled hundreds of cases varying across different parameters, such as the cause of the auto accident and the party held liable.

The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Indiana

A car crash can result from negligent actions by the other driver, as well as due to road conditions and faulty auto parts. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Drunk driving – There were 2,737 Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) cases from January to September 2023 [5], a significant spike from 2022. Sadly, 152 people died as a result of drunk driving in 2022 [6].
  • Reckless driving – Speeding was cited as the cause of 1,555 injuries in car accidents in 2022 [7].
  • Distracted driving – Despite Indiana law prohibiting Hoosiers from holding or operating a cell phone while driving [8], over 14,000 citations have been issued in the last three years for texting and driving [9].
  • Breaking traffic laws – 970 people died in auto accidents in Indiana last year [10]. Experts point to a failure to follow traffic laws, such as obeying stop signs and following left turn signals, as a leading cause of fatalities.
  • Faulty parts – Manufacturing defaults can lead to a serious car collision. For example, approximately 236,000 Nissan Sentra cars were recalled in late 2023 due to a weak tie rod in the steering wheel. If this essential component breaks, it can cause the driver to lose control and lead to serious motor vehicle accidents [11].
  • Hazardous road conditions – While Indiana is ranked 5th in the nation for infrastructure quality [12], its roads have one big nemesis: Mother Nature. Car accidents resulting in serious injury rise significantly on the first snowfall of the year, particularly among drivers aged 65 and older [13].

Indiana car accident causes

What Is the Basis of Car Accident Claims in Indiana

With a motor vehicle accident personal injury case, you must prove that someone else, whether it was the other driver or a manufacturer, was primarily negligent. There are four factors that comprise the basis of personal injury suits in Indiana: duty, breach, cause, and damages. They are defined as follows:

  1. Duty of care – The liable party had a responsibility to you, and to other motorists, to practice reasonable precautions.
  2. Breach of care – The defendant breached their duty of care, such as by driving recklessly or driving under the influence.
  3. Cause – Their actions were the primary cause of your injuries.
  4. Damages – The breach of care resulted in personal injuries, financial losses, or both.

It’s important to note that there are more individuals and entities that have a duty of care to you in a car crash, including governments and companies.

The main contributing factor in a car accident is usually the driver, but an Indiana personal injury lawyer will investigate who else may also be responsible for your injury claim.

Who Is Held Liable in Car Accident Cases

While the at-fault driver is usually held liable in traffic accidents, our Indiana auto accident lawyers can also hold several other parties responsible for their role in car crashes. This includes:

  • Other drivers – If, for example, you were stopped at the accident scene and another driver rear-ended you, causing further injuries, they can be held responsible, too.
  • Auto manufacturers – Defective cars can lead to serious accidents. For example, Tesla recently recalled nearly 2 million vehicles due to a faulty autopilot system [14], a problem that killed a woman in Putnam County [15].
  • Parts manufacturers – Aftermarket parts suppliers are liable if manufacturing defects contribute to vehicle crashes.
  • Employers – In some cases, the liable party was driving a company car or was driving in relation to their employment. An experienced auto accident attorney will hold the company responsible due to Indiana’s vicarious liability rules.
  • Government entities – If the car accident resulted because of improper road maintenance, including failure to clear snow in a timely manner, our car accident lawyers will make sure Indiana municipal governments are held accountable for your injuries.

Proving Fault in a Car Accident Case

A successful personal injury claim hinges upon the preponderance of evidence. This means that the injured party can prove a greater than 50% chance that their claim is true.

An Indiana auto accident attorney has a variety of information they can utilize to prove fault and secure a fair settlement, which can include:

  • Accident reports
  • Medical records
  • Accident scene photos
  • Accident reconstruction
  • Surveillance footage
  • Expert testimony
  • Eyewitness testimony

Indiana personal injury law follows the “51% rule,” otherwise known as modified comparative negligence. This means you can seek compensation as long as you are less than 51% responsible. However, a successful claim will be reduced proportionately by how much you were at fault.

For example, if you were found 37% responsible, you would get 37% less than you would if you were entirely blameless.

How Much Compensation Can Be Recovered in a Car Accident Case

There is no set dollar amount for compensation. However, our Indiana auto accident attorneys will work hard to ensure you get full and fair compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma.

We’ve recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients, such as these examples:

  • $7,000,000 – A pedestrian was hit by a motorist driving a company car for a national medical supplier.
  • $2,500,000 – Settlement for the passenger in a rollover car accident. The passenger was left with serious physical injuries, including facial damage and vision loss.
  • $1,000,000 – Policy limit settlement with the insurance company for a wrongful death claim. The decedent was fatally injured after their vehicle was rear-ended.

Factors Affecting Car Accident Settlement Amounts

Our law firm works tirelessly to ensure you get the largest settlement possible based on the factors affecting your possible claim. These can include:

  • Amount of damages – The sum of your medical expenses and lost wages will contribute to how much you can receive.
  • Extent of injuries – Those who suffer serious injuries, like spinal cord injuries or brain injuries, will generally receive more.
  • Insurance coverage available – Insurance adjusters play a major role in settlement sums. The amount of coverage available from your own insurance company, as well as the insurance companies for the liable parties, impacts how much your car accident lawyer can recover.
  • Available Evidence – Strong evidence of medical treatment and accident reconstruction can greatly benefit you.
  • Eyewitness Statements – Our attorneys will gather as many witnesses as possible to prove your claim.

The Most Common Car Accident Injuries Suffered

As even a low-speed car accident can cause serious damage, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Common injuries include:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries from whiplash
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries

Indiana car accident injuries

Damages Our Indiana Car Accident Attorneys Can Help You Recover

Your Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers car accident attorney will work to receive a fair settlement that encompasses all of the damages you have suffered. The types of damages you can receive depend on who is filing the claim. If you are filing on your own behalf, we can recover:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Medical costs like adaptive equipment
  • Past and future loss of income
  • Disability or disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional and psychological trauma
  • Vehicle repair and replacement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Car Accident Wrongful Death Claim

If you have sadly lost a loved one due to a car crash, you can rely on a compassionate car accident attorney from our team to help you receive compensation. This can include:

  • Funeral costs
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of mentorship for minor children

How Long Does Settling a Car Accident Lawsuit Take

Generally, resolving an accident claim takes over six months. Much of this is spent negotiating with car and health insurance companies, after which we will take it to trial if necessary.

As the statute of limitations is only two years, it’s important for accident victims to contact a car accident lawyer quickly so that we can file a lawsuit within that timeframe if we are not able to reach a satisfying conclusion with the insurance company representative.

How Much Does Hiring an Indiana Auto Accident Lawyer Cost

Working with a car accident lawyer from our law firm costs you nothing upfront. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we will deduct our attorney fees from your overall settlement.

Not only does this ensure that anyone can access high-quality legal representation, it also means you don’t need to worry about legal fees while you’re recuperating.

Filing a Car Accident Claim With Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers

When you work with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers on an Indiana accident claim, you get a full team of legal experts who will help you with every step of the process. We’ll explain each aspect of your case to you and keep you informed on all new developments as soon as they happen.

Here’s what you can expect from your car accident case:

  • Free consultation – During your free initial consultation, we will inform you whether we believe you have a case and gather preliminary information.
  • Case investigation – We begin by developing a full understanding of what happened during the car accident, identifying potential defendants, and determining what kind of case you have.
  • Evidence gathering – Our lawyers will gather information like medical records, police reports, surveillance footage, accident reconstruction, and evidence from the scene, such as debris.
  • Expert consultation – We have an extensive network of experts in Indiana and beyond, including doctors, automotive professionals, accident reconstructionists, and forensic consultants, who can assist us in creating a compelling narrative of your claim.
  • Insurance company negotiation – Before we file a lawsuit, we work with the applicable car and health insurance company to obtain a full settlement. Our years of work with insurance companies have given us experience in what a good settlement looks like for a given accident, and we’ll ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
  • Trial representation – Sometimes, we are not able to reach a satisfying agreement with the applicable insurance agencies. When this happens, we will file a lawsuit and represent you at trial, presenting all the evidence we have found and proving who is at fault. We’ll explain every aspect of the legal proceedings to you and make sure your needs are always foremost during the process.

Contact an Indiana Car Accident Attorney Today!

No one expects to be in an accident when they get behind the wheel, but sadly, crashes impact thousands of Indiana residents every year. If you’ve suffered injuries due to a negligent driver or parts manufacturer, you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering.

Our team of accomplished car accident attorneys has recovered millions in damages for clients across Indiana, holding those who drive recklessly responsible for their actions. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless we are able to earn you compensation — one less thing to worry about as you recover.

Call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers at (888) 424-5757 or contact us through our website for a free initial consultation and learn how we can help you get the compensation you need to move forward after a serious crash.

Resources: [1] TripNet, [2] WRTV, [3] Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, [4] Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, [5] Indiana Department of Labor, [6] WISH-TV, [7] IndyStar, [8] FOX 59, [9] CNBC, [10] American Meteorological Society [11] National Public Radio, [12] Car Complaints

Client Reviews

Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld.

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Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own.

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Jonathan helped my family heal and get compensation after our child was suffered a life threatening injury at daycare. He was sympathetic and in constant contact with us letting us know all he knew every step of the way. We were so blessed to find Jonathan!

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This lawyer really helped me get compensation for my motorcycle accident case. I know there is no way that I could have gotten anywhere near the amount that Mr. Rosenfeld was able to get to settle my case. Thank you.

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Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial.

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