After a car accident in Indiana, the police accident report – known as an Indiana Officer's Standard Crash Report – becomes a very important piece of evidence. Insurance companies use the information in the report when processing and evaluating claims. The attorneys at Boughter Sinak, LLC know how to use this information to help your case.
While the report itself is often not admissible in court, the investigating police officer will likely use the same information as the basis for their testimony in a deposition or at trial. This makes it especially important to file a report if you’re involved in an auto accident in Indiana.
Why you should file a report
Even if the accident seems minor, you should still file a police report with as much information as you can gather. It is mandatory to report the accident to the Indiana police if it resulted in a death or injury, or if property damages amount to $1000 or more. If police do arrive at the scene of an accident, be sure to write down their names and badge numbers. Follow up with the department to get a copy of their report.
Filing a police report is not the same as making an insurance claim. But insurance companies will refer to the report. If you do not file a police report, it will become more difficult to receive the compensation you need and deserve if you sustained an injury with delayed symptoms, such as whiplash or a concussion.
Collecting information to build your case
Immediately following an accident, move your vehicle to a safe location, if possible. Exchange insurance information with the other driver, including name and contact information. Take pictures and recordings of the scene and damages as well.
If you can, collect witness accounts of what happened. If they are willing, record their account using your phone or by writing it down. Also ask for their names and contact information.
When the police are involved at the scene of an accident, their first goal will be to ensure everyone’s safety and direct traffic accordingly. If they can determine the cause of the accident, they will record it in their Indiana Officer's Standard Crash Report. This is based on their judgment. If they record information you know to be incorrect, you can dispute the report, if necessary. The officers can also speak to witnesses and make sure details in the report are accurate. The information they record in the report can help build your case.
After an accident, you need to focus on your recovery. Meanwhile, the insurance companies are focused on protecting their bottom line - which means paying you as little as possible.
That's why your best option is to contact us immediately and get an experienced car accident attorney on your side. We can start building your case for all the compensation you deserve while you focus on getting better.