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Car Accident Alcohol & Drug Test is Required in Indiana for Serious Injuries

Posted Aug 15, 2022 by Matt Boulton

Following a car accident, a driver may be required to take an alcohol and drug test for two reasons:

  1. They are suspected of being under the influence due to behavioral clues and/or other evidence, or
  2. The car accident led to serious injuries of one or more of those involved.

Unfortunately, a number of serious accidents that have occurred on Indiana’s roadways required investigating officers to enforce protocol of the latter.

In fact, attorney Matt Boulton has investigated a number of cases in which the defendant driver displayed absolutely no signs of being intoxicated, however, due to his client’s injuries, officers administered a drug and alcohol test.

As you can see below, one such case occurred in Indianapolis when a car made a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle, leading to a collision that resulted in serious injury.

Indianapolis Car & Motorcycle Accident

According to the investigating officer’s report, the accident occurred at the four-way intersection of Michigan Street and Holmes Avenue.

Driver 1 (the defendant) stated that she was traveling eastbound and made a left-turn at the intersection, striking Driver (2) (client). Our client confirmed the defendant’s version of the events.

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Additionally, there were various individuals who saw the collision that also confirmed the defendant turned left in front of our client’s motorcycle.

While the defendant didn’t exhibit any signs of being under the influence, the officer’s narrative does detail the injuries sustained by our client that required he administer an alcohol and drug test to the defendant.

Specifically, the report states: “Driver 2 was seen with significant injuries, including a broken right upper leg (femur). Driver 1 was tested per serious bodily injury crash protocol.”

To better visualize the accident, we have included a copy of the diagram included in the official Indiana crash report:

Indianapolis Car & Motorcycle Accident that Required Alcohol and Drug Testing

Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer

Due to the seriousness of the accident, and amount of medical bills involved, the motorcyclist hired Boulton Law Group to help him navigate Indiana’s personal injury laws.

Matt has been helping injured Hoosier motorcyclists throughout Indiana for more than 25 years, and his experience has taught him that insurance companies carefully defend these cases, due to the types of injuries that can occur. In short, more medical bills, means a higher level of financial exposure.

Fortunately, the accident report and evidence removed all liability from our client, of which the insurance company agreed. Having established liability, Matt was now able to focus on building the strongest case possible on behalf of the client to help ensure he received maximum compensation.

Seeking Compensation for Accident & Injuries

Indiana allows injured Hoosiers to seek recovery for various types of compensation following an accident, mainly:

  • Medical bills – This can include any past or future bills that are directly related to the accident.
  • Lost wages – Any time off work excused by a doctor can be considered for compensation.
  • Pain & Suffering – In most cases, this portion of the claim represents the most significant value, and it’s where the right attorney can make the difference for your case.

In the above case, our client was able to fully focus on recovery, while we secured maximum compensation from the insurance company.

Boulton Law Group

Attorney Matt Boulton founded the Boulton Law Group to give Hoosiers an alternative to high-volume firms that rely on mass advertising to retain clients.

In addition to cases involving alcohol and drug testing, Matt focuses exclusively on personal injury that result from the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Semi-truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Slip and falls
  • Negligent security
  • Nursing home abuse

And no matter the case type, Boulton Law Group offers everyone a Zero Fee Guarantee. This means that you will never be charged for a legal consultation, and you will never be required to pay the firm anything unless we are hired and win your case. This helps to ensure a risk-free experience from one of Indiana’s top-rated personal injury attorneys.

If you have questions about an accident that involved alcohol or drug testing, you may use our confidential contact form to reach us. Matt reviews each contact received through the firm’s website and can help you determine your rights.

We look forward to hearing your story, and please stay safe out there!

Matt Boulton

Author Matt Boulton

Attorney Matt Boulton is an award-winning personal injury attorney with more than 25 years of experience helping seriously injured people throughout Indiana. He designed his firm for the client who expects exceptional service and passionate, successful legal representation.

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