Archive for the ‘ Auto Accident ’ Category

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19
Apr

Distracted Driving is on the Rise in Indiana

April 19, 2017

If you own, operate, or ride in a car, consider this. Distracted driving is on the rise, and there’s not much you can do to protect yourself and your family. From checking the phone to putting on makeup, nearly every driver out on the road has engaged in distraction while behind the wheel, and nearly every time they’ve put themselves and others in danger. Thousands of accidents every year are caused by distracted driving, leading to serious injuries and even death. Is reading that text or watching that Snapchat while driving worth someone’s life?

At Stewart & Stewart, we believe in justice. If a negligent, careless, or distracted driver has severely altered or ended the life of a loved one, we believe that driver should be held responsible for the pain they’ve caused. As your car accident attorney, we’ll do more than handle the heavy lifting associated with your injury claim. We’ll fully investigate why your accident happened and whether or not it could have been avoided.

If you or someone you love was hit by a distracted driver, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today.

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29
Mar

Car Accident? This is Your Next Step

March 29, 2017

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’re probably wondering what your next steps should be. Well, it depends on who you ask. The insurance company may offer you a settlement check soon after your accident and advise you to take it, as it’s all you’re going to get. From their perspective, that makes sense, because once you sign for that check, they are no longer responsible for future expenses. If you have further medical needs due to your injures or are out of work longer than you thought, don’t expect the insurance company to cough up any more money. You’ve officially released them from their duty.

The personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart would tell you to never take an insurance company offer without first consulting with an experienced car accident attorney. It’s worth a call to discover if the insurance company’s offer is fair or not, and at Stewart & Stewart, that call is always free. We offer free, no obligation consultations to every Indiana car accident victim who gives us a call, because we believe it should be easy to get the help you need.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call us today for a free consultation. Our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys are ready to hear your story and fight to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t be fooled by the insurance company. Call us today.

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8
Mar

Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve

March 08, 2017

Personal injury claims exist to compensate accident victims for the expenses they have or will incur due to their injuries. The majority of that compensation will pertain to the medical treatment they receive. That’s relatively easy to calculate. After all, hospitals and medical professionals usually keep pretty good records and are almost never shy about sending you a bill for their services. But what about the other costs of your accident—those less tangible things that don’t come in bill form?

An equal component to the financial burden a car accident causes is the physical pain you experience due to your recovery. What about the hours of painful physical therapy you must endure to regain mobility and lost strength? What about the loss of social ties or depression that result from being incapacitated? Although not expenses from a financial standpoint, these hardships take a significant toll on your quality of life, and we believe you should be compensated for them.

That’s why at Stewart & Stewart, we consider pain and suffering for every accident case we handle. Getting you the compensation you deserve is more than recovering expenses; it’s about recovering your quality of life, and we’ll fight to ensure you do.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for your free consultation. We’re ready to fight for the compensation you deserve, so you and your family can put this accident behind you. Contact us today.

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15
Feb

Car Accident: The One Mistake to Avoid

February 15, 2017

No one wants to pay more taxes than they owe. That’s why so many folks hire an accountant around this time of year to make sure they maximize their refund while minimizing the amount they owe the IRS. Sure, you could file your taxes using an online resource, but there’s just no substitute for an experienced professional looking out for your best interests. They know the system and how to make sure you don’t pay more than you absolutely have to.

The same is true in personal injury law. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Indiana, you have the option to attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company on your own. That’s absolutely your right, and we’d imagine the insurance company would applaud that decision. After all, if they can convince you to take less money than your case is worth, that’s more money for their bottom line. It might put you and your family at financial risk, but going it alone is an option.

Another option is calling an attorney. Just like with your taxes, an experienced car accident attorney knows how to determine what your case is worth and will fight to get you every dollar you are entitled to. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give the experienced Indiana car accident attorneys at Stewart & Stewart a call today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no risk or obligation to you, so you can be confident in your next steps.

Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today.

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8
Feb

Determining What Your Case Is Worth

February 08, 2017

Here’s a challenge for you. Next time you go to the doctor, try to estimate how much your medical bill is going to be. See how close you get. If you’re like most folks, figuring out how medical expenses are calculated or evaluated by the insurance company can be a lost cause. With very few pricing standards, most patients leave the doctor’s office or hospital without a clue of what their medical bill is going to look like until it comes in the mail weeks later.

That’s the main issue with accident victims handling their own injury claims. It’s up to you to negotiate with the insurance company for the amount you think your case is worth. But without knowing how your medical expenses will be calculated, how much treatment you will need, or the countless other nuisances involved in your recovery, how are you supposed to determine what is a fair settlement? The truth is you can’t. But once you agree to a settlement amount and cash that check, it’s all over. The insurance company no longer is responsible for your expenses. They’re done, leaving you holding all the future bills.

That’s why calling an experienced Indiana car accident attorney is so important following your accident. At Stewart & Stewart, we offer free consultations to every potential client that comes through our doors. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call. We’ll review your case for free, and if we take your case, you won’t pay us anything until we get money for you. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.

Don’t let what you don’t know hurt you. Contact Stewart & Stewart today for your free, no obligation consultation. You’ll be glad you did.

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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.