When it comes to determining liability in motor vehicle wrecks, Indiana is a comparative negligent state. This means that as long as you are no more than 50 percent responsible for your crash, you may still be able to seek compensation for your medical expenses and other related damages.
Determining liability in comparative negligence cases can be incredibly complex, and requires the knowledge and skill of an experienced attorney. At Gardner & Rans P.C., our seasoned legal team is uniquely qualified to handle even the most complicated car and auto accident cases.
Comparative Negligence in Indiana
Indiana’s comparative negligence law is a modified version called the 51% rule. Under this law, anyone can share responsibility in an accident up to 50 percent and still be eligible for compensation. The amount of damages a partially at-fault driver can seek is directly correlated to their degree of responsibility for the crash. This means that if you were found to be 30 percent at fault in a claim that would have awarded you $100,000, your award would be reduced by 30 percent and you would only recover $70,000. Likewise, you would not be able to recover any damages at all if you were found to be 51 percent or more at fault.
When dealing with a personal injury, you should focus solely on healing, you shouldn’t spend your time worrying about the status of your case and dealing with insurance companies. Our firm has the experience and resources needed to fully investigate the details surrounding your traffic accident. We have more than 50 years of combined experience in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
Contact Our Indiana Accident Attorneys Today
If you’ve been hurt in a traffic accident, do not negotiate on your own. Our experienced attorneys understand the complexities of Indiana law and are prepared to protect your rights and fight for the maximum compensation you need to get back on track.
Call us today at (574) 233-6035 to discuss your case for free. We welcome clients from across Indiana, including South Bend, Elkhart, Granger, La Porte, Mishawaka and other nearby areas.