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Accident Guide in Indiana

No one likes to think about being in an accident. But, unfortunately, it's a situation that you'll likely face, possibly numerous times. So, you should be aware of what Indiana law requires you to do if you are in an accident.

Information Gathering

Even though you may be in a state of distress―or even shock―following the accident, it's important to take good notes. You're required to share your name, address, and registration number with those involved in the accident.

Of course, you should record this same information about the others involved in the accident for your own records. But, you shouldn't stop there. Try to obtain the phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident, as well as the license plate numbers and models of the other vehicles. Also make an attempt to learn the driver's license number and insurance information of the other driver(s).

If there are any witnesses, try and get their contact information, too. And, record the name of any law enforcement officials who arrive on the scene.

Unattended Vehicles

What should you do if you put a dent into someone's empty car while backing out of a parking space? For this and all other accidents involving an unoccupied vehicle, state law requires you to first try and see if you can locate the owner of the vehicle. If that's not possible, you must leave a note on an obvious spot on the damaged vehicle, indicating your name, address, and registration number.

Property Damage

If you're in an accident that damages someone's property (other than a vehicle), you're required to try to locate the owner or person in charge of the property. You must reveal your name, address, and registration number, and, if requested, your driver's license number.

If you can't find the owner after a reasonable attempt, then you must contact law enforcement officials with jurisdiction over the property, and give them all the required information.

Other Legal Requirements

Besides all of the above, state law places additional requirements on those involved in an accident.

It's a good idea to review these rules because failing to do so could result in a misdemeanor or felony charge.

Witnesses

Witnesses to an accident may be required to complete a report if requested to do so by the state police.

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