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When you're in a car accident in Indiana, the first thing you should do is make sure everyone is safe. Then, it’s really important to call 911. The police will come, make sure the area is safe, help anyone who is hurt, and write up a report about what happened.

If you don't call the police, it can be a big mistake. Also, trying to handle everything on your own without a lawyer can make things even more difficult. If you’re in a car crash in Indianapolis or anywhere else in Indiana, you should first call 911 and then call Emerson Divorce and Accident Injury Attorneys, LLC. Our lawyers will help make sure your rights are protected every step of the way.

Do You Always Have to Report Car Accidents to the Police in Indiana?

It’s usually a good idea to call the police after an accident. Here are some situations where you definitely should call them, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation:

  • Someone is hurt or has died.
  • The cars can't be moved.
  • You think a driver might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • A driver doesn’t have insurance.
  • A driver leaves the scene of the accident.

Calling the police helps create an official record of the accident, which is really important if you need to make a claim. In Indiana, the police must make a report if there’s a death, injury, or if the damage is more than $1,000.

Even if the accident seems minor, it’s still a good idea to call the police. Sometimes, car damages or injuries aren’t obvious right away. Plus, if the other driver is difficult to deal with, the police can help you exchange contact and insurance information safely.

Will the Police Take Photos at the Scene?

The police might take pictures at the scene, but it’s a good idea for you to take your own photos too. Take pictures of the cars, any marks on the road, damages, and any injuries you can see. Also, try to get the names and phone numbers of witnesses. This can help a lot later on, especially if there are any questions about what happened.

Can the Police Search Your Car After an Accident?

You might worry about the police searching your car after an accident. Remember, you still have rights that protect you from unreasonable searches. The police can only search your car if you agree to it, they have a warrant, or they have a strong reason to believe there’s evidence of a crime in your car.

What to Say to the Police After a Car Accident

When the police arrive, be polite and help them understand what happened by sticking to the facts. Avoid saying anything about who was at fault. If you’re not comfortable answering questions without a lawyer, you’re allowed to say so. You can also say no if they ask to search your car.

What if the Police Report Says You Are at Fault?

If the police report says you’re at fault, remember, it’s not the final decision. If you disagree, it’s important to talk to an experienced lawyer like those at Emerson Divorce and Accident Injury Attorneys, LLC. We can look into the accident more deeply, challenge the police’s findings if necessary, and work to prove what really happened.

We offer a free consultation and you don’t pay us unless we win your case. So after an accident, don’t try to handle it all by yourself. Contact Emerson Divorce and Accident Injury Attorneys, LLC, and let us help you.

A skilled car accident lawyer will take care of the legal aspects of your case, including negotiating with the insurance company and representing you in court if necessary. Your attorney will make sure you are protected and that you receive the maximum compensation possible.

Correct information and legal support can make a big difference in your car accident case. Emerson Divorce and Accident Injury Attorneys are here to help you navigate these challenging times with expertise and compassion.

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