After a car crash in Carmel, you can find your police report online. The state’s repository of accident reports is maintained by the Indiana State Police and can be purchased for a small fee.
When you need to begin gathering evidence for your accident, the police report is one of many important pieces of evidence you will need. We can help you with all aspects of an injury claim or lawsuit, including collecting evidence.
How to Get a Copy of Your Car Accident Report
If you’d like a copy of your accident report, there are several ways that you can get this documentation, such as:
Your report can be found through the BuyCrash portal, where these records are kept by the Indiana State Police. You will want to be prepared with basic information about your accident before you can pull your report, including the date and jurisdiction of the accident, the report number, and your personal information.
You can also contact Hamilton County’s Administration Office and provide your email address to receive a copy.
Obtaining by Mail
You can receive a copy of your crash report from Hamilton County’s Administration Office by mail. Your self-addressed and stamped envelope can be sent to the Records Section (Crash Reports), according to information from Hamilton County.
What Other Forms of Documentation Do You Need for a Personal Injury Case?
It’s a good idea to begin building your own evidence file after your car accident, and getting a copy of your accident report is one good place to start. However, there are other forms of documentation that will be helpful in building your case.
You can also:
- Keep a copy of all of your medical records related to the accident
- Hold onto any receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, such as medical equipment
- Hold onto the contact information of any witnesses to the accident, if you took those details down at the accident scene
- Keep a journal of how your injuries are affecting your life, as this can be used to prove your right to seek pain and suffering damages
We Can Build Evidence for You
It’s also possible that your injuries are very serious, or you simply do not have time or energy to be your own accident investigator.
If this is the case, we can handle all the evidence gathering for you. We can seek out the police report and all other necessary forms of evidence for you so that you can focus on your recovery.
How We Can Use Your Accident Report to Build Your Case for Compensation
One of the central aspects of a personal injury case after a car accident is proving the other driver (or another party) was negligent. Essentially, this means that the other party did something that was careless or reckless—and their actions led to your accident, injuries, and losses.
To do this, we can gather several forms of evidence, including:
- Your accident report
- Eyewitness testimony
- Videos of photos of the accident captured by traffic cameras
- Dashboard camera information
- Accident reconstruction data
The police report will be an important piece of evidence that can be used to show the other driver’s negligence—for instance, if they were ticketed for reckless driving or DUI. We will use any details about the other driver’s carelessness as recorded by the police. However, this report is hardly the only piece of evidence that we will use in your case.
For example, you may be in a situation where the driver’s negligent behaviors were not recorded in the police report. However, you don’t have to let this stop you from seeking compensation. There may be other methods of showing that the other driver was responsible.
What We Can do if You were Partly Responsible
Some claimants may wonder if they have a right to bring a case if the police report indicates they contributed to the crash in some way. Don’t worry about this, as there are plenty of situations where you can still seek compensation even if you were at fault to some degree.
According to Indiana’s contributory negligence laws (IC §34-51-2-6), you can still potentially collect payments from another driver:
- If you were less than 51% responsible for the crash
- However, your compensation could be reduced according to your percentage of fault.
It’s our job to determine what your case could be worth and to fight for your best possible settlement. We can work to ensure that the evidence in your case shows that the other driver was primarily at fault—and that you deserve full, fair repayment for your losses.
How Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Fight for You After a Car Accident
In addition to gathering evidence, keep in mind that we can handle every other aspect of your case for you. We can speak with the insurance companies, negotiate for the best possible settlement, and ensure your interests are represented aggressively through every step of your case.
You can give us a call for free anytime—day or night—and talk to us about your car accident questions. You can ask us:
- How much your case could be worth
- What forms of damages you could seek
- How we can help you get evidence for your Carmel car accident, such as a police report
Reach Out to Our Team for Help Today
We can get to work on your case today with no upfront fees involved. Because we work based on contingency, we only take our payment when and if we win your case. Call us today to learn more at 317-720-3229.