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A settlement or collection… which is better?

Anyone who has been in a minor car collision in Indiana probably knows the drill. The crash happens. You and the others involved exchange essential data. Insurance company name and policy number, vehicle registration material, and personal contact information. However, sometimes conditions warrant police to the scene. In most cases, a settlement becomes a matter of negotiation with the insurance companies. After investigating, adjusters could conclude you share fault for the crash. This means the settlement offer could be less than what it will take to fully compensate you. Even for the total damage to your vehicle. If you were injured in the crash, you could be blamed for shared fault. It’s important to consult a skilled attorney to be sure that you understand your rights and how to exercise them. Having an Attorney Can Make a Difference In the event of a dispute over fault, a skilled attorney can advocate for you from beginning to end. In addition to being able to marshal resources for accident investigation and reconstruction, the attorney has a depth of experience in framing matters in the context of any possible medical care or long-term financial needs that you might face to obtain optimal results with insurers. After an appropriate settlement is agreed upon, if the insurer or other driver fails to deliver, civil action might be called for. Once again, having an attorney at your side will be crucial. You will want to be sure that you bring your case within the two-year statute of limitations set by state law in most cases. If the at-fault party is the state or local government, the window for action is restricted to just 270 or 180 days, respectively. Should it happen that you win your case and obtain a court order for compensation, you still must collect. And if the defendant still refuses to pay, a further legal action might be required. This could include garnishing wages or funds in bank accounts. And again, an attorney can help.

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An Evansville Fatal Accident Attorney Can Get You the Compensation You Deserve

If a family member has been killed in an accident and they were not at fault, you and your family deserve compensation to help you continue living your life. While seeking damages with the help of an Evansville fatal accident attorney from Gerling Law may not be the first thing you think of, there are real reasons why you should seek compensation. Your family deserves to live financially as they would have before your loved one passed away. They also need the help that a qualified attorney can provide to you, and you deserve to start to rebuild your life and future. Learning from Your Meeting with an Evansville Fatal Accident Attorney One of our Evansville fatal accident attorneys will provide you with information about the process of seeking compensation. They will want to go over the details and will ask you to provide the information that you can about the situation. The attorney may need you to sign a document authorizing the release of records from your medical team, the insurance company, and others involved. This will relieve you of having to have direct contact with some of the other individuals involved. Our attorney will not be able to guarantee the outcome, but he or she will be able to give you some idea of what to expect throughout the process. Take the First Step to Getting Help with an Evansville Fatal Accident Attorney The first thing to do if you are seeking help is to contact an Evansville fatal accident attorney from our Indiana law firm for a consultation. This will help you to learn more about the help that they can provide and allow you to ask questions that you might have. The meeting will give the attorney an understanding of what has happened and where to start. Be sure that you give them all the information that you can so that he or she can give you realistic feedback on the case. Call Gerling Law at 888-437-5464 today to schedule a consultation and to get started toward getting what you deserve.

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Need an Auto Accident Attorney?

Unfortunately, auto accidents happen every single day. And while you may think you can handle the situation on your own, you could benefit from contacting an auto accident attorney. At Gerling Law, we have years of experience helping individuals who are just like you: those who have been injured in a car crash. If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, let the professionals assist you. After all, you’ve been through enough, and your sole focus now should be set on healing. About Auto Accidents According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 2.35 million individuals are injured or disabled each year throughout the United States due to auto accidents. There are several types of auto accidents, such as the following: rear-end collisions, side-impact collisions, sideswipes, head-on collisions, vehicle rollovers, and more. Further, these accidents can lead to a myriad of injuries. Of course, the nature of the accident will determine the severity of the injury. Common injuries sustained in auto accidents include head and back injuries, neck and chest injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, whiplash, spinal cord injuries, and more. After an Auto Accident Following an auto accident, the most important thing to do is verify your safety, as well as the safety of all other passengers. If your vehicle is in the middle of the road and in potential danger of getting hit again, move it off to the side. Then, call the police, as getting a professional report is imperative. Exchange information with the driver of the other car, never admit fault for the accident, and if you can, take pictures of both vehicles and the surrounding area. Next, get checked out by a doctor, even if you don’t have any symptoms or ailments. It is possible to have internal injuries or even a concussion, but not be aware of it. Finally, contact an auto accident attorney to help you with the process moving forward. Better yet, if you are in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro, then contact Gerling Law today.

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Meeting with an Evansville Car Accident Attorney

Being in a car accident and suffering injuries is a stressful and overwhelming experience. For some, adding to that stress by meeting with an Evansville car accident attorney can be an intimidating thought. When you meet with one of our attorneys, it is best to be prepared. This will relieve you of some of the stress that you might be feeling. Remember that your first meeting is much like an interview and that this is the time to ask questions of the attorney. It is also a good chance for one of our legal professionals to learn more about you and your situation so that they can provide you with realistic and honest feedback about the case. Preparing for the Meeting with an Evansville Car Accident Attorney Before you meet with an Evansville car accident attorney that you may hire to represent you, take a moment to prepare yourself. Sit down and make a list of any questions that you might have for the attorney such as how long have they been practicing, how much of their practice involved car accidents, and what their success rate is. Provide the attorney with any documentation that you have relating to the accident including accident reports, police reports, letters from your insurance company, information from your employer, and any medical documentation you might have on hand. You will likely want to know what they see as an outcome of your case. Remember that they can only speculate based on the facts and their knowledge as to how your case will go. They can provide you with information about the process ahead and what you can expect. Get Started with an Evansville Car Accident Attorney Today The best thing you can do is to hire a competent and experienced Evansville car accident attorney from Gerling Law. Don’t wait until time has gone by before you get started. The attorney will be able to relieve some of the stress and get you started on protecting your rights in any upcoming process. Call Gerling Law at 888-437-5464 today and discuss the case at hand. They are ready to help you get what you deserve and the help of a professional.

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Why Hire an Evansville Back and Neck Injuries Lawyer?

A back or neck injury can be debilitating and can occur from many sources including slipping and falling, a sports accident, or an auto accident. Whatever the reason for your pain; an Evansville back and neck injuries lawyer from Gerling Law can provide you with the help you need to get the compensation you deserve. You can get the answers that you need. The legal professional will fully understand the laws that surround a case where you have been injured through no fault of your own and understands your need for assistance throughout the process. Learn How an Evansville Back and Neck Injuries Lawyer Can Help When you hire an Evansville back and neck injuries lawyer in Indiana, you will be hiring the backup that you need so that you can work on recovery in peace. One of our lawyers will handle incoming questions from outsiders related to the incident causing your injuries. This means that the other lawyers, insurance companies, and perhaps employers will go through your lawyer to get information about the situation. This allows you to work on recovery instead of dealing with the logistics of the situation. Our lawyer will provide you with information regarding the case at hand and give you feedback on what they believe the outcome will be. We will be able to plan the next steps of the case and help you focus on healing. Get the Help You Need from an Evansville Back and Neck Injuries Lawyer It is important that you provide our Evansville back and neck injuries lawyer with as much information about how you became injured as possible. This will give them a clear idea of the situation and allow them to better provide you with advice. Our expert lawyer will need to get information from your doctors regarding your prognosis, and he or she will need to get some idea of what you have lost in wages. The sooner you get in touch with an Evansville back and neck injuries lawyer the faster they can become prepared for the events ahead. Call Gerling Law at 888-437-5464 to learn more about how you can get the compensation that you deserve.

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The Devastation of a Trucking Accident

Data suggests that approximately 5,000 people in passenger vehicles die every year in accidents that involve semi-trucks. Whether or not a big rig is loaded, these massive vehicles are capable of causing serious and debilitating damages to people, vehicles, and property. Injuries from accidents involving trucks often result in the need for compensation for physical, emotional, and/or financial losses. In order to collect for injuries suffered in a truck accident, it is important to identify all defendants. This may not be limited to the driver. In many cases, the trucking companies, contractors, employers, and insurance companies may be obligated to compensate you for your injuries.Reasons that others may be named in legal action include: Inadequate training for the driver Mechanical issues Improper loading of cargo Non-compliance of “Hours of Service” meaning operating the truck longer than is allowed by law Unrealistic schedules and expectations of trucking companies that encourage drivers to hurry, despite safety risks involved Should You Settle or Go to Court? Often, a trucking accident lawsuit can be settled in advance of a court date via methods such as arbitration, mediation, or negotiation. Having a truck accident attorney as part of a settlement will help you obtain the maximum reward you deserve and help you decide if a settlement is your best option. Settlements have several benefits: They save time They are cheaper and save both parties a significant amount of money Settlements are less adversarial and confrontational The disadvantages of settling without going to court include: You usually give up the right to pursue any further legal claims There is a risk that the settlement amount may be much less than what you would get if successful in court The injured party must usually agree not to publicly hold the defendants liable for their harmful actions Legal Guidance What is best for your case? Contact one of the professional attorneys of Gerling Law and meet with them at our locations in Evansville and Indianapolis, IN, or Louisville and Owensboro, KY. We have experience in truck accident cases and are dedicated to getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will help you determine if your case is best settled out of court or if it would be better to go to trial. Call us now for a free consultation at 812-266-9051.

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Few Details in Indianapolis Accident That Kills Bicyclist

A 23-year-old bicyclist was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Indianapolis, Indiana recently after a car struck the bike while it attempted a left turn. The accident happened just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and the police are investigating the accident. The driver of the motor vehicle stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, even submitting to a blood draw. The bicyclist was in his bike lane and then attempted to make a left before the car hit him – but little else is known about the circumstances of the wreck. We will have to wait for the police report before we know more about this incident, but it does look like it was a “true” accident. It is important to remember with all motor vehicle accidents that the police report carries significant weight – and that it can be changed after the fact if new information comes to light. But the report will take some time to complete, and for victims that are awaiting critical information to support their personal injury lawsuit, patience is crucial. The other lesson from this story is that bicyclists are at risk out on the road, and the drivers of other vehicles are often combative and unwilling to share the road with them. This can lead to avoidable and negligent accidents that cause significant harm to the bicyclist, or even death. Victims in these accidents should seek legal counsel so that they are aware of all of their options in the wake of a bike accident. Source: FOX 59, “Coroner’s office identifies bicyclist killed after crash on city’s northwest side,” Oct. 3, 2017

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Taking Proper Steps after a Car Crash

In the moments that follow a car accident, and you have a few choices. You can flee the scene of an accident, which is the worst possible decision you could make. Fleeing the scene turns your accident into a criminal act. You could get angry and upset with the other people involved in the accident, which then turns an already tense and upsetting moment into an angry, emotional roller coaster. You could remain calm and approach the post-accident process in a proper manner, giving you the best chance to put this whole incident behind you while also increasing your chances of success in the aftermath of the crash.There’s obviously a “best” option here, and it’s the last one: being calm and taking simple, necessary steps in the wake of an accident. After a crash, you should take a deep breath and prepare yourself to deal with the other people in the wreck. Check on them to make sure they are okay, and if they are, then you should talk with them and exchange information, If they aren’t okay, then call 911 and do whatever you can to help. Once this is completed and if you are feeling well enough yourself, you should get your cellphone and take pictures of the accident scene. Your pictures could help the police complete their investigation into the crash, and they can be used to support any claims you make to your insurance company. You should also talk to any witnesses to the crime, for their testimony could help you for the same reason as the pictures.

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Go With Experience

If you are searching for legal counsel in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, Owensboro, or surrounding communities, contact Gerling Law. Our lawyers have one purpose: to make your life better through assertive advocacy, legal experience, and a commitment to results. For over five decades, our firm has helped individuals get their lives back after an accident or when they can no longer work due to an injury or illness. We are dedicated to getting the compensation you deserve and have a solid reputation as a large settlement attorney law firm. “I am proud that Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm. We have represented thousands of people over the past 50 year and obtained recoveries totaling more than $300 million,” stated Owner Gayle Gerling Pettinga. Professional Results Just some of the recoveries made by Gerling Law include: $7.5 Million Settlement; Brain Injury to Child; Auto and Tractor-Trailer Collision $3.01 Million Judgment; Permanent Brain Injury; Motorcycle – Tractor-Trailer Collision $2.5 Million Settlement; Wrongful Death; Auto and Tractor-Trailer Collision $2.1 Million Settlement; Traumatic Brain Injury; Motorcycle and Tractor-Trailer Collision $350,000 Settlement; Burn Injuries; Propane Tank Explosion $225,000 Settlement; Shoulder Injury; Pedestrian Struck by Auto Of course, these results are provided for informational purposes only and are not to be considered as a promise or guarantee as to the outcome of your specific case. Each case contains different facts and circumstances. The facts and circumstances of other cases will likely differ from the facts of the cases listed. Contingency At Gerling Law, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t have to pay us anything upfront or directly. We get paid only at the end of your case and when your case ends successfully. If your case is not successful, and you do not receive any kind of financial recovery, we will not charge you for the services we provided on your behalf. You’ll owe absolutely nothing. A Final Word Gerling Law has successfully represented clients from every walk of life and with every sort of legal challenge. We are confident that we can assist you with your legal needs. Clients are always treated fairly and with courtesy and respect. Every case receives the highest-quality representation matched by unparalleled integrity to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the Gerling Firm today at 888-437-5464 for a no-obligation initial consultation.

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Auto Accidents and Distracted Driving

Most auto accidents are caused by another driver’s negligence. This includes anything from driving too fast or too slow, being distracted, ignoring signals and signs, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Phenomenon of Distraction You see it all the time: drivers in their cars using their Smartphones and taking their eyes off the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” It puts that driver, the passengers, and everyone else sharing the road, at serious risk. Cell phone use requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. It is by far the most alarming distraction on the highways today. In fact, texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by two times over non-distracted driving. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. When a driver is distracted, they are more likely to engage in the following dangerous behaviors: Striking an object or vehicle Inability to safely maintain lane control Driving into opposing or crossing traffic Slow response to traffic signals Turning abruptly or illegally Failure to maintain consistent speed Failure to signal Intermittently looking down Whether an auto accident was caused by the other driver being distracted or some other reason, it is important to begin investigating all possible contributing causes of the accident right away in order to acquire evidence and determine fault for injuries. These cases can be complicated, so it is essential to contact an experienced Auto Accident Lawyer as soon as possible. At Gerling Law, we service the entire Tri-State area including the communities of Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro. We have the experience and resources to handle the details of your case while you devote your time and energy to your recovery. For over five decades, our firm has helped individuals get their lives back after an accident.Contact us now to learn more at 888-437-5464, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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