Car accidents are scary experiences. Regardless of how minor or major, a car crash can leave you reeling. Injuries may crop up days after an accident, and it’s tough to know where to turn.
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident in Lake County, and your injuries require legal advice or action, you have the right to seek compensation. A Lake County car accident lawyer at Yosha Cook & Tisch can guide you throughout this process.
What should you do after a car crash?
After the standard exchange of insurance information, it’s vital you take steps to protect yourself. If you’re involved in a Lake County car accident, don’t panic. Remember to take the following steps:
- Secure the scene: If you’re able, pull your car to the side of the road. Avoiding on-coming traffic is important for your safety. If the car damage is too great to move it, secure the accident scene. Your car’s flashers, along with flares and cones work well in this situation. If you’re too injured to escape your vehicle, call 911 immediately.
- Call the police: After you’ve secured the accident scene, call 911. Any reporting police officer will help you fill out a report for insurance and further legal claims. If an ambulance is needed, attending officers will note this information in their report.
- Take pictures and video evidence: If you have your smartphone with you, document the accident and any injuries via photos and video. If injuries grow in severity or don’t appear until the following days, ensure you document these as well. Your car accident attorney will use this evidence to strengthen your case and advocate for you.
- Never take the blame: Any on-scene police officers will ask you to describe how the accident occurred. You’ll likely experience some level of shock, and will wonder about the occupants of the other vehicles. Never admit fault or apologize during your initial accident report. If you feel confused, admit to the police that you’re unclear of how your accident transpired.
- Seek immediate medical attention: After a severe crash, attending police officers will call an ambulance for emergency medical attention or quick physical check-ups. Allow yourself to be attended to. Certain injuries such as whiplash may appear in the days following your accident – don’t ignore them. See a doctor as soon as possible, and make sure your doctor knows you were in a car accident.
What are the most common causes of a car accident?
You can go decades without experiencing the trauma of a car accident. Yet, in an unsuspecting moment, you may find yourself the victim of a car crash. The aftermath may bring trauma and a need for a legal advocate. To increase road awareness,it’s important to understand the most common causes of car accidents.
According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), there were 17,821 collisions in Lake County in 2019. So, why do most accidents occur? Inclement weather and severe road conditions can cause car accidents. However, the most common accidents stem from avoidable situations:
- Driving under the influence: If drivers choose to drink or use drugs and drive, they endanger their lives and the lives of all others on the road. In 2019 alone, alcohol-impaired drivers accounted for 308 accidents in Lake County.
- Distracted driving: We live in a busy world. Checking text messages or answering calls while driving may seem like a time saver, but doing so frequently causes avoidable accidents. In 2020, Indiana enacted “Hands free” driving laws–any driver on a handheld phone can be issued a ticket.
- Reckless driving: It’s easy to feel like a little speeding every now and then won’t hurt anyone. However, reckless driving endangers all vehicles on the road. Speeding, ignoring traffic signals, quick lane changes, and tailgating have all led to horrific car accidents.Speeding is the most common cause of car accidents, and led to 2,699 Lake County collisions in 2019.
Some of the less frequent causes of car accidents include:
- Vehicle failures: Vehicle malfunctions can occur suddenly. Often a driver has no control over a malfunctioning car part. Over the years, car manufacturers have issued major recalls for malfunctions
- Poor weather conditions: Black ice, snow, and even heavy rain can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. It’s best to avoid poor road conditions when possible. However, if driving in inclement weather proves necessary, slow and easy remains the best course of action.
- Obstacles on the road: A truck loses its cargo, construction areas aren’t properly marked, a deer races into traffic–all present road obstacles and can lead to sudden car accidents.
Yosha Cook & Tisch can represent you after a car accident
At Yosha Cook & Tisch, our legal team empathizes with victims of car accidents. After your car crash, you may find yourself overwhelmed by insurance documents, injury care, and car repairs. It’s important that you minimize your stress levels so you can focus on healing and recovering from such a traumatic event. We’re in your corner, and can advocate for you. If you retain our legal services, we will:
- Advise you on the merits of your case in a transparent, honest, and clear manner
- Determine appropriate compensation you may be owed
- Gather evidence to strengthen your case.
- Retain forensic experts or witnesses
- Manage your insurance claims–You won’t have to deal with the headache of a claim, and we’ll fight for the fair amount you are due.
- Advocate for you in any legal proceedings or meetings with other party representation.
Our attorneys will always seek resolutions that have your best interests in mind, and fight for the compensation you need to move on with your life. Our team at Yosha Cook & Tisch are your best potential Lake County car accident lawyers. We personally invest in each client, and never settle for less than what we know you deserve. Our wealth of experience and legal expertise allows us to take up your fight against insensitive, corporate insurance companies who will do whatever they can to minimize their payout to you.
Decades of courtroom experience enables our legal teams to expertly try your case. Firm co-founder Louis Buddy Yosha has won more jury verdicts (nearly 100) than any other attorney in Indiana state history. Some of our clients have won verdicts with large settlements, including:
- $5 million awarded to a passenger who tragically suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a car accident.
- $3.2 million for a child passenger who suffered a mild TBI as a result of a car accident.
What compensation can you expect in a personal injury case outcome?
Every car accident occurs under different circumstances. The aftermath of personal injury victims’ varies from case to case. Thus, the total compensation pursued will depend on your unique circumstances.
Compensation is never a promised outcome in any personal injury case. Nonetheless, at Yosha Cook & Tisch we will let you know if you have a legitimate case, and will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Some areas of potential compensation may include:
- Medical costs: Any medical prescriptions, treatments, procedures, therapies, appointments, and hospital bills fall under medical costs compensation. Permanent scarring and loss of mobility fall under medical costs too.
- Loss of salary and future income: Loss of current and future income as a result of a car accident could also serve as grounds for compensation.
- Pain and suffering: The aftermath of a car accident could leave you with permanent physical and/or emotional pain and suffering. You shouldn’t have to experience this trauma alone, and may be entitled to a settlement.
If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of a car accident, you may still fight for compensatory damages. You may file a claim based on lack of consortium (the loss of the benefits of a loved one’s life), burial and funeral expenses, loss of benefits and income, pain and suffering, and more.
What is the Statute of Limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Unfortunately, Indiana state regulations do place a time limit on filing civil lawsuits after a car accident. According to Indiana state law titled IC 34-11-2-4, a civil personal injury suit must be filed within two years of the accident.
However, a few exceptions to the time limit stand. These exceptions include a victim under 18 years old, or a victim with a mental disability, on the date of the accident.
If you think you may have a personal injury case, it’s important to quickly seek legal consultation. Even if your legal claims are valid, the state may deny your case once the time statue has elapsed.
Contact Yosha Cook & Tisch for questions about your Lake County Car Accident
At Yosha Cook & Tisch, we never settle for less that what is equitable to you. We care about the outcome of your case and do our best to help you through the process with the least amount of stress as possible.We will fight for compensation and justice for you and your loved ones.
The contingency fee system at Yosha Cook & Tisch means you pay us only after we win your compensatory case. Our legal experts can help you find justice and compensation for your personal injury claims in Lake County.
We employ a proven team of car accident attorneys, and we stand ready to help you.
Call Yosha Cook & Tisch at (317) 334-9200 for a free evaluation of your case.