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Help from Greenwood, IN Car Accident Attorneys

Greenwood is a safe haven for those looking for a family-friendly city without having to sacrifice the comforts of urban life. And yet, Greenwood suffers from the same problems that plague all cities. New street improvement plans may lead to congested construction zones; commuter traffic leads to busier streets filled with distracted drivers; higher traffic around the city’s greenways may lead to more bicycle accidents.

Car accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Victims must deal with uncooperative insurance companies while coping with physical injuries, growing medical bills, and lost income.

If you or a loved one was injured in an Greenwood car accident, Hensley Legal Group is here to help. We believe everyone deserves experienced legal representation after a car accident, regardless of income. That’s why we offer a risk-free guarantee to our clients by working on contingency.

Working on contingency is simple: It means we won’t get paid unless and until you receive compensation. We’ll spend months, even years working tirelessly on your case, and you won’t owe us a penny in upfront fees. If we fail to recover compensation for you, we don’t get paid. Plain and simple.

Plus, your first consultation with us is always free. Call our Greenwood office at (317) 204-8355 or fill out our easy online form to get started.

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Do I really need an attorney for my Greenwood car accident?

Filing a claim after a motor vehicle collision should be easy. All you have to do is report the accident to the at-fault driver’s insurance and they will pay for your medical bills, damaged vehicle, and pain and suffering.

But insurance companies want to avoid paying money at any cost. They may deny your claim or use your medical history to justify a lower settlement offer.

Our Greenwood car accident attorneys can help you determine your next steps and figure out what options may be right for you. What else can an auto accident attorney do for you?

Calculate what your claim is worth

Every single case is different, but every car accident settlement should at the very least cover your medical bills, including physical therapy. It should also include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. An Indiana car accident attorney will let you know what you can expect from your settlement.

Determine liability

Your car accident attorney will immediately begin gathering evidence and investigating the scene of your accident. Their investigations can protect you from counterclaims from other drivers who would benefit from you having more fault. Your attorney will track down the insurance information of the at-fault driver and all liable parties that played a role in your accident.

Negotiate with insurance

The first offer you get from the insurance company will be the bare minimum based on whatever medical bills and appraisals they can find. But that offer won’t account for continuing medical treatment, counseling, or pain and suffering. Our Greenwood car accident lawyers have two decades of experience negotiating with greedy insurance companies and know which tactics will get you the settlement you deserve.

Taking your case to court

Sometimes just the threat of a lawsuit is enough to make the insurance company cough up settlement money. But if you end up going to court, you want an experienced trial attorney on your side. At Hensley Legal Group, our injury attorneys don’t shy away from going to court if that’s what it takes to get you full and fair compensation.

What damages can you recover after a Greenwood car accident?

Greenwood car accident attorneys at Hensley Legal Group can help you recover damages after a car accident that wasn’t your fault. There are two types of damages you can recover: economic and non-economic.

  • Economic damages have a numerical value assigned to them, like:
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Property damage

Non-economic damages do not have an obvious price tag. They include pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and mental distress. The insurance company can make up whatever dollar amount they feel like for pain and suffering, or offer nothing for pain and suffering if they don’t feel like it. But your attorney knows what you’re going through and will fight with the insurance company until you have a settlement that you truly deserve.

Although some Greenwood residents may have the means to afford expensive attorneys, many more find it difficult to even think about how much a Greenwood car accident attorney might cost.

If we do secure a settlement for you, our fee is 33.3 percent, or one-third, of your compensation. If you choose to file a lawsuit to pursue your claim further (something we will never force you to do), our fee becomes 40 percent to cover the costs of going to trial. Many cases settle without having to file lawsuits.

If you have a question about our fees, or if you’re ready to get help for your auto accident case, call our local Greenwood office or contact us online. We are available 24/7.

Common causes of Greenwood car accidents

Greenwood drivers must be on their guard against reckless drivers. In fact, most car accidents are preventable. Unsafe driving behaviors are responsible for 65 percent of Indiana car accidents and should be avoided at all costs.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the US. It’s tempting to pick up your phone or give your attention to your passengers instead of the road, but your sole focus should always be on driving. It is illegal in Indiana to use your phone while driving. If you were injured in a car wreck caused by someone who was distracted by their phone, you can recover damages by filing a personal injury claim.

Speeding

Speed-related factors can lead to deadly accidents. In 2019, speeding caused 25 percent of all fatal collisions in Indiana. It may be tempting to push the speed limit if you’re in a hurry to get to the office or if you’re late for an appointment. But the faster you drive, the longer it will take to come to a complete stop if you need to slam on the brakes.

Speeding is especially unsafe in rough weather. If snow, rain, or sleet has made the road slick, or if fog reduces visibility, it is safer to reduce your speed. Over half of speed-related collisions are caused by driving too fast for weather conditions. Keep the road safe for yourself and others by sticking to the speed limit.

Reckless Driving

Sometimes you can see a reckless driver coming from a mile away as they swerve around traffic. Other times, you may just have the bad luck of driving beside someone who decides to enter your lane without checking their mirrors first.

Unsafe driving like tailgating, passing in the wrong lane, not using turn signals, failure to yield, ignoring stop signs, and speeding is dangerous and puts everyone on the road at risk. If someone’s recklessness caused your car accident, contact an Greenwood car accident attorney as soon as possible.

Driving Under the Influence

When you hear “impaired driving” your first thought is probably driving under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol slows your reflexes, blurs your vision, and hinders basic motor skills. When someone decides to drive drunk, nobody wins.

Impaired driving includes drug use, both illegal substances and prescription drugs. Drivers impaired by drugs are more likely to get into a fatal car accident. If the warning label on the side of your prescription warns against operating heavy machinery, taking it may hinder your ability to drive safely.

Drowsy Driving

Do not underestimate the danger of drowsy driving. Driving while fatigued is nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Exhausted drivers may have slowed reflexes or might not notice road debris or lane changes until it is too late.

Schedule your free consultation with an Greenwood car accident attorney today

If you were injured in a car accident in Greenwood, contact the personal injury attorneys at Hensley Legal Group today. An auto accident attorney can help file a claim, communicate with insurance, explain what compensation you could be eligible for, and prepare your case while you focus on healing after the accident.

At Hensley Legal Group, we treat our clients like we would like our family to be treated. No one should have to muddle through the legal process on their own, especially if they are recovering from a serious injury. As our client, you will receive honest and assertive representation.

Our law firm has successfully represented car accident victims in Greenwood and throughout the state of Indiana. Your consultation with us is always free. Fill out the online form or call our Greenwood office at (317) 204-8355 to schedule a consultation.

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