The screech of brakes. The crashing of metal. The breaking of glass. These are sound that no one wants to hear. But it happens sometimes, and when it does, according to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, there are some very specific actions you should take. Here’s what to do after you’ve been in an accident:
- Before you do anything else, check yourself, all occupants in your vehicle and the occupants of the other vehicle(s) to determine if anyone is injured.
- Remember that, in accordance with state law, if there are any injuries or more than $1,000 in property damage, the police must be called.
- Information needs to be gathered including the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident; the license plate number, make, model, and description of each car involved; drivers license number and insurance information for all drivers involved; the names and addresses of any witnesses; and the names and badge numbers of all officers at the scene.
- Be sure to ask the investigating officer how you can obtain a copy of the police report.
- Remember that failure to present proof of insurance at the time of an accident could result in the suspension of your license, even if you were not at fault.
- Notify your insurance company of the accident and ask them to file a Certificate of Compliance, covering the date of the accident and the vehicle involved.
- If you were not at fault and have injuries or your passengers have injuries, the sooner you contact Indiana personal injury lawyers to begin working on the case, the better your chances of receiving compensation.
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