$48.5 MILLION

Truck Accident Multimillion-Dollar Settlement.

"M.A.," a 30-year-old man, was driving to work in New Mexico. Suddenly a commercial truck veered across the center line and struck his vehicle head on. M.A. died at the scene. The McNeely Stephenson firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

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Indianapolis, Indiana – The “Crossroads of America”

As the nickname suggests, Indianapolis is a large and sprawling city. Surface streets crisscross hundreds of square miles of land inside the I-465 beltway. Outside the beltway, interstate highways point in all directions, bound for other major cities across the country. Living in a transportation hub like Indianapolis has its conveniences. But there are also risks involved in sharing the roadways with thousands of other drivers. When someone else is careless behind the wheel, you may be the one to suffer the consequences.

The attorneys at McNeely Stephenson make sure careless drivers are held financially responsible for the injuries they cause. Our office in Indianapolis helps people hurt in accidents involving passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, smart cars, and other personal and commercial vehicles. Collisions involving any of these types of vehicles can produce devastating injuries. Unfortunately, the more serious the injuries to the victim, the more eager the insurance company will be to dispose of the claim. That is where we step in. We keep fighting until you receive full and fair compensation.

Do I have a claim against the other driver?

The physical and emotional trauma of a serious car crash is overwhelming. Additional stress soon follows, as medical bills and other expenses accumulate. Understandably, when accident victims contact our firm, the first thing they want to know is whether they have a claim for damages against the driver of the other vehicle.

According to the Indiana State Police, there are more than 5,000 vehicle collisions per year (in which one or more people are injured) in the city of Indianapolis. While every accident is unique, over the course of 30 years of representing clients we have come to recognize three factors that must exist for a car accident claim to be successful:

  • INJURY – Regardless of how irresponsibly the other driver acted when causing the collision, if you were not hurt, you cannot bring a personal injury claim (you can still recover for property damage to your vehicle). McNeely Stephenson represents victims who have been seriously injured, so this factor is typically not an issue.
  • LIABILITY – The other driver must have been at fault. In fact, in the state of Indiana, unless you can show the other driver was 50 percent or more to blame for the accident, you cannot recover for your injuries. We have the resources and expertise to investigate car accidents in Indianapolis to prove that the other driver was at fault. Do not accept the conclusions of the other driver, the insurance company, or even the responding police officer when it comes to liability. If there is a question about who is to blame for your injuries, contact our office for advice.
  • COVERAGE – You may have suffered severe injuries in a collision in which the other driver was clearly to blame. But if there is insufficient insurance coverage, you are at risk of receiving less compensation than you deserve. Our attorneys know how to locate all available insurance policies (or other sources of funds, including the other driver’s personal assets) in order to satisfy your claim.

Our law firm helps vehicle accident victims in Indianapolis every day.

Serious collisions are common in our city. In part, this is because we have so many major cross streets, where speed limits and the corresponding risk of harm are high. According to the Federal Highway Administration, in urban areas of our state, vehicles traveling on primary thoroughfares account for roughly the same percentage of total traffic as do vehicles traveling on interstate highways. It comes as little surprise, then, that the Indiana State Police recently identified the intersection of two major cross streets – Raymond Street and Shelby Street (on the south side, near Garfield Park) – as the location of more collisions than anywhere else in the city. We have experience identifying the types of careless driving that often occur on our city streets. Hiring a local, experienced accident lawyer can make all the difference in your case.

You must act now to protect your right to compensation.

Indiana law imposes strict time limits for suing the party responsible for an automobile accident. This time limit is referred to as the “statute of limitations.” In Indiana, the statute of limitations is two years. If you do not file a lawsuit within that time period, you have forever lost your right to recover.

That is not to say that filing a lawsuit will be necessary in your case. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators. The majority of our clients will never need to step foot in a courtroom in order to obtain fair compensation. All the same, delay must be avoided. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can go to work getting you the money you deserve. Call our Indianapolis office at 1-317-825-5200 or use the convenient on-line inquiry form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with McNeely Stephenson about your Indianapolis car or truck accident.

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.

 

Updates
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November 12, 2018 / Distracted Driving, Motorcycle Accidents
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