Questions about Car Accident Procedures
The first thing you should do after an Indiana car accident is check for injuries. Call 911 if medical attention is needed. As you wait for the police to arrive, gather evidence and contact information.
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In Indiana, you must call the police after a car accident that results in injuries, death, or more than $1,000 in damage. However, you may want to call the police anyway, so you can have a police report on record in case you decide to file a claim.
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A fender bender may not appear as serious, but there is always the chance that the vehicle damage or bodily injuries are worse than they initially appear.
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You could face a criminal penalty for leaving the scene of a car accident in Indiana, especially if someone was injured or killed.
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You do not have to stop if you witness a car accident. However, if you do stop and inadvertently hurt one of the victims while trying to give medical aid, the Good Samaritan law can protect you from a lawsuit.
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If you were the victim of an Indianapolis traffic accident, you should gather as much information as possible from the other driver(s) and eyewitnesses, including photos of the scene.
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Indiana enforces a strict no-tolerance policy when it comes to drunk driving. Keep at a safe distance from the suspected drunk driver and try to get the license plate number, make, and model.
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Determining Fault After a Car Accident
The police report will show who is at fault for the car accident. However, if your claim becomes a lawsuit, the final decision will be made by jury.
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The process of obtaining your police report varies between police departments. In Indiana, you can purchase your police report at buycrash.com.
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The car making the left hand turn is almost always at fault. But in rare cases, fault for a left turn accident in Indiana may not be automatic.
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In a rear-end crash, the driver who hit the other car from behind is generally at fault for the accident. But this isn’t always the case.
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There is a wide variety of evidence that can be used to prove your claim, including the police report. An Indianapolis car accident lawyer can help gather the supporting evidence.
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Filing a Claim after a Car Accident
There are three types of damages you can recover through a personal injury claim in Indiana: lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
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If you only sustained property damage in a car accident, you don’t have to file a personal injury claim. You may not even need a car accident attorney to receive a proper settlement.
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The other driver may try to say your loved one was partially at fault because they weren’t wearing their seat belt. But in Indiana, not wearing a seat belt cannot be used as a defense.
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Indiana is a comparative negligence state, which means you can file a personal injury claim if you are partially at fault.
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You can use your health insurance, charitable organizations, or pre-settlement loans to pay for medical bills while you’re waiting for a settlement offer from the insurance company.
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