When you get into a car accident, the party from whom you recover damages will vary depending on your state laws. States may follow “fault” or “no-fault” insurance laws. Indiana follows “fault” insurance laws, which means you will recover compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
It’s vital to know how to prove fault in a car accident if you live in a “fault” insurance state. Here are three things every Hoosier should know.
#1. Take Photos of the Scene
One of the best ways to prove fault in a car accident is taking photos immediately after the incident. If you are able, get out of your vehicle and take photos of the accident scene. Capture images of property damage, injuries, the placement of the cars, and any tire tracks on the road.
#2. Get Statements from Witnesses
Witnesses are key to the success of an accident claim. Get the contact information from any witnesses at the scene. Your attorney will work with them to get an accurate, detailed statement of what caused the accident.
#3. Obtain a Police Report
Ask the responding officer for a copy of the police report. This report can contain key evidence including the approximate date, time, and location of the collision and identifying information for parties involved.
After compiling all of this evidence, it will be difficult for the at-fault driver to protest their innocence when all of the facts are stacked against them. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to gather all of this evidence while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
At Wagner Reese, we know exactly what it takes to win settlements for clients in the wake of devastating accidents. We’re here to take the matter out of your hands while you focus on what’s most important—your health and recovery.