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 Auto Accidents

Columbus Auto Accident Lawyers Seek Reimbursement for Victims

South central Indiana firm advocates for people hurt in vehicle crashes

An auto accident is not only jarring physically but can also trigger emotional and financial harm. The south central Indiana attorneys of Thomasson, Guthrie, Schuh-Ogle & Happel, P.C. represent people who have been hurt in collisions involving cars, trucks and other vehicles. From our office in Columbus, we work to obtain substantial compensation for injured parties in litigation and insurance claims.

Litigators handle collision claims involving motorcycles, trucks and bicycles

Our firm litigates on behalf of vehicle accident victims in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including matters arising from collisions involving:  

  • Trucks — Big rigs and other commercial vehicles pose a serious risk to others on the road, especially if they are not operated correctly. Due to the possible danger, special rules apply to trucks and their drivers. After an accident, we can help determine if a violation of those rules was to blame.
  • Motorcycles — Some motorists don’t understand the laws that protect motorcycle riders or just don’t pay sufficient attention to riders on the road. If you’ve been hit by a car or truck while on your bike, we’ll work tirelessly to hold the negligent driver accountable.
  • Bicycle riders and pedestrians struck by motor vehicles — Someone who is walking or on a bicycle faces potentially devastating harm when they’re hit by a motor vehicle. Drawing on our track record in these cases, our firm is dedicated to seeking justice for people who’ve been hurt by careless motorists.

Defendants, along with their insurance companies and lawyers, might try to persuade you to accept a quick settlement where you give up your right to pursue damages. A discussion with a qualified attorney can help you learn the true value of a potential claim.

Experienced advocates pursue payment for accident injuries

In cases stemming from vehicle accidents, we collect the necessary factual and medical evidence to demonstrate the true impact of broken bones, brain damage, back pain and other types of injuries associated with collisions. On top of seeking compensation for medical bills and lost income, we pursue reimbursement for related costs, such as occupational rehabilitation and home modifications that might be necessary.

Knowledgeable attorneys work to identify causes of traffic collisions

Throughout Indiana, approximately 50,000 people are injured or killed annually in vehicle collisions and more than 2,000 accidents were reported in Bartholomew County during 2018. Our firm’s experience handling all types of auto claims means that we know how to investigate the facts quickly whether the crash was triggered by a speeder, an impaired driver, a distracted motorist or some other factor. This includes hit-and-run cases and matters involving traumatic brain injuries and other serious physical harm that could prevent a victim from recalling what led to the collision.

Thorough advisers outline steps to take after a vehicle crash

After a vehicle accident, the first priority should always be the physical safety of you and everyone around you. If after you’ve contacted an emergency responder, no one needs urgent attention, you can start taking pictures of the scene and gathering information about the parties and witnesses. Indiana is an at-fault jurisdiction, so victims can take action against the motorist responsible for the crash. Each auto insurance policy issued in the state must offer coverage for injuries the insured suffers when they’ve been hurt by an uninsured or underinsured driver. This option can only be rejected with a written declaration. Whatever circumstances surround your situation, we are committed to obtaining a full financial recovery while minimizing the time and stress associated with the accident claim.

Contact an experienced Columbus auto accident lawyer for a free consultation 

Thomasson, Guthrie, Schuh-Ogle & Happel, P.C. provides comprehensive counsel for Indiana auto accident victims seeking compensation for their injuries. Please call 812-565-5041 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. Our office is located in Columbus.