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What to Do If You’re Hit by an Uninsured Driver in Indiana
June 9, 2024 / Car Accidents

What to Do If You’re Hit by an Uninsured Driver in Indiana

Under any circumstances, a car accident is stressful at best, and at its worst it could be utterly devastating. When the other party involved has no auto insurance, the stress and devastation mount. Victims need compensation for their losses and parties at fault must be held accountable for paying that compensation; they usually do so through their insurance policies. If you or someone you love is hurt or experiences property damage in a car accident with an uninsured driver, all hope for compensation is not lost. An Indiana car accident lawyer from Stephenson Rife PLLC will review your case for free and present you with options for securing the compensation you justly deserve. Indiana Auto Insurance by the Numbers Indiana requires[...]


What Happens If Your Uber Is in An Accident?
June 9, 2024 / Car Accidents

What Happens If Your Uber Is in An Accident?

When you take an Uber, you may avoid driving through unfamiliar areas or may not be sober, making Uber a great option for staying safe. Unfortunately, Uber drivers are fallible, and you may have been injured in an Uber accident. Now, you need compensation, but you may be unsure what happens next or where to begin. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get compensated fairly for your injuries. Insurance and legal options can help protect you when a serious accident happens so you have the chance to recover from your suffering. If you are unsure what happens next after an Uber accident, do not hesitate to reach out to our team at Stephenson Rife for the help you need. Liability for Your Injuries Can Be Tricky As you handle any[...]


Do Most Truck Accident Cases Go to Trial?
June 9, 2024 / Truck Accidents

Do Most Truck Accident Cases Go to Trial?

Truck accident victims suffer physical, emotional, and financial injuries and need substantial compensation to recover their losses, reach maximum recovery, and stabilize their financial future. While many victims secure compensation through an out-of-court settlement, a smaller percentage may need to fight for that compensation at trial. If you or someone you love is the victim of a truck accident, an Indiana truck accident lawyer at Stephenson Rife LLP has got you covered. We are fierce negotiators and skilled trial attorneys prepared to fight for your rights at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. How Truck Accident Cases Work Like any personal injury case, victims of truck accidents can only see a favorable outcome to their [...]


Who is Entitled to Wrongful Death Benefits?
June 8, 2024 / Wrongful Death

Who is Entitled to Wrongful Death Benefits?

Victims of wrongful death are those who die because of another party’s reckless or intentional actions or negligence. While offenders may face criminal charges for that wrongful death, the victim’s surviving family can also file a civil case, demanding that the offender pay wrongful death benefits – financial compensation – for their loved one’s death. When someone you love is the victim of a wrongful death, reach out to Stephenson Rife LLC to connect with a caring, experienced Indiana wrongful death lawyer. Our team will work to hold the responsible party accountable for compensating you and your family members for the loss of your loved one and the consequences of that untimely death. Wrongful Death Benefits Explained W[...]


Is There a Statute of Limitations on a Wrongful Death Suit?
February 20, 2024 / Wrongful Death

Is There a Statute of Limitations on a Wrongful Death Suit?

Losing a loved one due to someone else's negligence is a devastating experience. Families often seek legal recourse by filing a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the responsible parties accountable. In such cases, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek justice and compensation for your loss. However, it's crucial to understand the legal framework surrounding wrongful death claims, including the statute of limitations, to ensure your rights are protected. If you need legal help with your wrongful death suit, the experienced lawyers at Stephenson Rife can help. Contact us today at (317) 680-2501. Understanding Wrongful Death Claims A wrongful death claim is when the negligence, recklessness, or intentional miscondu[...]


How Much Can I Get for a Car Accident Settlement?
December 22, 2023 / Vehicle Accidents

How Much Can I Get for a Car Accident Settlement?

Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, and it often comes with physical, emotional, and financial consequences. If you've been injured in a car accident in Indianapolis, you may be wondering how much compensation you can receive through a settlement. The value of a settlement is influenced by various factors, primarily revolving around the facts of the case, applicable laws, and the quality of the evidence supporting your assertions. In most car accident cases, the plaintiff initiates the lawsuit and takes legal action against the defendant, the party alleged to have caused the accident. The defendant's insurance company is typically responsible for covering legal defense costs, settlements, or verdicts up to the[...]


Bicycle Deaths: It’s No Longer Mostly Children
December 22, 2023 / Wrongful Death

Bicycle Deaths: It’s No Longer Mostly Children

Bicycles, once synonymous with carefree childhood adventures, have become integral to adult life. Bicycle accidents were often seen as unfortunate yet commonplace misadventures, usually involving scraped knees and tales of daring escapades. As the wheels of time turn, so too does the narrative surrounding bicycle-related fatalities. What was once predominantly a concern for children learning to navigate their bikes close to home now impacts adults at an alarming rate. In recent years, there has been a notable shift in the demographics of bicycle-related fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2021, there were 966 cyclist fatalities, and the average age of the cyclist killed was 49. The National Lib[...]


When to Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident
February 14, 2023 / Car Accidents

When to Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident

When to Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, chaos often ensues. You may be laid up in the hospital, attending physical therapy appointments, and missing days at work. Your family’s routine is turned upside down. Any thoughts about when to hire a lawyer after a car accident are likely low on your list. But it’s an important question to ask yourself: Do I need a lawyer for a car accident in Indiana? The answer is often, yes. There are several benefits to hiring a lawyer, including: Injury victims represented by lawyers typically receive larger payouts than do victims representing themselves. Victims who interact directly with insurance companies are at a disadvantage [...]


Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for a Motorcycle Accident?
February 10, 2023 / Personal Injury

Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for a Motorcycle Accident?

A Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help Win Compensation Motorcycles offer little protection to their riders, so it is no wonder that motorcycle crashes can have catastrophic results. Survivors may wind up with severe injuries, dealing with hospitalizations, surgeries, tremendous pain and suffering, and medical bills piling up at a time they are unable to work. It’s not uncommon for some injuries to result in death. If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim that can bring compensation for your losses and provide the money you need to meet your expenses and pay for care. However, this is not something you should fight for on your own. Indian[...]


Can I sue if someone hits me with their car?
January 5, 2023 / Car Accidents

Can I sue if someone hits me with their car?

If you were hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk or enjoying a leisurely stroll, it can be both frightening and result in severe injury and impairment. You could be laid up in the hospital for weeks and experience several days or weeks off work. If you’re wondering “can I sue if someone hits me with their car?”, the answer is often “yes.” Pedestrian accidents spiked by 12% nationwide in the first nine months of 2021 as drivers -- stressed and fatigued by the pandemic -- became more careless, distracted and anxiety-ridden. In 2020, there were 6,516 pedestrian traffic deaths in the U.S., and pedestrian fatalities as a percent of all traffic fatalities totaled 16.8%, according to the National Safety Counsel. The largest [...]


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