Admitting fault in a car accident means providing the other party with evidence that you are to blame for the collision. When you admit fault, you significantly diminish your chances of recovering the compensation you may be owed due to Indiana’s comparative fault laws. In addition, you will be held liable for the damages suffered by the other driver involved in the accident.
Understandably, emotions may be running high after being involved in an auto accident. Despite this, individuals involved in auto accidents should never admit to any fault. One of the best steps to protect yourself is to hire a qualified attorney who can advocate on your behalf.
Contact our law firm and ask to schedule a meeting to discuss the specifics of your case and explore your legal options.
What Happens if Neither Party Admits Fault?
If neither party admits fault, then each party will submit a claim to their insurance provider or will make a claim against you. At this point, an insurance adjuster will investigate the accident to determine which party is at fault. They may use police reports, eyewitness testimony, video evidence, and citations issued to make their final determination.
Because the adjuster can access police reports which document your statements, you must never admit fault at the accident scene. One way to protect your rights is to hire a car accident attorney to advise you on what you should and should not say to the other party’s insurance company.
What if I Am Found to Be Partially at Fault For an Accident?
Even if you are found to be partially at fault for a car accident, you may still be able to file a compensation claim. However, Indiana’s comparative fault laws mandate that you will most likely receive an amount reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. However, if you are found to be at least 51 percent at fault for causing the accident, you will not be entitled to recover any compensation.
Why Do I Need to Hire an Attorney After Being Involved in a Car Accident?
If you are involved in a car accident, you must hire an experienced attorney to protect your rights. Insurance companies often try to undervalue or deny your claim by asserting that you are partially or fully to blame for causing an accident to avoid paying large claims.
Our car accident attorneys are not afraid to stand up to the insurance companies to protect your rights. Furthermore, we will also fight to recover maximum compensation for your pain, suffering, and property damage.
Contact our law offices by calling 812-247-8416 and asking to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.