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Our Indianapolis car accident lawyers were once defense attorneys … now we use what we learned to help our clients prove their cases.

A financial recovery cannot always heal all wounds or restore life to be exactly the way it was before the car accident — but it can help you discover and enjoy a hopeful new normal. A financial recovery can ease the financial burdens caused by overwhelming medical bills, loss of income, and disability.

Understanding Your Needs Begins With Listening

We spend an average of 18 ½ hours in our cars each week – two months out of every year!

We rely on our vehicles and our roads to carry us between destinations, and when car accidents occur it is a return to ordinary life that accident victims long for.

Your life is a unique story filled with your family, dreams, and accomplishments.

You are probably facing unique challenges and struggles right now, too. Just as no life is the same as another, no accident is the same.

Hit by a Delivery Truck

D.W.’s Car Wreck Story

Consider the individual circumstances of our client D.W. He was sitting in the front seat in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF delivery truck. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Attorney Mike Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of our client’s unique injuries.
Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case. The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount.
Mike Stephenson is a car accident lawyer in Indianapolis who has litigated accident claims in 18 states and served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials. Call today to talk with Mike about his trial experience and how it can benefit your unique case.

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Car Accident Claims

How Much Money Can I Get from My Car Crash in Indiana?

The amount of damages varies from case to case. It depends on the facts of the case and the applicable law. The more severe the injuries, the greater the long-term disabilities, the higher the total bills for treatment and rehabilitation and the more work you’ve lost, the higher the value of the case. There are some things that could bring down the value of your case, such as evidence that you played a large role in causing the accident or that the defendant may have some valid defenses to the claim.

How Do I Know if I Have an Indiana Car Accident Claim?

If you want to find out if you have a claim, schedule a consultation with our office and talk to one of our car accident lawyers. Whether or not you have a claim depends on the facts of your situation and applicable law. They can be determined by interviewing you, analyzing the police report of the accident, talking to witnesses and reviewing your medical records. Given those facts and how the law may apply, we can give you our opinion as to whether you have a valid legal claim against the other party and what its value may be.

What You Should Do After a Car Accident

The vehicles should be moved out of the travel lane, if possible, to avoid another accident. You should exchange contact information, driver’s license numbers and insurance information. Take photos and videos of the damage, the road and anything you think may have contributed to the accident, such as road conditions. Police should be called to the scene unless the accident is minor and there are no injuries.

Getting Medical Treatment After Your Car Accident

If you are severely injured, move as little as possible and ask that an ambulance take you to the nearest hospital. If you’re injured but not sure how much (you’ll probably be in shock and not feel all the harm done to you), taking an ambulance from the scene would be a good idea. At the very least, see your physician as soon as possible after the accident. You may be injured in ways you’re unaware of.

What Types of Crashes Cause Which Types of Injuries?

Follow down the road in our infographic to learn details about when and how car collisions typically occur. From their experience, our Indianapolis car accident attorneys know there are several injuries typical to a crash, and we describe them in our infographic as well.

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When a Car Crash Changes an Ordinary Day in an Instant

It seems we are always on the move. Our daily commute, picking the kids up from basketball practice, then a quick stop at the grocery – and by the end of the day it can feel like we’ve not left our cars.

A Nurse On Her Way to Work: Bonnie’s Car Accident Story

It was an ordinary day for Bonnie, a registered nurse at a local Indiana hospital. As she drove to work, her mind was on her patients in the chemotherapy department where she worked. Bonnie saw the semi-truck move into the left-hand lane as the driver prepared to make a turn –

what she didn’t know was that another vehicle could not see around the tractor trailer and that pick-up truck crashed directly into her car. Bonnie’s minor injuries eventually needed surgery, and the complications mounted. She became restricted to a desk job and talking on the phone – unable to help her chemotherapy patients. Her injuries were difficult to quantify, but were very significant to her.Our car accident lawyer understood that Bonnie’s accident not only caused physical injury, but left her emotionally and spiritually struggling.

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Complications from an Accident Injury Impacted a Nurse’s Ability to Do Her Job

“B.D.” was driving to a local hospital where she worked as a registered nurse in the chemotherapy department. As B.D. was approaching a county road, a semi moved to the left-hand lane of the four-lane road and was making a left turn onto the county road. A pick-up driver could not see around the semi and drove directly into her path, giving her no time to apply her brakes or swerve. B.D. received what was initially felt to be a minor injury to her left foot that resulted in it being placed in a splint. She continued to experience complications with the injuries to her foot that ultimately resulted in surgery.

After Attorney Mike Stephenson’s involvement and communicating extensively with the treating doctors, it was established that the type of injury received by B.D. would prevent her from ever working at a job where she would be required to stand on her feet, as she had done for years. Our client’s injuries were tremendously increased by the fact that she was unable to help those who needed chemotherapy. She was restricted to a desk job and talking on phone. The injuries were difficult to quantify, but were very significant to B.D. The case was eventually settled after mediation for a confidential sum.

Causes of Indianapolis Car Accidents

Most vehicle accidents are caused by driver errors. A driver could be distracted, fatigued, asleep, intoxicated, not obeying the law or the rules of the road or simply not paying attention. Weather conditions or the fact that the roadway is poorly designed or maintained can also play a role.

Single-car Crashes in Indiana

Single-car crashes in Indiana can occur because the driver is distracted, fatigued, intoxicated or asleep. The driver may be traveling too fast for conditions when the road is wet or snow- or ice-covered. The driver may also lose control of the vehicle while trying to avoid another vehicle, pedestrian or animal that’s in the roadway. If a damaged or poorly maintained roadway caused a single-car wreck, contact a car accident lawyer at McNeely Stephenson. You may have a case related to neglectful road maintainance practices.

Auto Collisions Statistics

The Indiana State Police maintains vehicle accident statistics, and they report that statewide in July 2018 there were …

  • 17,120 accidents
  • 2,889 accidents involving injuries
  • 3,953 people injured
  • 72 fatalities
  • 1,210 accidents involving commercial trucks
  • 633 accidents in work zones

Common Injuries Caused by Indiana Auto Accidents

Injuries caused in Indiana car accidents can range from bruises to those that cause death. Injuries can vary. depending on a number of factors including:

  • Seat belt use
  • The speed of the vehicles
  • The weight of the vehicles
  • The angle in which the other vehicle or object is struck
  • The overall health and age of the person injured.

Injuries can include soft tissue injuries like strains and whiplash, damage to internal organs, broken bones, spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries. If the accident causes a fire. there can also be burn injuries.

Call our car accident attorney in Indianapolis at 317-825-5200 today and find out if you have a case.

We offer free consultations. You don’t pay unless we win.

Laws Related to Indiana Car Accidents

There are statutory laws passed by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor. There are also common laws which are created by court decisions over time. There are many laws covering the safe operation of vehicles and the consequences of accidents. Drivers are required to obey speed limits, avoid being intoxicated while driving, obey stop lights and stop signs and drive reasonably under the circumstances in a safe vehicle that doesn’t pose a threat to others. A negligent driver that causes an accident that harms another can be held financially (and maybe criminally) responsible for the injuries and harm caused.

It is important to get help from a car accident attorney who has the knowledge and experience to understand the complex legal issues related to accidents and the serious injuries they can cause. Talk to our attorneys today. Call us at 317-825-5200 to set up a free consultation.

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Talk to Our Car Accident Lawyers To Find Out If You Have A Case

Car accident cases can be complex legal claims that require thorough investigation and demand aggressive litigation to secure the best possible outcome for the plaintiff. Attorney Mike Stephenson has more than three decades of experience and substantial financial resources to commit to your case. We build a legal team specifically for you.

Call to learn more about our investigative and litigation strategies: 317-825-5200.

real-life cases

We have won numerous multi-million dollar cases for our clients.

See examples of how we helped clients whose lives were turned upside down by reckless or negligent acts of others. We took on negligent county officials when D.H. flew over his handlebars while riding on a bridge left in disrepair for years. We brought justice to the family of of J.M. and his wife after a defective tire ended their lives. We held a drunk driver and those who served him alcohol accountable when he seriously injured B.K., who also lost three family members in a crash.

Read more examples of how we get justice and compensation for our clients.


Serving Car Accident Victims in Indiana Since 1982.

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A financial recovery cannot always heal all wounds or restore life to be exactly the way it was before the car accident — but it can help you discover and enjoy a hopeful new normal. A financial recovery can ease the financial burdens caused by overwhelming medical bills, loss of income, and disability.

When considering hiring a car accident lawyer, you should look for an attorney who will give you competent and compassionate representation with a “client first” approach. That’s exactly what you’ll get with proven advocate Attorney Mike Stephenson. His entire legal team is committed to doing whatever is necessary to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Trusted Advisor. Proven Advocate. If you are online researching the legal rights and resources available in the aftermath of a car accident, consider reaching out to us. Call Indianapolis car accident lawyer Mike Stephenson to talk about your questions — 317-825-5200.

Personal Injury Lawyer
February 5, 2020 / Catastrophic Injuries
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Mike Stephenson is a Super Lawyer in Indiana along with many of his peers at McNeely Stephenson. This is one of the highest honors an attorney can achieve


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