Archive for the ‘ Auto Accident ’ Category

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18
Jan

The Other Guy Already Has an Attorney

January 18, 2017

On the road there are rules. Those rules were established to protect all drivers. From stop signs to painted double yellow lines, these markers are a framework designed to help you and your loved ones get from A to B without incident. When followed, the framework works. When it is not, there’s often a different outcome. Consequently, most car accidents in Indiana result from someone straying outside that framework or ignoring the rules all together—an act of negligence that isn’t easily forgiven.

If you’ve been hit by a careless driver, you know firsthand the anger you feel. However, that anger isn’t why you should seek a lawyer to handle your injury claim. You’ve got to protect your best interests. By default, the at-fault driver automatically has an attorney provided by their insurance company. That attorney will fight tooth and nail to minimize the amount of money you get from their insurance company. Why wouldn’t you even the fight from the start and get your own attorney?

If you’ve been injured by a careless driver, even the playing field and call our experienced car accident attorneys for a free consultation. We know how the insurance companies work, and we know how to beat them at their own game. Call us today for your no cost, no obligation consultation, and we’ll get started on your case immediately.

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21
Dec

Three Facts You Need to Know about Car Accidents

December 21, 2016

Most Americans will never need the help of a personal injury lawyer. Although most of us will be involved in a car accident during our lifetime, the majority of those accidents are minor and will not involve injuries. However, just because the chances of you being involved in a serious accident are low doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. Here are three facts every driver and passenger should know about being in a car accident.

  1. The accident report only tells half the story. The report the attending officer files following your accident contains a wealth of information pertinent to your injury claim. However, it only tells half of the story. The other half requires an in-depth investigation by an experienced law firm to unearth.
  2. Insurance won’t automatically cover all your expenses. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s the responsibility of the at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover your expenses. However, getting what you truly deserve can be difficult on your own. The insurance company will try to pay you as little as possible for your claim, not what your case is necessarily worth.
  3. Expense and worth are two different things. In an injury claim, the expenses you incur due to your injuries, such as medical bills and lost wages, don’t necessarily amount to what your case is worth. You have to take into account pain and suffering, lost opportunities, and reduced quality of life, all of which are difficult to determine on your own. You need an experienced attorney to truly assess these non-expense components to come to the true worth of your accident.

Getting maximum compensation after an accident should be your top priority. If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case for no cost or obligation, so call now.

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14
Dec

Fatigued Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

December 14, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we love the holiday season. For us, it’s an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, be generous with our time and resources, and reflect on the past year. It’s also one of the busiest times of year. Late nights and early mornings impact our sleeping patterns, leaving us more fatigued than usual. That fatigue can be dangerous.

According to a recent study, driving fatigued or sleep deprived is just as dangerous as driving intoxicated. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driving with too little sleep is equivalent to driving after consuming three or four alcoholic drinks. That’s a sobering statistic for the millions of Americans who get less than seven hours of sleep per night (35%) and the millions more who get less than five (12%).

What does this mean for car accident injury claims in Indiana? Potentially a lot. We could see fatigued driving becoming a central component in determining fault in an accident and even monetary liability. Luckily, there’s a remedy. Get more sleep. If you ever find yourself too fatigued to drive, call a cab or arrange for other transportation. Your life is worth far more than a one-way cab fare.

And as always, if you need legal advice after a car accident, call us today for a free consultation. Our Indiana car accident attorneys are ready to hear your story and fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.

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30
Nov

Why Stewart & Stewart Is the Right Firm for You

November 30, 2016

Well, we survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the shopping season is far from over. You could be picking things up as late as Christmas Eve, making for an interesting final lap before the big day.

At Stewart & Stewart, we wish folks in Indiana only had to worry about holiday shopping this December, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. December is one of the heaviest car accident months of the year, leaving many injury victims shopping for the right lawyer to handle their case. We know just how many choices Indiana injury victims have when it comes to personal injury law firms, which is why we’ve made it easy to find out if Stewart & Stewart is the right firm for you.

First of all, we offer free consultations to every single injury victim who comes through our doors. This is an opportunity to speak with an experienced car accident attorney without any cost or obligation. If you just have a few questions or want to know more about our firm’s experience, the call is always free.

Secondly, if we do end up representing you, we’ll work for free until we get money for you. It’s called working on a contingency fee basis. It basically means that we’ll front all of the costs upfront, and if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us anything.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, give us a call today for your free consultation. An experienced Indiana car accident attorney is ready to answer any questions you might have at no cost or obligation. Contact us today.

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23
Nov

Universal Truths About Every Car Accident

November 23, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve handled hundreds of personal injury cases over the years. Although every car accident case comes with its own nuances, there are a few similarities in all car accidents that are universal.

Injuries make an accident more complicated. Fender benders and minor accidents with no injuries can be a nuisance, but they can be resolved relatively easily. Put injuries into the mix and your simple car accident property claim turns into an injury claim, which is more complex and requires much more time to resolve.

The insurance company’s first offer is going to be low. Insurance companies are pretty good about paying property damage. They aren’t so great about paying injury claims, at least not what the accident victim deserves. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can expect the insurance company’s first offer to be much lower than you deserve.

Consulting with a lawyer is always the right first step. Getting the compensation you deserve from the insurance company takes much more time and energy than you’re probably able to give in your current state. That’s why consulting with a lawyer is always the right first step after an accident. At Stewart & Stewart, we have years of experience negotiating with the insurance company to get our clients maximum compensation, and we’re ready to do the same for you.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. Our legal team is ready to hear your story and start working on your behalf immediately. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call today.

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19
Oct

How to Earn the Insurance Company’s Respect

October 19, 2016

After being in personal injury law for more than 30 years, we’ve learned a thing or two about getting respect from the insurance company. Like in most life situations, respect is earned through strong character and an uncompromising resolve. Over the years, we’ve earned the respect of insurance companies by standing up for what is fair, fighting for the rights of our clients, and never compromising for less than they deserve, no matter how much easier doing so would be. That mutual respect enables us to negotiate with confidence, often getting to a fair settlement without the need of going to court.

Even if you’re a lifelong customer of the insurance company in question, they have nothing to lose by offering you a small check that may or may not cover all your expenses. If you take it, they’re off the hook for good, leaving you responsible for every medical bill or other expenses that comes your way in the future.

Thankfully, there is something you can do to gain the insurance company’s respect. Give us a call. We’ve helped hundreds of folks in Indiana over the years get what they deserve from the insurance company, and we’re ready to help you too. If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

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12
Oct

Three Questions to Determine If You Have a Claim

October 12, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we offer every accident victim who calls our firm a free, no obligation consultation. We do that because we know how many questions folks have after an accident, and we don’t believe they should have to pay to get the answers. However, we can’t provide answers to your questions unless you call. But how do you know if you should call a lawyer?

Here are three questions to ask yourself to determine whether or not you should call a lawyer:

  1. Did someone else cause the accident?
  2. Were you injured in the accident?
  3. Do you feel you shouldn’t be responsible for what this accident is going to cost you?

If you answered yes to all three of those questions, you should give us a call. It’s quite possible that you have a personal injury case that could result in a significant settlement. To find out how much that case is worth, as well as learn what your next steps should be, you need to consult with an experienced Indiana car accident attorney. Give us a call today for your free, no obligation consultation. We’ll answer any questions you might have, so you can take the right next steps with confidence.

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14
Sep

Don’t Leave Money on the Table

September 14, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app for maximizing your injury claim after a serious accident? All you’d have to do is touch the screen, and the insurance company would give you every dollar you deserve. Unfortunately, getting what you deserve after an accident isn’t that easy. In fact, it can be extremely difficult if you try to take on the insurance company alone.

Most folks don’t realize this, but your injury claim doesn’t end with the accident itself. The insurance company may want you to believe that the injuries you sustained and the treatment you received after your accident is all they are liable for, but that’s seldom the case. You have to look at your injury claim as a series of events directly linked to your accident. It’s like dominos. The accident is simply the first to be knocked over, which leads to another and another and another. Your injury claim should include the entire impact of your accident, which may  include medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Without an experienced attorney on your side, you could be leaving significant amounts of money on the table that you will need later on.

Don’t risk going it alone after your accident. Call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys for a free consultation. We’ll stand up to the insurance company on your behalf and fight for every dollar you deserve. Call today.

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24
Aug

The Guarantee We Give Every Client

August 24, 2016

There are few guarantees in life. We live in a world of uncertainty, where anything can happen. In personal injury law, you’ll be hard pressed to find a lawyer in Indiana who will guarantee that they’ll win your case or get you a big sum of money. There are just too many variables to consider. However, the attorneys at Stewart & Stewart can extend every client a guarantee that could significantly impact your decision to hire a lawyer after your accident. It’s called the No Fee Guarantee®, and as a client of our firm, you automatically qualify for it.

The No Fee Guarantee states that if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us anything. That means we’ll work on your behalf with no upfront costs—no attorneys fees, no out-of-pocket legal expenses—until we win you money. If by chance we don’t win or settle your case, you don’t owe us anything. Why do we do this? Because we believe every accident victim in Indiana should have access to the legal help they need, and taking away some of the financial risk allows them to do so.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. If we feel we can help, we’ll take on your case and you won’t owe us a dime until we win. That’s the No Fee Guarantee. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call us today.

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17
Aug

The Difference Between Information and Experience

August 17, 2016

Getting the information you need used to be a process. For instance, you wanted to know the capital of Uruguay, you had to either ask someone who knew or look it up at the library. Nothing was instantaneous. Nowadays, getting information on pretty much anything you want to know is always at your fingertips. All you have to do is pick up your phone, type in a question, and a wealth of info will flood your screen faster than you can say “search engine.” You can even find all the information you need online in order to file your own injury claim, though we wouldn’t recommend it. Here’s why.

There’s a big difference between information and experience. Although YouTube can show you how to fix a faulty gas line in your house, most folks would prefer that an expert take care of it instead. Why is that when you both have access to the same information? Experience. There are a thousand things that can go wrong in the process, and when they do, you want someone with the necessary experience to handle them. The same is true after a car accident. An experienced Indiana car accident attorney, like those at Stewart & Stewart, have years of experience handling injury claims. We know what can go wrong and how to fix it when it does.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t make the mistake of handling your injury claim on your own. Call us instead for a free consultation. There’s no cost or obligation. Just answers. Contact us today.