The process of obtaining an Indiana accident report has changed considerably over the years. In years past, accident victims were required to coordinate with the individual police department to get a copy of their crash report. Today, getting a copy of your accident report is much easier.
Below, we walk you through a number of Indiana accident report tips, including:
- Where to locate your accident report
- What information is needed to get a copy of your accident report
- How much does an accident report cost?
- When to report an accident (file a report)
Finding Your Indiana Accident Report
After the responding officer completes their accident scene investigation, they should provide you with instructions on how to locate your accident report. In some cases, they will provide you with a business card that directs you to BuyCrash.com.
BuyCrash.com is the official online repository for a majority of police agencies throughout the country, including all those in Indiana. The online system has expedited the process of obtaining a crash report for accident victims. Depending on the severity of your car accident, your report should be available within 7 – 10 business days, however, it can be sooner.
Once you are on the BuyCrash website, you will need to use the dropdown menu to select “Indiana.” From there, you will be met with a screen that requires additional information.
Information You Need to Get Your Indiana Accident Report
BuyCrash gives accident victims two options to access their accident report:
1.) Enter the Report # into you received from the investigating officer. (If they did not provide you with one at the scene, you can contact the responding police department and request the same.)
2.) Enter your “Last Name” AND the “Date of Accident” OR “Reporting Agency.” (The reporting agency is simply the name of the investigating police department.)
BuyCrash offers a dropdown that lists every state police agency. In addition to traditional agencies such as Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) and Indiana State Police (ISP), you will also be able to locate accident reports filed by other agencies, such as University (College) and Local School Township Police, Hospital Police, Airport Police, Park Rangers, etc.
Additionally, all accident reports, no matter the responding agency or number of vehicles involved, have the same cost.
How Much Does an Indiana Accident Report Cost?
If you order through BuyCrash, a copy of your accident report will cost $12.00.
If you are a Boulton Law Group client that has not obtained and/or located your accident report, we will order it on your behalf.
The majority of Indiana accident reports cover the following types of motor vehicle accidents:
- Car Accidents
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Auto vs. Pedestrian Accidents
- Auto vs. Bicycle Accidents
Next, we discuss lawful requirements for filing an Indiana accident report, and the advantages of having an officer file an official account of your collision.
When are Indiana Crash Victims Required to Report an Accident?
If you are involved in an Indiana car accident, state law requires you to report the collision in the following two instances:
1.) Any of the parties involved in the accident are injured, no matter how minor. This includes any and all injuries to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, etc.
2.) If it is believed the property damage exceeds $1,000. This can be for an accident between two vehicles, or a solo-accident in which there is damage done to public property.
In addition to Indiana’s official requirements, there is another reason you may benefit from filing a police report: the officer will document the facts and evidence surrounding the collision.
A police report is a valuable piece of evidence when dealing with the insurance company, whether it is your or the other party’s carrier.
Without a report, the story surrounding the accident becomes a he-said-she-said incident and the insurance company may rule against your version of events. This can be especially troublesome if injuries begin to appear shortly after the accident and you are seeking compensation for medical bills, etc.
Questions About Your Indiana Accident Report?
If you or a loved one were involved in an Indiana car accident, and you have questions about the findings on your police report and/or how to locate it, Boulton Law Group will offer you assistance.
Attorney Matt Boulton has been helping Indiana’s accident victims and their families for more than 20 years. His record of success and approach to one-of-a-kind client service are cited as reasons he is sought after by Hoosiers throughout the state.
To help ensure accident victims fully understand their accident report, there will never be a charge to speak to our firm. In fact, free consultations are part of our Zero Fee Guarantee and dedication to making sure you Get Treated Like Family.
Contact us direct at 317-350-2680 for a free accident report evaluation. Or if you prefer to write to us, send the details of your accident by using our confidential contact form–attorney Boulton personally reviews every web contact.
We look forward to hearing your story and going to work for you!
Attorney Matt Boulton is an award-winning personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of experience helping seriously injured people throughout Indiana reclaim what was taken from them. His firm was created for for the client who expects exceptional service and passionate, successful legal representation.