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Frequently Asked Questions After an Indiana Car Accident

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Questions about Car Accident Procedures

What should I do if I’m involved in an Indiana traffic accident?

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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Do I have to call the police after getting into a car accident in Indianapolis?

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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What should I do after a fender bender?

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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Can I leave the scene of a car accident in Indiana?

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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Do I have to stop and help if I witness a car accident?

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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What kind of information do I need to get from the other driver at the scene of the accident?

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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How do I report a drunk driver?

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

What determines who is at fault in an Indiana 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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How do I get a copy of the police report from my Indiana car accident?

The process of obtaining your police report varies between police departments. In Indiana, you can purchase your police report at

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Is a car making a left turn always at fault for a car accident in Indiana?

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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I rear-ended someone. Am I automatically at fault for a rear-end crash in Indiana?

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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What kind of evidence can I use to prove my side in an Indianapolis car accident claim?

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

I got into a car accident, and I don’t have insurance. Can I still file a claim?

Getting into a car accident without insurance is what some people might call a nightmare scenario. But in Indiana, it might not be the end of the world. Even if you’re uninsured, you may still be able to file a claim for your losses.

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What damages can I recover through a personal injury 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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What if I wasn’t injured in the car accident but I sustained damage to my car or other personal property?

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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My loved one died because they weren’t wearing a seat belt in a car accident caused by another driver. Do I have a wrongful death case?

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.

Learn more about Indiana’s comparative negligence laws and seat belt usage >>

Can I file an Indiana personal injury claim if I’m partially at fault for the accident?

Indiana is a comparative negligence state, which means you can file a personal injury claim if you are partially at fault.

Learn more about your rights under comparative negligence laws >>

I need money while I’m waiting for my car accident settlement. What are my options?

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.

Learn more about financial recovery during the settlement process >>