If you are involved in a car accident while traveling in Indiana, it may be possible to obtain compensation for any damages related to the wreck. However, the odds of obtaining a favorable outcome in a personal injury case depend largely on the strength of the evidence that you’re able to collect.
Obtain statements from anyone who saw the crash happen
A statement from a credible witness may significantly increase your chances of obtaining a fair settlement or jury award. This is because an eyewitness may be able to confirm your version of what happened before, during, and after the motor vehicle accident took place. For instance, this individual may verify that the other driver was going too fast for road conditions when the wreck happened. Alternatively, he or she may confirm that the driver was impaired or distracted when the collision occurred.
Was the driver in compliance with state and federal laws?
Generally speaking, you’re entitled to a copy of any records that might help determine if the person who caused the crash was in compliance with state and federal licensing laws. You may also be entitled to information that could help determine if a driver was in compliance with hours-of-service regulations at the time of the crash. You should ask for the results of any drug or alcohol tests that were conducted at the crash scene.
A personal injury settlement may enable you to cover medical expenses and lost wages in the event that you can’t work after a motor vehicle wreck. If settlement talks don’t yield a favorable outcome, it might be necessary to file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. You generally have two years from the date of the accident to do so.