The officer who responds to the crash can provide information on how you can obtain a copy of the police report. Local authorities can submit crash reports to the Indiana State Police, which maintains an online database from which visitors can request the report. Indiana crash reports are also available through buycrash.com; Indiana is among the 14 states offering crash reports through this site.
If you’re ever unsure of how to get the police report for your crash, contact the local or state department that responded to the crash and ask. The police report might be a vital part of your evidence, so it’s important to obtain the police report after your crash.
Per the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department web page, “Copies of police case (incident) reports made in Marion County may be obtained through the Citizens’ Services Desk in Suite E100 of Metro Police Headquarters at 50 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, phone (317) 327-3155 or 327-3408.”
Dealing with a Disagreement or Mistake on the Accident Report
The insurance company relies upon this report in several ways. It can help establish details of the accident. It may also include citations issued to any of the drivers. Sometimes it contains a description of the damages or even a diagram. This information helps the insurance company figure out who is at fault.
But it’s possible to disagree with what the police officer writes on the report. For instance, you might dispute violating a traffic law. The best thing you can do is write up your own version of what happened shortly after the accident. Include as much detail as possible. But keep in mind that getting the report changed isn’t likely.
Sometimes the report contains a factual mistake. This could include insurance coverage information, location of the accident or type of vehicle. You can contact the officer who wrote the report and request a change as soon as possible.
Remember that the accident report is just one element of the insurance company’s investigation. It will also consider other types of evidence such as photographs and statements from witnesses.
Ways to Avoid Mistakes on an Accident Report
Because this report is an important tool in determining fault, accuracy is critical. But it’s not uncommon for stress and other emotions to get in the way in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
Taking the time to calm down before speaking to the police is one way to avoid a mistake. If you’re rushing to get everything out, it can cause confusion and you may not effectively communicate your side of the story.
And be sure to verify with the police officer factual information, like your insurance information and vehicle.
Importance of Filing a Report and Seeking Legal Counsel after a Serious Accident
In Indiana, contact the police whenever there are injuries or at least $1,000 in property damage. Estimating the amount of damage is sometimes difficult. Since it’s not always obvious at the time of the crash, contact the police anyway to report the accident.
Also, contact an attorney if you suffered serious physical harm. Call the Hensley Legal Group at (317) 472-3333 to set up a consultation about your case with a lawyer.