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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.

The driver of this car with front end damage will need an Indianapolis car accident lawyer

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.

Your Unique Needs Guide Our Car Accident Attorney’s Legal Process

Before serving our car accident clients, we were defense attorneys. This experience allows us to use our knowledge about defense litigation to help our clients prove their cases.

Our police forces are brave and dedicated, but oftentimes they are also understaffed and underfunded. The accident investigation conducted by law enforcement is primarily concerned with determining criminality – not investigating liability. You need an investigative team on your side working to secure the evidence needed to prove your claim.

Knowing the truth and being able to prove the truth are two different things. An car accident attorney at McNeely Stephenson is committed to bringing together the most qualified experts available (irrespective of cost) to uncover what happened. Your experts will come from Indiana — and around the world if necessary – to help prove your case.

Our car accident attorneys in Indianapolis have years of experience litigating auto accident claims.

Call us at 317-825-5200 to set up a free consultation to find out if you have a case.



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.


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.

A man with an injured arm in a sling will need to discuss his case with an Indianapolis car accident attorney

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.

Infographic on types of car accidents provided by Indianapolis car accident lawyers at McNeely Stephenson

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.

Wrecked car whose driver should contact a car accident lawyer in Indianapolis

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

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.

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

Rainy roads likely contributed to this car wreck. The driver can get help from our Indianapolis car accident lawyers.

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 317-825-5110 to set up a free consultation.

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real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the 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. CASE SUMMARY

Serving 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.

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