Archive for the ‘ Auto Accident ’ Category

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13
Apr

Injury Claims: Time Is Not On Your Side

April 13, 2016

You might think you have a lot of time to consider your options after a car accident, but the truth is, you don’t. Here are 3 ways taking your time to call an attorney after an accident can put you in a tough situation.

Statute of Limitations—There are deadlines for filing injury claims. If you wait too long to call an attorney, you could compromise your chances of getting any compensation at all.

Insurance Company’s Case—The one thing standing between you and a fair settlement after an accident is the insurance company. While you’re waiting to call an attorney, the insurance company is building a case against you. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible for your injury claim. Giving them a head start on figuring out how to make that reality is never a good idea.

Medical Expenses—The longer you wait to call a lawyer, the more medical expenses are going to stack up. Many firms will front the cost of your medical treatment so you have no initial upfront costs. Otherwise, you’re on your own to pay them and make ends meet at the same time.

Time can be the biggest factor in how much you get for your injury claim, which is why most our clients call within days of their accident. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call our Indiana car accident attorneys today and we’ll get started on your case immediately.

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30
Mar

Dear Insurance Adjuster

March 30, 2016

Everybody deserves a second chance, and at Stewart & Stewart, that’s exactly what we provide.

We understand the pressure you feel at work–the constant mandate to make as much profit as possible regardless of how it impacts the people involved. It’s your job and we understand. That’s why we give insurance adjusters just like you second, third, and even fourth chances to get it right.

You know our firm’s reputation for helping accident victims. You know we’re not going to settle for less than our client deserves. Your insurance company owes our client a fair settlement for their injuries, and we won’t stop until we get it for them. That means money to pay their current and future medical bills. It means compensating them for their lost wages. It means taking into account their pain and suffering rather than brushing it off as not your responsibility.

If you don’t get it right on your first settlement offer, we’ll give you a second chance. In fact, we’ll keep saying “that’s not enough, do it again” until you come back with an offer that fairly compensates our client.

We’re not going anywhere. Our client’s not going anywhere. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can put this accident behind you.

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23
Mar

A Simple Conversation Can Save Lives

March 23, 2016

Turning sixteen and getting a drivers license is one of the most important milestones of a teenager’s life. It provides them with a freedom they have never had. But along with that freedom comes a huge responsibility that many teenagers aren’t ready for. As a parent, you have a responsibility as well: preparing your children for the potential dangers of getting behind the wheel.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20-year-olds in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a simple conversation with your child can make all the difference in turning that statistic around.

Here are 5 rules you should talk to your teenager about before they get behind the wheel:

  1. No Alcohol—29% of 15- to 20-year old drivers killed in accidents had been drinking. Instill in your teenager the dangers of underage drinking, and make a plan so they never feel like they have to get behind the wheel intoxicated.
  2. No cell phone use while driving—Talking or texting while driving leads to thousands of crashes every year. Make sure your teenager knows that their car is a “no cell zone.”
  3. No riding without a seatbelt—No matter how short a trip, your youth should have a seatbelt on at all times. No exceptions.
  4. No speeding—It’s easy to feel like you’re invincible at sixteen, but the reality is speed kills. Following speed limits leads to safer driving and fewer tickets.
  5. No extra passengers—NHTSA data reveals that your teenager is more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors when riding with one or more other teenagers. Don’t allow other teens in your child’s car until you feel they’re ready.

Getting a license is exciting for every teenager. However, it also opens your child up to new dangers. A simple conversation now can save your child’s life. The car accident attorneys at Stewart & Stewart encourage you to have that conversation today.

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16
Mar

Every Minute Counts

March 16, 2016

When most people think of a car accident trial, they probably think of two drivers fighting over what one owes the other for their injuries. The reality is much different. After an accident, your real opponent is the insurance company. They can withhold the money you need to put this accident behind you, and in our experience, that’s what they try to do.

We have zero patience for insurance companies unwilling to live up to their responsibilities and fully compensate accident victims for their injuries. These individuals aren’t looking to buy a new house or vacation in Hawaii on their settlement check. They simply want to be able to pay their medical bills, recover lost wages, and get on with their lives. The longer the insurance company takes to provide that compensation, the more financial strain they place on the victim. We don’t think that’s right. That’s why we fight so hard for our clients, because we know every minute counts.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call our Indianapolis car accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your case and work to make the insurance company play fair. You deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries. Give us a call, and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you are.

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9
Mar

Who Do You Want Representing You?

March 09, 2016

Consider this scenario. You’ve been diagnosed with a rare heart condition that requires surgery. There are five heart surgeons in your area but only one has ever successfully completed the procedure. Which doctor do you want operating on you? The one who has completed the procedure before, of course, because they have experience and a track record that gives you the best chance for survival.

It’s the same with personal injury claims. When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you probably don’t want someone who has never handled a case like yours representing you. You want someone with experience and a track record that can give you the best chance of getting maximum compensation for your injuries. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve been helped hundreds of injured people in Indianapolis. We know your rights and what it takes to win, which is why so many accident victims turn to us when they need representation.

If you’ve been injured and are considering calling a lawyer, go with a law firm with a history of getting results. Call our Indiana car accident lawyers today for a free consultation and let us put our experience to work for you.

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10
Feb

3 Steps to Take After a Car Accident

February 10, 2016

A serious car accident, no matter the circumstances, is traumatic—the split second before the crash, the impact, the paralyzing fear of not knowing if everyone’s okay. To say that you’ll be shaken up immediately following an accident is an understatement. However, once the initial shock subsides, it’s important to know what to do next.

Here are 3 steps you should take immediately following an accident:

  1. Get witness names and contact information. Unless your accident happened on a deserted road, there were probably a number of people who witnessed the wreck. Get the names and contact information for these witnesses. Their account of the accident could prove vital to your injury claim.
  2. Get medical treatment. Adrenaline will be racing through your body for a while after the wreck, which can mask injuries you may have sustained. It’s important to seek medical treatment after an accident, even if you feel fine. You may not know how injured you actually are.
  3. Don’t talk to the insurance company. If you were injured and the accident wasn’t your fault, you may hear from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. They’ll more than likely make a settlement offer to compensate you for your injuries. In our experience, these initial offers will not cover all your future medical costs and lost wages. Don’t take the insurance company’s first offer. Don’t even speak with them. Call an attorney instead. An experienced Indianapolis car accident lawyer can stand between you and the insurance company to make sure you get fair compensation for your injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your accident and make sure your rights are protected.

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20
Jan

Stop Distracted Driving in 2 Easy Steps

January 20, 2016

Seconds matter. According to a 2009 study, drivers take their eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds every time they text and drive. Don’t think much happens in 4.6 seconds? Consider this. At 55 mph, you’ll travel the length of football field in less time than it takes to send a text message. In the city, you could travel several blocks. In a residential area, you could pass dozens of homes. It only takes one child running out in front of you to change your life forever.

The simplest solution to mitigating this danger is to not text and drive, but that’s easier said than done. In this technological era, we all feel pressure to stay connected, making it tempting to glance down at your phone while on an open stretch. Seems innocent enough. After all, it’s just one text. But having handled several cases involving distracted driving, we’ve seen firsthand how just one text can lead to tragedy.

So, how do you beat the temptation? By taking your phone out of the equation all together. It’s a simple two-step process. Before you put the key in the ignition, turn your phone off. Then put it away, either in your pocket, in your purse, or in the glove compartment. Without the alluring ping of a new text message, social media notification, or voicemail to entice you, you’re less likely to pick your phone up while in transit.

When you arrive safely at your destination, pull your phone out and power it back on. We guarantee you didn’t miss anything more important than your life.

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9
Dec

Law Enforcement Working to Prevent Holiday Drunk Driving

December 09, 2015

The holidays are fast approaching and for many, which means gathering with friends and family to celebrate. The Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out these festivities play a part in a notorious rise in the number of drunk drivers that are on the road during this time of year.

Luckily, law enforcement officials are already stepping up their efforts to keep intoxicated motorists off the road. WANE 15 News reports that during a two-hour sobriety checkpoint that was held in Grant County on December 4, six of the 113 motorists who were stopped were arrested for violating the law. Three of those who were taken into custody were arrested for operating a vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol. Three others were arrested on misdemeanor charges, while four other drivers were ticketed and released. Three warning tickets were handed out as well.

Indiana State Police say drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities today, considering alcohol played a part in 101 traffic deaths during 2014. That’s why officials say similar operations will be held in other areas of the county and state as the holidays get closer.

Our staff at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the impact a drunk driving accident has on the lives of those who are involved. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys encourage you to be wise this holiday season and refrain from drinking and driving. Instead, use a designated driver or cab to get home safely.

We would also like to applaud the efforts law enforcement is making to keep our roads free of drunk drivers. We’re hopeful to see more checkpoints being established throughout the holiday season.

 

 

 

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21
Oct

“Teen Driver Safety Week” Is Currently Under Way

October 21, 2015

This week is “Teen Driver Safety Week” across the United States—for good reason, too. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens between ages 15-19. As part of the campaign, several organizations are working to raise awareness about the importance of safe driving habits. Our Indianapolis car accident lawyers would also like to remind teens about several rules of the road they should keep in mind:

  • Follow Speed Limits – Most roads have a maximum speed vehicles should maintain. However, it’s important for teens to know they should only operate a vehicle at a speed that is safe for the conditions.
  • Don’t Use Your Phone - An article from WLFI 8 News explains that on July 1, 2015, a new law took effect that prohibits drivers who are under the age 21 from using any type of telecommunications device while driving, including hands-free devices. The only exception to the rule is if the device is being used to make an emergency call.
  • Drive Sober - One of the leading causes of accidents among teens is intoxication due to alcohol or drug consumption. There is a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence if you are under under age 21.

The legal staff at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the importance of getting information out to teen drivers about the dangers of the road and our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips help teens to prevent accidents in the future.

 

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7
Oct

Drivers Struggle to Keep Up With New Auto Safety Technology

October 07, 2015

Automobile manufacturers are scrambling in a race to develop new technologies that will make vehicles safer. But could all of these new safety features actually be failing at their mission of reducing accidents? The Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out some data indicates the answer to that question is “yes”.

A survey conducted by the University of Iowa showed that more than half of all drivers don’t fully understand the safety features of their vehicle. Experts say the reason is that auto manufacturers fail to educate motorists about the features, which often results in motorists simply turning them off altogether.

These findings prompted the researchers to partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation to educate drivers about the safety features in their vehicles.

You can learn more about your vehicle’s safety features by visiting MyCarDoesWhat.org. The website provides a list of the safety technologies found in a majority of today’s vehicles and offers motorists a video tutorial about how each feature functions.

Safety features can save lives. The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys encourage you to get up to speed on how the safety features in your car work. Doing so could save your life!

 

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