You're driving south of U.S. 421, and when you get to Route 6 in Westville, you're involved in a car accident because someone did not stop at the stop sign. The vast majority of folks in LaPorte County depend on their cars, trucks, and motorcycles to get around. Our public transportation system is weak, so we either use our vehicles, or we walk. Our dependence on driving makes the shock of an auto accident harder to deal with, and if we're injured, the shock is worse.
Accidents like this happen every day throughout the state of Indiana. If you have found yourself facing injuries as a result of the negligence of another driver on the road, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Fight back with the help of a dedicated personal injury attorney. Schedule a free initial consultation with me today to discuss your options in Michigan City, Indiana. I represent injured individuals throughout the surrounding areas, including La Porte, Chesterton, Valparaiso, and beyond.
While every auto accident is different, there are some common causes that tend to be at the root of most car, motorcycle, bicycle, and other wrecks that occur on the road.
Drunk or Drugged Drivers: We all know that driving under the influence is against the law. Impaired drivers pose a serious risk because impairment decreases the driver's better judgment and increases their reaction perception time. These drivers put others at risk every time they get into their vehicle while impaired. Every person who is intoxicated and causes an accident should be held accountable under the law.
Hit & Run Drivers: Individuals are required to stop after an accident, exchange information with the other driver, report the crash, and remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives and clears the scene. However, there are drivers who get into accidents and then take off. Most of the time, when this happens, there is a reason. Typically, these drivers do not have a valid license, are impaired, or do not have insurance. Regardless, fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime.
Distracted Drivers: Nowadays, most drivers are distracted. When you look down to do something on your phone, you are taking your eyes off of the roadway. That split second can be the difference between life and death. Distracted drivers should be held responsible for the auto accidents they cause.
Uninsured Drivers: The tougher the financial times, the more folks drive without insurance. Even though Indiana law requires all drivers to have a minimum of $25,000 in insurance if they hurt someone while driving, I can't tell you how many cases I've investigated where the driver allowed their insurance to lapse. Having your own uninsured motorist coverage is the best investment that you can have. Remember, insurance is there to protect you, and that is what uninsured motorist insurance does.
Multiple Vehicle Crashes: Many times, the more vehicles involved in an accident, the more drivers point fingers at the other drivers. Just imagine that you are vehicle one in a four-vehicle crash. The crash started because vehicle 4 crashed into the back of vehicle 3 who crashed into the back of vehicle 2 who hit you. Is vehicle 4 at fault for causing the accident? Is vehicle 2 partially at fault for following too closely? I'm sure you can see the issues.
Crossover Auto Accidents: Some folks cause these head-on accidents. I've seen a number of these accidents on Johnson Road and 400. A driver drifts over the center line and crashes into the car coming from the opposite direction. These accidents can cause life-changing injuries and identifying the cause of the accident is the key to getting just compensation.
Bad Road Conditions or Missing Road Signs: I remember as a kid a horrible accident that happened in my neighborhood because some high school took a stop sign from an intersection. Our local agencies are responsible for making sure the road is in good shape and traffic control devices are well maintained. When the government or a contractor fails to make sure that the roadways are safe, accidents can happen.
No matter the cause of your auto accident, you deserve the chance to take action. Together, we can pursue the compensation you need to cover your lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages. Schedule a free initial consultation with my firm today to get started on your case. I proudly represent injured individuals in Michigan City, La Porte, Chesterton, Valparaiso, and throughout the surrounding areas of Indiana.
Don’t let an auto accident derail your life. Whether you were injured in a crash involving a car, truck, motorcycle, boat, or another motor vehicle, reach out to Guy DiMartino Law in Michigan City, Indiana, today to set up a free consultation with me. I’ll listen to your story, understand your goals, and fight for the compensation you need to start moving forward.