Car accidents can be an extremely traumatic event for anyone who is involved in one. The impact of them can range from slight vehicle damage all the way to life-altering injuries and even death.
A common question asked by those who have been in an accident here in the Hoosier state is, “Should I Still Hire a Lawyer Even if My Accident Was Minor?
The answer to this question will vary on a case-by-case basis and largely be contingent on the injuries that have been sustained, but you should always, at the bare minimum, seek an attorney’s consultation after an accident takes place.
In Indiana, you do not need to call police unless someone has been injured or there has been greater than $1,000 in property damage. However, you must always pull over and provide the other driver with your insurance and relevant information, regardless of how minor the accident may be. If you drive away from the scene without contacting authorities or exchanging information with the other driver, you are at risk of running into legal hot water. In addition, without any documented details or a police report from your accident, it will be nearly impossible to take legal action against the other party for any damages or injuries that are realized after-the-fact.
For this reason, it is always advised to file a police report following a crash in Indiana.
Keep in mind, even if you feel fine after a car accident, you still may have suffered hidden injuries that could manifest days, weeks or even months down the road. These could include severe neck and back pain, strained muscles, contusions, stretched ligaments and other soft tissue injuries.
Immediately after an accident, adrenaline will kick in, which often masks the pain from potential injuries. However, debilitating pain, even from minor accidents, have the potential to inhibit your ability to go about your day-to-day activities in the future. As a result, obtaining compensation for these types of injuries may be necessary.
If you are ever involved in an accident, be sure contact a personal injury attorney at Hurst Limontes, LLC. We have decades of combined experience fighting for our clients in any number of personal injury claims. We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf.
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