Travel is essential to Merrillville and its economy and has been for more than 180 years:
- The Sauk Trail ran through Merrillville and connected Rock Island, Illinois, to Detroit, Michigan. It was part of a network of trails used by multiple tribes for centuries.
- Around 1835 in what is now Merrillville, a man named Jeremiah Wiggins established Wiggins Point, a popular stop for wagons headed to Illinois. At one point, 16 different trails radiated out from Wiggins Point.
- The Sauk Trail was transformed into a stagecoach route that connected much of the Midwest, from Michigan City, Indiana, to Detroit, Michigan, to Joliet and Fort Dearborn (now Chicago), Illinois. The same route was even used by people making their way west for the Gold Rush during the 1840s.
- The Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway in the United States, ran through Merrillville.
- Merrillville was even part of the Underground Railroad. Dr. Henry Palmer’s home, located near the old Sauk Trail (by then known as 73rd Avenue, as it is today), was a stop on the vast network of homes that helped slaves reach freedom.
With such an impressive history of travel, it’s almost surprising to learn that Merrillville didn’t become an official town until 1971. Although its population is roughly 35,000, it’s estimated that the population swells to more than 100,000 due to the shoppers and workers who come to do business in the vibrant town.
But because of this legacy of travel, Merrillville sees quite a lot of car accidents. At Hensley Legal Group, PC, our Indiana car accident attorneys can help.
With an office located in Merrillville, Indiana, we are ready to help you navigate the aftermath of your car wreck. Our attorneys have successfully handled numerous Merrillville car accident cases.
But how can a Merrillville car accident attorney help you? Here are a few ways.
Merrillville Car Accidents Are Unique
It’s easy to see that Merrillville has a history of travel that’s fairly unique from most Indiana towns. But did you know that a Merrillville car accident is also unique?
It’s because Merrillville is so close to Illinois and Michigan. Less than half an hour from Illinois and less than an hour from Michigan, it’s not uncommon for Michiganders or Illinoisans to visit Merrillville. It’s also fairly easy for the people of Merrillville to spend the day in a neighboring state.
How does this relate to car accidents? Well, Indiana is a fault state, which means that the percentage you are found to be at fault for the accident correlates to the percentage of the damages your insurance company will be responsible for. That means that, if the other driver is 100 percent at fault, you can expect 100 percent of your damages to be compensated by their insurance company. However, if you’re more than 51 percent at fault, you won’t be able to recover anything from the other driver’s insurance company. You’ll have to go through your own insurance for coverage.
Illinois operates this way as well, but Michigan is a no-fault state. That means that no matter who caused the accident, each driver can only seek compensation from their own insurance companies. It doesn’t matter if you were obeying every law and the other driver was texting while driving and speeding through a red light. The idea is that your insurance company has only agreed to pay for your damages, not anyone else’s.
Now you can see why Merrillville car accidents are so unique. What if you get into a car accident in Merrillville with a Michigan driver? What if you get into an accident in Michigan with an Illinois driver? Which rules apply?
What matters is where you are, not where you’re from. If the accident occurs in Merrillville, Indiana’s fault rules apply. If your accident occurs in Michigan, Michigan’s rules apply.
A Merrillville car accident attorney knows how fault works in Indiana. He or she can look at the details of your case and help you determine from which insurance company you should seek compensation.
We Give You Local Attention and Statewide Influence
At Hensley Legal Group, we value our clients. We want to treat them exactly the way we would want to be treated if we were in their shoes. That’s why we promise our clients we’ll fight for them with everything we’ve got and use our expert knowledge to represent them well in our 12-Part Client Services Guarantee.
We don’t want our clients to feel like just a case number. Although we’re based in Indianapolis, Hensley Legal Group has had an office in Merrillville for years. We bring statewide influence to smaller Indiana towns like Merrillville without losing sight of our clients’ needs. Our local presence ensures that we can provide close personal attention to our clients and confidential, competent service while our Indianapolis base enables us to stay close to the heart of the Indiana court system.
With offices in Merrillville, Indianapolis, and new locations coming soon, Hensley Legal Group truly has the power to protect the rights of injured victims across the Hoosier state. Our attorneys have the compassion and strength to make a difference in your case. They are part of various professional associations, including the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, America’s Top 100 Attorneys, the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, the American Association for Justice, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Indianapolis Bar Association.
There’s No Risk to You
At Hensley Legal Group, we work on contingency. That means that we don’t get paid unless you do.
It’s that simple. We don’t charge hourly for our services. Instead, we only receive payment if we secure a settlement or award for you at the end of your case. If we don’t, then you don’t owe us a dime.
If we do secure compensation for you, our contingency fee is 33.3 percent of that settlement. If we have to file a lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve—a decision no one will ever force you to make—our fee goes up to 40 percent to cover the costs of preparing for trial.
We can’t promise you that our fees will be low, but we can promise that they will be fair. And we can guarantee that if you don’t get paid, neither will we.
Injured in a Merrillville Car Accident? Get Help Now
After a Merrillville car accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn. You may need extensive medical care, and your car may need to be repaired or replaced entirely. The bills pile up quickly, and the insurance company wastes no time in trying to contact you and get you to accept less than what you deserve.
Call Hensley Legal Group today or contact us online for a free consultation. Be sure to download a copy of our free eBook, Consumer’s Guide for Injured Victims, for more information on what to do after a Merrillville car accident.