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Auto Accident Attorney

At Stracci Law Group, we know you have many options for a personal injury attorney in Crown Point, Merrillville, Hammond, Lake and Porter Counties, and throughout the State of Indiana.  We believe in providing the highest quality legal representation, with a client-first focus, reliable and aggressive advocacy, and decades of experience. Our team of professionals offer attentive, individualized service for your unique circumstances and will work with you and for you to obtain the best possible result when you’ve been involved in a car accident as the result of the negligence of another driver.

Auto Accident Types

Every automobile accident is unique, but there are a few types of accidents we see come into Stracci Law Group more often.  There are certain techniques used by our office to deal with each of these scenarios, and we custom tailor our work to make sure you receive the best possible representation and results.

Rear End Collisions

Perhaps the most common sort of automobile accident, and, fortunately, the one least likely to cause very serious injuries.  Often other drivers will be distracted on the road by using a cell phone, fiddling with the radio, or otherwise preoccupied with something other than the safe operation of their vehicle.  Other times, a negligent driver may simply be following too closely, causing a collision when you stop at a stop light or slow down for traffic.  

Sideswipe Collisions

As with rear end collisions, a driver may be distracted when they enter your lane of traffic, and the cars end up brushing against one another, causing damage and loss of control of your vehicle, which can result in spin outs or forcing you into a ditch or lane divider.  These types of accidents are more often on the highways or interstates of Northwest Indiana, and often at very high speed, so injuries can be very serious.  

“T-Bone” Collisions

Often occurring at stoplights, where, in an attempt to “beat” a red light, a driver may enter the intersection, causing a front-to-side collision where the vehicles are perpendicular to one another (hence the “T” shape of the two cars).  These collisions can be very serious, as most vehicles are less reinforced on the sides, with mere inches of plastic between you and another vehicle striking your door.  

Head-on Collisions

This is the most terrifying and frequently injurious type of automobile accident, in spite of the many technological advances we’ve enjoyed, such as airbags, collapsing front fenders, and seatbelts.  The speeds of each of the vehicles involved in a head-on collision are effectively doubled, causing massive damage to cars, and their drivers and passengers.  

Common Auto Accident Injuries

There is nothing at all “common” about auto accidents (except, perhaps, for how frighteningly often they occur), nor the injuries which result from them.  However, there are some injuries we see more frequently when someone is involved in an automobile collision.  

  • Concussions
  • Sprained joints
  • Bone breaks
  • Cuts (also called “lacerations”)
  • Bruising (also called “contusions”)
  • Back, neck, or spine injuries, including displaced discs, cracked vertebrae, or whiplash
  • Muscle pain or strains
  • Organ or torso damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Skull crack
  • Psychological injuries, like depression, anxiety, or fear of driving
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Death or catastrophic, systemic injury

How Our Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help after an Auto Accident in Indiana

The professionals at Stracci Law Group are here to help if you are involved in an automobile accident.  We can provide you instruction on what you need to do to first insure that you get the medical care that you must have to return your life to normal.  We’ll assemble your medical records and bills, and negotiate with the insurance companies who will take any opportunity they can to give you less than you deserve when you’ve been injured by the negligence of another driver.  And at Stracci Law Group, our seasoned attorneys are not afraid to go toe-to-toe at trial...we’ve selected talented trial attorneys from the Northwest Indiana area and beyond who have amassed nearly eighty years of combined legal experience.  

Why Choose Auto Accident Injury Lawyers from Stracci Law Group

As mentioned, you have many options when it comes to your representation for your personal injury matter, but we believe one consultation with our attorneys will insure you select Stracci Law Group for your auto accident matter.  

  • We provide service above and beyond what you might expect from a busy law firm.  We have a member of YOUR injury team available to speak with you within 24 hours when you call the office, and that’s only on the rare occasion when he or she isn’t available immediately.
  • You are important to us.  We pride ourselves on our ability to explain complicated legal issues in simple, plain language that you can understand and help you feel confident about your choices.
  • We work WITH our clients, as well as FOR them.  When you bring your case to our office, we will collaborate on your case so that you are heard, and your concerns addressed.
  • We are honest about outcomes.  Many law firms will promise you the moon, and then have to apologize when reality sets in.  Our attorneys have collectively been in practice for decades and know what to expect from a case.  We’ll talk about the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and if we do not believe we can meet your expectations, we’ll tell you so.  We want you to feel secure knowing we are always acting in your best interests, and we’ll take the time to explain our reasoning, rather than giving you less than what you believe you deserve and having to “walk back” our promises.  
  • Bottom line: we care about people.  Our attorneys work hard, but they are people too, and understand what it is like to be scared and intimidated by a difficult or arcane process like the legal system.  Automobile accidents and the process of seeking compensation can rob you of your feeling of safety and protection.  We will get that back for you.


“Stracci handled my personal injury case and exceeded all expectations. My family and I are thrilled with the recovery. I would never go anywhere else. His staff went above and beyond. Thank you very much for everything.”
Niko P., Injury Case
“Paul Stracci and his entire legal team are not only aggressive and insanely knowledgeable, but they also make you feel at ease during what is already a stressful situation. They know what they are doing, they are honest, and you can trust you’ll get the best possible outcome. They have a phenomenal criminal court and personal injury practice. Only the best works at this firm and I highly recommend them to anyone who needs great representation. You won't be disappointed.”
Jen, Injury Case
“Attorney Stracci and the team treated me and my case like I was their only client. Very professional and stayed in constant communication until receiving the disposition we aimed for!  I would highly recommend Stracci Criminal Defense to all for any legal concerns or issues.”
Paul M., Criminal Case
“With being suspended from my job for allegedly costing them money through a workman compensation injury. Not only was Mr. Stracci very detailed and kept in touch constantly he prove that I was completely innocent and got the bogus case completely dismissed quickly. He personally contacted me throughout the entire case, not like other lawyers that you don't speak to at all besides in the courtroom. I will recommend him to anyone and everyone.”
Amanda, Injury Case
“I hired Paul Stracci to represent me in a felony firearms case. He and his team were able to reach a very favorable outcome within 3 months. They are competent and professional in every way. You will not regret seeking his counsel.”
Aaron, Criminal Case
“Hired Paul the day after I got out of Lake County for a DUI. I explained my situation and told him about priors. He was still confident even after I explained that this was a 3rd. I hired him and about a month later the charge was dropped! Wish I had a Paul Stracci to hire in my younger years.”
Michael, Criminal Case
“Joshua Malher is a fantastic attorney. We reached out to him for a case, and he responded immediately, and we began the process. He explained the situation with clarity, and the results were outstanding. I highly recommend Joshua to anyone who may need a criminal or personal injury attorney.”
Sonia Mendez, Injury Case
“Paul Stracci is the best lawyer I’ve ever had in my life. Throughout the times I’ve been misfortunate enough to have legal troubles or needed legal advice Stracci Law Group has always had my best interest at heart and it has always worked out in my favor. I’d personally recommend Stracci Law Group to anyone who may need legal counsel for whatever reason.”
Anthony Davis, Personal Case
“I couldn't be more satisfied with the services Paul provided and the results he was able to achieve for me in my criminal case.”
Cory, Criminal Case
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What to do after a car accident and when to get an attorney?

After a car accident, you should exchange names and insurance company information with the other driver.  Do not make any admission of fault or offer any apologies, no matter how minor you might believe the accident to be.  When the police arrive, keep your description of what happened as simple as possible and, again, make no admission of fault.  If you are offered transportation to the hospital, you should go.  Auto accident injuries can be difficult to self-diagnose and you can have injuries that are being “hidden” by the shock and adrenaline that arise out of a collision, like soft tissue injuries or concussions.  It is important to remember that auto injury cases are, at the end of the day, personal injury, which requires that there is evidence that you have actually been injured.  Medical bills are one of the measures of your injury, so when you’re involved in an accident, if you have no medical bills, it often means you have no actionable personal injury case.

How much can someone sue for a car accident?

This is a frequent question, and the answer requires a bit of explanation: you can sue someone for any amount of money you want if they have been negligent and caused an automobile accident.  However, how much you demand and how much you are entitled to are often very different numbers.  There are considerations like the limits on the negligent party’s insurance policy, the amount of money you actually owe in medical bills, the amount of time you were unable to work, and what proof can be offered as to your mental or emotional distress caused by the accident.  That said, the attorneys at Stracci Law Group have recovered millions of dollars for their clients, and we’ll make every effort to get you the maximum recovery also.

How long does a car accident settlement take?

This is another common question, and the answer is that every case is different. Some cases resolve in settlement relatively quickly, if liability is not in dispute and the injuries are clear. Others take more time to develop. However, it is important to keep in mind that we do not begin to negotiate on your behalf until you have reached maximum medical improvement, meaning that you’ve been released from any doctor’s care, and are as close to recovered as you can possibly be. A good rule of thumb would be to say that most cases resolve within one to two years after you’ve fully recovered from your injuries.

Do most car accident cases go to court?

Most automobile accident cases resolve in settlement.  Trial occurs in roughly five percent of cases.  Settlement allows certainty for both parties, and a guaranteed recovery for you, so it is often desirable.  However, the professionals at Stracci Law Group will go to trial if we cannot reach a fair settlement on your behalf.  We are, at the end of the day, trial attorneys, and if the insurance companies will not settle for what you deserve, we’re more than happy to let a jury decide.

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