Reporting a car crash can be one of the most important steps to take after a wreck happens. This is primarily due to the facts that:
- Indiana law1 requires motorists who are involved to certain wrecks to file reports with the proper authorities.
- Filing a car accident report can be crucial to documenting the details and evidence related to a wreck. And that can be important to determining liability and the available legal remedies for crash victims.
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When Indiana Law Requires You to Report a Car Accident
According to Indiana law, motorists are required to report a car accident when:
- A wreck traps someone in a vehicle and/or results in injuries or death.
- A crash causes at least $1,000 in property damage.
- An accident involves unoccupied or unattended property, and the owner cannot be tracked down. If the crash involves a parked vehicle and the owner cannot be found, leaving a note with your name, address and registration number (rather than calling police) is legally acceptable.
These crash reports can be filed with either local police (in municipalities) or a county sheriff (outside of city boundaries).
Intentionally violating these accident reporting requirements can result Class C misdemeanor charges, which may be punishable by as much as $500 in fines and 60 days in jail.
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Please be aware that Indiana’s accident reporting requirements do not extend to making reports with insurance companies. However, your auto insurance policy may place specific deadlines for reporting a crash to the insurer – and failing to meet these reporting deadlines may compromise the value or strength of a claim.
Tips for Reporting a Car Accident: How to Protect Your Rights & Potential Claim
Whether you’re preparing to file a car accident report with law enforcement authorities and/or an insurance provider, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you make these reports:
- Only state the facts that you are sure of, like when and where the crash occurred.
- Don’t guess or approximate any details of the accident.
- Never admit fault, accept blame or apologize for the crash regardless of whether you think you may have been at fault in any way.
- Don’t make any statements or assertions about the extent or severity of your injuries. Instead, seek medical attention so a physician can properly diagnose your crash injuries.
Following these tips when reporting a crash can help you protect your rights and claim. Don’t hesitate, however, to contact a Fort Wayne attorney at Finderson Law, LLC when you want to be sure that:
- All liable parties are held accountable for hurting you in a crash.
- You have exceptional advocacy as you move forward with your claim.
Get Superior Representation for Your Auto Crash Claim: Contact a Fort Wayne Car Accident Lawyer at Finderson Law, LLC
To receive helpful, clear legal advice regarding your potential auto wreck claim, contact a Fort Wayne car accident lawyer at Finderson Law, LLC at (260) 420-8600. You can also email us using the form on our Contact page.
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1: Indiana law regarding car accidents & accident reporting requirements