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Who Is at Fault for My Indianapolis Car Accident?

Accidents happen and not all of them are unavoidable. But, in some cases, someone was being careless behind the wheel, not giving other drivers or the road the attention it deserves. When a driver neglects their duty to be aware and cautious, you could be the one who suffers.

In the aftermath of the wreck, you’re likely wondering who is at fault for your Indianapolis car accident. Consider partnering with an experienced lawyer from Kooi Law. Our attorneys know what to look for when reviewing car accidents, especially when the responsible party isn’t clear-cut.

Fault Laws for Car Accidents

In Indiana, the person responsible for causing the car crash is also financially responsible for your losses. Fortunately, when you’re injured by another driver, it’s usually easy to find the right person, even when multiple cars are involved. You and your lawyer will need to prove that they caused the accident in order to hold them responsible for their negligent or careless actions.  

When the Other Driver Is Working

Not every auto wreck is so simple, however. For example, you might have been injured by a driver who is on the road as part of their job—whether that’s as a delivery person, taxi driver, or someone running errands for their employer.

When you’re injured by one of these drivers, they might not be the one financially responsible for the accident. When an employee is acting within the scope of their jobs, their employer is responsible for any damage they cause while on the clock. In this case, you’ll seek a settlement from their employer’s insurance company or file a civil claim against the employer for your damages.

Fault for Single-Vehicle Crashes

What about cases where you were the only vehicle involved in the accident, but you believe that you weren’t driving recklessly. Your lawyer can investigate the cause of your accident and determine what external factors were present at the time of the crash.

For example, you might have hit a pothole or a pool of standing water, which caused you to lose control of your vehicle and wreck. In these cases, you might need to file a claim against the Indianapolis Department of Transportation, as they’re responsible for keeping the roads safe. If the roadways are damaged or built with design defects, you shouldn’t have to suffer for those mistakes.

In other cases, you might have been hurt by a defective part. For example, if your brakes failed without warning, the manufacturer might be responsible for letting a fault part reach the market.

Find the Responsible Driver with an Attorney’s Help

After a car accident, you’ll need to find the person responsible, but that’s not always straightforward. You’ll need help when you’re asking, “Who is at fault for my Indianapolis car accident?”

Fortunately, a lawyer from Kooi Law can help you find the at-fault party, starting with a free consultation. We’ll help you investigate your claim, gather evidence, and hold the responsible person or persons accountable. To begin, just give us a call at 317-569-1335 or complete the online form below.  

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