$500 THOUSAND

Car Crash - Distracted Driver

“L.G.” retained Stephenson to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign and ran directly into her path. Our client received injuries to both her right and left foot and ankle resulting in numerous surgeries. Stephenson was able to negotiate a settlement in the amount of $500,000.

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Wrecks caused by drivers who are drunk or under the influence of drugs are one of the leading causes of death and injury on America’s roadways. Every year more than 10,000 fatalities occur in crashes where the driver’s blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.
In Indiana alone, drunk drivers kill almost 1,000 Hoosiers each year.

It is clear that when drivers decide to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, they put everyone on the road at risk. Drunk Driving accident victims are not nameless or faceless. They are our mothers, fathers, siblings and best friends. Take, for example, the case of our client, “B.K.”…

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 crash, 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 wreck.
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Indiana has a “zero tolerance” policy for drivers under the age of 21.

We Have Zero Tolerance for Drunk Drivers of any Age. Period. But drivers are not the only parties that can be held liable. Negligent restaurant / bar owners, an irresponsible party host, a remiss parole or probation officer, and even careless police officers who release a still-intoxicated driver from custody can all be held liable.

When drivers choose to ignore the consequences of drinking and hurt someone as a result, they must be held accountable. Other parties who enable the illegal behavior are also responsible for the consequences of acting without regard for the safety of others.

A thorough investigation is necessary to fully piece together what happened and identify all individuals who played a contributory role in the crash. While the police department will conduct its own investigation, be aware that law enforcement is primarily concerned with criminality – not liability. Drunk drivers often face both criminal and civil penalties, and you need an investigative team working to secure the best possible outcome for you.


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Helping Victims of Drunk Drivers in Indiana Since 1982.

In Indiana, driving under the influence (DUI) is more commonly known as operating while intoxicated (OWI). A person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with OWI if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than 0.08%. In fact, since 2002 it has been illegal in all 50 states to drive with a BAC that is 0.08% or higher.

If you are online researching the legal rights and resources available in the aftermath of a drunk driving crash, consider calling the attorneys at McNeely Stephenson to talk about what happened — 855-206-2555.

You can be assured that our lawyers, and our financial resources, are willing to go the distance on your behalf. We offer free consultations, and there is no fee for any of our work if we don’t win your case. Contact Us.

Contact McNeely Stephenson today by calling 855-206-2555 for a free legal consultation.

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

Let us put our resources to work for you.

The attorneys of McNeely Stephenson have been successfully litigating personal injury cases in Indiana since 1982. We know how to conduct a thorough investigation into an accident’s causes. Our many decades of representing Hoosiers injured in car crashes has helped us build a network of medical experts, economists and others who can assist in documenting a victim’s injuries and financial losses. Put our Indianapolis distracted driving accidents lawyer on your side.

Aggressive courtroom advocates and tenacious settlement negotiators, our Indiana vehicular accident lawyers will fight for your rights when you have been harmed in a distracted driving accident on Indiana highways. Contact Mike Stephenson at 1-855-206-2555 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation. McNeely Stephenson. Trusted Advisors. Proven Advocates.

 

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