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The case was set for trial. Stephenson and Rife hired an animation company to prepare a video exhibit to help the jury understand the complexity of the surgery C.M. had to endure. Our attorneys shared the exhibit with State Farm at mediation shortly before trial. State Farm paid $850,000 to settle the case.

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Indianapolis Vehicle Accidents & Injuries

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. But sometimes something goes wrong. Click here to read more about our clients and how our investigation team was able to discover critical evidence initially overlooked by law enforcement and even other attorneys.

When considering hiring an Indianapolis vehicle 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.

Indiana Car Accident Claims

Drunk Driving Crashes in Indiana

In Indiana alone, drunk drivers kill almost 1,000 Hoosiers each year. Indiana has a “zero tolerance” policy for drivers under the age of 21 – We Have Zero Tolerance for Drunk Drivers of any Age. Period. While many lawyers refer to these claims as “drunk driving accidents,” we know otherwise. Drunk driving crashes aren’t accidents – they are caused by someone’s dangerous decision to drive under the influence. Drunk Drivers Think Only About Themselves. We Put You First.

Drunk Driving Crashes

Motorcycle Accidents & Injuries

Traffic accidents happen every day, everywhere. They can be minor inconveniences or life-altering traumatic events. People often blame the motorcyclist or point to the inherent risk of riding a bike, but the fact is that most injured motorcyclists are hurt by the negligence of other drivers. The motorcyclist is the victim – not the person at whom to point fingers. Our thorough investigative process includes securing the right experts for your bike wreck case. Did a traffic signal malfunction? Did all safety equipment perform up to standards? What was the other driver actually doing at the time of the accident? Did the engineering of the highway contribute to the motorcycle accident?

Motorcycle Wrecks & Injuries

Truck Accidents / Trucking Negligence Claims

America’s roads are jammed with vehicles of varying sizes trying to keep people and products moving. Aggravating circumstances can increase the risk posed to the average driver by big rigs. We were defense attorneys … now we use what we learned to help our clients prove their cases. Truck accident cases can be complex legal claims that require thorough investigation and demand aggressive litigation to secure the best possible outcome for the plaintiff. Indianapolis vehicle accident lawyer Mike Stephenson has more than three decades of experience and substantial financial resources to commit to your case. We build a legal team specifically to handle your case.

Indiana Truck Accident Claims

Bicycle Injury Accidents in Indiana

Indiana has more than 3,021 miles of trails and bikeways and 301 miles of rails-trails open for public use. While this is a wonderful opportunity for pedalcyclists to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise, research statistics reveal that collisions between cars and bicycles happen most often around existing and proposed bicycle paths. The vast majority (96 percent) of collisions involving bicycles in Indianapolis occurred within one mile of bicycle paths. Bicycle accidents share many of the same causes as other accidents on the roads, including distracted drivers and drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Bicycle Injuries

Indiana Interstate Accidents

Indiana is known as “The Crossroads of America” . . . and for good reason. More major highways intersect in Indiana than in any other state. With a total 1,190 miles of interstates traversing it – most of them converging in Indianapolis – Indiana leads the country in interstates per square mile. ranks Indiana in the top three of the states with the safest highways, outranked by only Iowa and Minnesota. And yet, we have become accustomed to hearing news reports of accidents on Indiana interstates, some of them deadly.

Accidents on Indiana Interstates

Indiana Bus Accidents and Injuries

As with all motor vehicle accidents, a number of things can cause or contribute to a bus accident, such as equipment that is inadequately maintained. Driver inattention is frequently cited in bus accidents, just as it is in car accidents. A number of different parties may be held liable in a bus crash, from the bus driver to the company he or she works for to the manufacturer of faulty equipment. The Indiana law firm of McNeely Stephenson has been successfully litigating accident cases since 1982.

Indiana Bus Accident Cases

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

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Mike Stephenson is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney, the highest possible attorney peer rating. When you call Mike, you can have complete confidence — you are talking with an attorney who has more than 30 years’ experience offering compassionate and successful representation for his clients.

What is your next step? Contact Mike today using our contact form, or call 1-317-825-5200.

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March 22, 2018 / Truck Accidents
Truck Tire Blowouts: Danger on the Road

In late September 2017, a terrible truck accident occurred on I-70 in the Mt. Comfort Road area of Buck Creek Township, near mile marker 95.2. A tanker truck ran off the highway, hitting a bridge and spilling thousands of gallons of oil when it split in two. It took HAZMAT teams several hours to clean up the oil, and the interstate was shut down in both directions for more than three hours. The driver was taken to the hospital with critical injur...


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


The AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell is the HIGHEST RATING and considered a significant accomplishment. It is a peer-reviewed process reflecting that other attorneys rank Mike Stephenson at the highest possible level of professional excellence.


Attorney Mike Stephenson is a proud member of The Litigation Counsel of America’s Honorary Society. A close-knit, peer-selected, and aggressively diverse honorary society of 3,500 of the “best trial lawyers” in the country. Less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, vigorously vetted for skills, expertise, and service; an invitation-only collegial network.


The American Board of Trial Advocates is an invitation-only organization for attorneys of “high personal character and honorable reputation.” ABOTA works for the preservation of the civil jury trial, “Justice by the People,” and supports the right of a jury trial.


Our attorneys are proven advocates and trial attorneys. They have served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials, and have handled litigation in 18 states