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Car accidents are among the leading causes of death and catastrophic injury in the United States every year with an average of 6 million accidents and 3 million deaths, and cost an average of $230.6 billion per year. Tragically, a driver’s negligence often destroys a victim’s way of life and often prevents victims from earning a living and supporting their family.

Fortunately, the law requires negligent drivers and their insurance companies to pay fair compensation to the innocent victims they harm. The legal team at Alex Mendoza Law is comprised of some of the most successful car accident attorneys in Chicago and throughout the State of Illinois and Indiana.

The Alex Mendoza Law car accident litigation team combines years of experience in complex automobile litigation with the use of modern technology to achieve the best possible results for every client using our Chicago personal injury attorney.

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Finding the Best Car Accidents Injury Attorney is Easier Than You Think


Yes, finding the best car accidents injury attorney can be done. Of course, it takes a little leg work on your part. But you want to be sure that you hire a competent, efficient and knowledgeable auto accident attorney.

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What is a Car Accident Attorney and When and How Might They Help You?

Simply put, a car accident attorney is one who is familiar with personal injury law as it pertains to automobile accidents.

This attorney has practiced law and handled auto accident cases for years. She is familiar with the different insurance companies that provide auto accident coverage in your state. In addition, she is familiar with the types of injuries people get in auto accidents.

An experienced car accident attorney knows how to investigate and auto accident. Moreover, she will make sure she gets all relevant police reports and statements of all witnesses. Additionally, she will also collect information on the damage to cars involved in the accident.

She will make sure you see a doctor for your injuries. If you need a specialist, she will make sure you see one. If the accident was caused by road design or some other hazard, she will arrange and have to examine the accident scene. Personal injury attorneys get paid on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay them upfront. They only get paid if they get a recovery for you.


Why Should I Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer for My Accident?


An experienced personal injury lawyer from a reputable law firm will be by your side during your car accident case. He will organize the evidence to present your case in a way most favorable to you. Also, he will prepare you to testify. Last, he will interview and prepare any witnesses to testify.

He will handle settlement negotiations for you from a position of strength.

If the case cannot be settled, he will prepare the case for trial.

Consequently, hiring a car accident attorney to represent you is the most important thing you can do to ensure you get fairly compensated. And you deserve to be compensated for your injuries, such as pain and suffering.

The Legal Process for Car Accidents

Typically, the legal process begins with your lawyer sending a letter to the other driver(s) involved in your accident. The letter advises that the lawyer represents you regarding the injuries sustained in the recent car accident.

The letter requests the other driver to forward a copy to his insurance carrier.

Notwithstanding the above, in certain circumstances, your lawyer might get the police report with the names and addresses of the other drivers and immediately file a suit. For instance, if you didn’t hire a lawyer immediately after the accident, and there was a statute of limitations issue, your lawyer might sue first to protect your interests.

Once your suit is filed, it goes on the civil docket for the court in which suit was filed. In some states, auto accident cases are handled different from other civil cases.

In some states, it can take one or two years for a case to get on a trial calendar. However, in other states, it will only take a few months. Of course, with the COVID-19 pandemic, courts were closed for much of 2020-21. Therefore, many courts across the country have a backlog of civil cases. While the case makes its way through the court docket, the parties take “discovery.” That means they exchange information. For instance, your attorney will provide the defendants with all your medical records relating to your injuries. Likewise, if your attorney hired us to reconstruct the accident scene, your attorney sends their reports to defense counsel. As another example, if you are making a lost wage claim, your attorney will send proof of that claim to the defense counsel.

You will likely be examined by a doctor on behalf of the insurance company. Defense counsel will send that doctor’s report to your attorney.

After discovery is complete, you will wait to get assigned a trial date. Meanwhile, in some states litigants have to go through mediation and/or arbitration to see if they can settle the case.Additionally, the judge assigned to the case may also conduct settlement conferences to try to resolve the case before trial.


Is Filing a Car Accident Claim Worth It?


Yes! In many cases.

If a car accident causes you minor injuries, you still need to see a doctor. For example, some injuries may not immediately show symptoms. In addition, other injuries may appear to be minor at first but then get more serious.

If you truly only have minor injuries, be thankful.


Can I File a Car Accident Claim by Myself or Do It Yourself?

You can file a claim with the insurance company yourself..

But do you really want to do that?.

Remember, you’ll be dealing with insurance adjusters who negotiate claims for injured people for their living.

Moreover, they also have the insurance company lawyers to back them up and give them legal advice. .

What if your car accident was caused by the mechanical failure of your car or that of another driver? Do you know how to investigate and prove that?.

As another example, what if a municipal bus or truck driver caused the accident? There are special rules you have to follow to sue a government agency or employee. Do you know what they are?.

What if you have a workers compensation claim? Do you know how to handle that by yourself?

For theses reasons, and many more, you need an experienced personal inury attorney to handle your case.


Lawsuits / at Fault / Liabilities


Car accidents that result in injuries can be complicated legal cases. Who caused the accident? If there were multiple drivers involved, which one caused the accident? Did any of the other drivers also partially cause of the accident?

The determination as to which driver caused the accident in a multi-car accident may require a thorough investigation. For instance, the damage to each car will have to be examined. We may have to be hired to reconstruct the accident scene.

In addition, investigators may have to interview the other drivers and passengers in the cars.

As another example, eyewitnesses will have to be located and interviewed. The attorneys representing the various drivers will have to collect all police reports regarding the accident.

For Example: Can I Lose My House Due to an at-fault Car Accident?

In theory, yes. If you don’t have car insurance for some reason, and you injured a person in a car accident, the injured person could sue you. If they win the suit, they will enter a judgment against you.

If you don’t have money to pay the judgment, they can attach any assets you have to satisfy the judgment.

That may include your house.

However, as said above, that is why you have car insurance. Therefore, if you’re going to drive a car, make sure you make your insurance payments on time.


Other Important Car Accident Questions and Advice


Here are some questions you should ask an attorney before you hire her to represent you in a car accident case:

Should I pursue this case?

How much will you charge?

Will you work on my case-or will a junior attorney handle it?

How long will the case take?

How can I make my case better?


Experienced and Knowledgeable Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyer

If you, a close friend or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in Indianapolis, IN, you need an experienced Indianapolis car accident attorney. We will investigate the accident, determine who caused the accident and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us at our Hammond office at (219) 200-2000 or online at for a free consultation.

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