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How Do I Get a Police Report for a Car Accident in Indiana?

How Do I Get a Police Report for a Car Accident in Indiana?

Anyone involved in a car wreck not just wants a crash report, they need it for handling insurance and making negligence claims. The car accident attorneys at Goodin Abernathy LLP can make it simple and order the report for you. We have an account online that allows us to access BuyCrash.com and using your car accident details, search for the report. So the easiest way is to call us at (317)843-2606 and ask for help pulling the report.

If you prefer to handle collecting the report yourself, here is basic information to help step through the process. Then, if after you handle things and decide you would like legal help, call us for a free consultation. Our attorneys are happy to evaluate your case and explain your legal options.

What is a Car Accident Report?

In Indiana, a car accident report is known as the Indiana Officer’s Standard Crash Report. Police officers collect basic information at the crash site and populate a standard report that is later published on the internet under the BuyCrash.com website.

Though this investigation typically is not an expert analysis, it details the reports about events leading up to and afterward the wreck. A car accident report is usually available between two and five days after the car accident.

Every law enforcement agency is different but generally, a car accident crash report will include:

  • Details for every person involved in the car accident. Names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, driver’s license numbers, and car insurance information.
  • Information about the injuries suffered by people involved in the accident.
  • Where the accident happened, which way the vehicles were going, where they hit each other, where they ended up after the collision, if there was any debris from the accident, and if there were any stop signs or traffic signals nearby. This information is often shown on a diagram or accompanied by a diagram.
  • Time of the accident
  • Weather conditions, potential traffic hazards, and road conditions.
  • The statements of people involved in the accident, and any witnesses who saw what happened.
  • The responding officer’s findings and impressions based on the investigation at the scene of the accident.

One of the most important reasons Indiana state police officers keep detailed accounts of car accidents is so they can use them as evidence in any future investigations.

How Do You Obtain a Copy of Your Indiana Car Accident Police Report?

You Can Obtain an Online Copy of Your Car Accident Police Report

In order to find a car accident report, you must purchase one for $12. This can be done at BuyCrash.com In order to find your accident report, you must know the following information: 

  • State and Jurisdiction of where the accident took place 
  • Along with one of the following pieces of information 
  • Accident Report Number 
  • Last Name and Date of Incident 
  • Last Name and Street

You Can Obtain a Physical Copy of Your Accident Police Report

Contact your local Indiana county law enforcement as each department typically has a division or office that manages these records. You can also contact the Indiana State Police through their website: https://www.in.gov/isp/crash-reports/

If the collision occurred in Marion County Indiana, you may visit the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to obtain a copy of your accident report.

  • 50 N. Alabama St., E100 Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Phone number: 317-327-3811
  • You will need to provide the date, time, accident location, and if you remember, the investigating officer’s name.

How Can a Car Accident Police Report Help Your Personal Injury Claim?

A car accident police report can very likely be helpful in a case. The details given on an accident police report may help in determining who was at fault in a given accident. Some of these details include:

  • How the accident occurred.
  • Description of the damages associated with the crash.
  • Any tickets that were issued to drivers involved.
  • Time of the accident

For example, if someone is ticketed for texting and driving, you may be able to prove that the injuries and damages you received were due to the other driver’s negligence.

Accident reports are important if you are dealing with insurance adjusters and trying to negotiate a settlement. Remember, the insurance adjusters are trained and experienced in defending your damage claims.

It is best to have as much crash information at your disposal as possible before agreeing to settle with the insurance adjuster.

Remember, the Goodin Abernathy attorneys are experienced in negotiating personal injury and car accident cases. Contact our office today for a free consultation. We enjoy representing clients and treat them like individuals – not just file numbers like other “big box” injury law firms do.

What constitutes a hostile work environment in Indiana?

What constitutes a hostile work environment in Indiana?

Hostile work environment claims often involve sexual harassment, but not always.  A workplace may also be hostile based on race, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age or some other form of discrimination. 

How do you prove a work environment is hostile?

In order to prove a hostile work environment, an employee must be able to demonstrate that the discrimination is, “severe and pervasive.” 

This has been the standard for in the United States since 1972, when the Supreme Court decided Rogers v EEOC.  “Mere utterance of an ethnic or racial epithet which engenders offensive feelings in an employee would not affect the conditions of employment to a sufficiently significant degree to violate Title VII.” 

Rogers remains the law of the land in the US. However, every case must be examined on its own merits. 

If the conduct is so outrageous, it is possible that just one instance of discrimination could be sufficient to bring a claim and be compensated. 

What should you do if you think you’re a victim of a hostile work environment?

If you suspect a hostile work environment, it is important to seek out an attorney who practices in the area of employment law to get a consultation and be certain of your rights and responsibilities. 

It also makes a difference where the hostility is coming from.  Is it a co-worker or is it a manager who is discriminating?  If discrimination comes from a co-worker, it must be reported, so the company can take appropriate action against that employee. 

Suppose it is a manager that is creating a hostile work environment. In that case, he is acting on behalf of the employer, and it is more difficult for the company to deny that they knew about the behavior.

How do you know if the behavior is creating a hostile environment?

To determine whether the behavior is creating a hostile work environment the question to ask is, “whether the condition of employment is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.”

If you are still unsure, it’s best to contact a law firm in the state of Indiana about the workplace harassment you’ve experienced. They will be able to help you determine if it constitutes a ‘hostile work environment’.

Goodin Abernathy’s lawyers are well experienced in handling employment discrimination cases. Contact the office today for a free consultation.

Can you be fired for any reason in Indiana?

Can you be fired for any reason in Indiana?

The general answer to this question is “Yes.”  Indiana is an “at-will” employment state, which simply means that you work at the will of your employer.  However, there are some very significant exceptions to this general rule.  Specifically, you cannot be fired for a discriminatory reason.  That means that an employer cannot fire you for being a member of or having the characteristics of a protected class.  The protected classes are Race, Color, Age (over 40), National Origin, Disability, Religion, Pregnancy, or Genetic Information.  If you can demonstrate that the reason for the termination was due to discrimination based on one of the aforementioned protected classes, then it is likely that the termination was discriminatory, and therefore considered a wrongful termination.

Employers typically will argue that the termination was based on something other than the protected class, for example: performance.  If the employer can present evidence of poor performance, then the burden shifts back to the employee to prove that the employer’s reason is pretext (not true) and that the real reason was based on discrimination.  If an employer is unable to document a legitimate, non-discriminatory basis for the termination, then it may be easier to prove discrimination was the employer’s motivation for firing the employee.

Monon Trail Safety

Monon Trail Safety

A recent IndyStar article about a group of concerned citizens taking on a traffic study where the Monon Trail intersects 86th St., got me thinking about the disparities that riders experience when crossing the county line.   https://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/transportation/2022/07/15/cyclist-death-indinapolis-monon-intersection-traffic-study-crashes-indiana/10017676002/

Riders in Hamilton County are offered beautifully designed tunnels and bridges where the Monon Trail intersects with busy roads.  From the north beginning at SR 32, there is a well-designed bridge that allows riders safe passage over the busy state road.  As riders head south, there is another bridge over 146th St., and then they are tunneled under US 31, 126th and 116th Streets. Southbound trail riders are again tunneled under I-465 as they enter Marion County and the City of Indianapolis.

The next 4-lane road that the trail user will encounter is the infamous crossing at 86th St. in Nora.  At this location, 86th St. is a heavily travelled, divided 4-lane street, with numerous businesses on either side. Anyone who has experienced this crossing on a bicycle, or on foot, knows of the dangers.  There are fast moving cars on 86th St., who are not expecting a large pedestrian crossing, and there are cars turning in and out of shopping centers on both sides of 86th St.  Those drivers are often looking the other direction for cars, never looking to see if there might be a pedestrian trying to cross the street.  I, myself, have seen numerous close calls at this crossing.

A similarly dangerous intersection that was recently enhanced with a beautiful pedestrian bridge was where the Monon Trail crosses 38th St.  I am very familiar with this project, as it was just a mile or so from Goodin Abernathy LLP.  The bridge allows trail users to safely pass over 38th St. without the risk of getting hit by a car.  With the price of gas at all-time highs, and more people using the trails to commute to work, it is time to invest some of the Federal Government’s infrastructure money in to alternate forms of transportation.  If the City of Indianapolis is going to encourage people to use the Monon, they need to make it safe for its users.  Indianapolis is a world class city, and the Monon is a Hall of Fame trail.  In honor of Indy cycling advocate, Frank Radaker, let’s make it safe.

As an avid cyclist and frequent bike commuter from his home in Carmel to our office at 301 E. 38th Street, Chip Clark has experience representing cyclists who have been injured by the negligence of others.  If you or someone you know has been injured while cycling, call Chip for a free, no obligation, consultation.

Choosing the Best Personal Attorney for Car Accidents and Injuries in Indiana

Choosing the Best Personal Attorney for Car Accidents and Injuries in Indiana

Do you need a car accident attorney in Indiana?

When you, a loved one or friend suffers a serious personal injury in a car accident, choose a car accident attorney that provides excellent personal service.  Call Goodin Abernathy LLP and learn what it means to work with attorneys that actually care for you and your case.  This is a personal service profession and we mean to keep it that way! Check out the Indiana Rule of Court – Rules of Professional Conduct.

Here are services that Goodin Abernathy LLP clients enjoy with their attorneys:

Anticipate One on One meetings with the attorney.

We prefer to meet with you in person – at our office or a location that is convenient for you. If you need a video call for health of convenience, the same attorney that handles your case from start to finish is the one that you will meet with. A direct line of communication is vital to the legal work we offer. “In all professional functions a lawyer should be competent, prompt and diligent. A lawyer should maintain communication with a client concerning the representation.”

You speak directly with our own people – NOT call center workers or answering services

The real people that answer calls in our law firm will know you and have immediate information about your file. They connect you with the attorney handling your case.

Expect attorneys that stay in touch with you

Our attorneys care about your recovery and medical treatment. They want to know how to help along the way. Goodin Abernathy LLP attorneys actually call our clients to collect updates. So if we do not hear from you, then expect a call from us!

Enjoy attorneys that patiently explain the legal process.

Our personal injury attorneys do not lose patience with clients. Although we do this work every day, we understand our clients don’t and they need time to best understand how the legal system works.

Your case stays with our firm because we do not refer it out.

We keep the clients that engage us for auto, truck, work, construction and general accident injury cases. We stick with you from beginning to end. It sounds crazy, but other firms will send you on to another law firm after you sign a fee agreement.

We are located in and licensed to practice law in Indiana.

Indiana law is what we focus on. Hoosier citizens and businesses are who we help. Different states have different regulations when it comes to contacting potential clients – but we play by Indiana’s rules.

For instance, Indiana law does not permit attorneys or their “agents” to directly contact a potential client. Indiana attorneys only connect with injured clients if their help is asked for. Maybe you are getting calls by out of state attorneys. Maybe people are showing up at your door offering to connect you with legal services. Well before you sign anything, please take time to research their services because here is what Indiana’s legal commentary says about it:

Other than as authorized by law or this Rule, a lawyer who is not admitted to practice generally in the State of Indiana violates paragraph (b) if the lawyer establishes an office or other systematic and continuous presence in the State of Indiana for the practice of law. Presence may be systematic and continuous even if the lawyer is not physically present here. For example, advertising in media specifically targeted to Indiana residents or initiating contact with Indiana residents for solicitation purposes could be viewed as systematic and continuous presence. In any event, such a lawyer must not hold out to the public or otherwise represent that the lawyer is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana. See also Rules 7.1(a) and 7.5(b).

Unlike big personal injury firms, you meet and work with Goodin Abernathy LLP attorneys throughout your whole case.  We do not refer out your case to other attorneys or law firms.  If you hire us, then expect our attorneys to handle your case.  Too often we hear about “big box” advertising injury law firms that refer their cases other firms and lose touch with the client.  That is not how a profession works.  That is a business model where helping the client is secondary to income goals.

While we are at it, beware when you see or hear these advertising lines:

  • “Size Matters” – Some law firms advertise that the number of attorneys in their multi-state law firm is important.
  • “Call the Tool” – Some firms use advertising gimmicks like tools or standing on top of moving trucks for marketing.
  • “Superhero Service” – Some attorneys with advertising videos magically change into superhero outfits. But do you really want them to wear that in front of a judge and jury?
  • “Millions, Billions, Zillions of Dollars Recovered!” Are attorneys selling hamburgers?! Or are they discreetly and honorably representing their clients?

Advertising stunts mean nothing for promoting the relationship injured clients deserve from their attorneys.  In real life, those tricks do not make a difference when dealing with insurance adjusters, negotiating during a mediation or actually presenting cases in the court room.  Goodin Abernathy LLP injury lawyers approach their work as a true profession, offering clients quality legal help when they need it the most.

How do we charge for legal work on injury cases?

To begin with, we charge a contingency fee.  Our fees are a portion of the overall recovery we win for the client.  The fee percentage we collect is connected to when in the legal process your case is resolved.  If we settle your case before filing a lawsuit, then our fees are a smaller percentage (%) than if we take your case to trial.

Let me put it this way – you will not see or hear this at Goodin Abernathy LLP:

  • “No matter when and how your case gets resolved, our legal fees are 40% or more.”

Goodin Abernathy’s legal fees reasonably consider what work is needed.  Not every case requires the same work.  We look at your case, explain our evaluation and have a written fee agreement to review during our free initial meetings.

We do not want our clients feeling pressured into “signing up” the first time we meet.  A pressured client leads to a troubled attorney relationship.  Since we need happy clients to maintain a good reputation, reasonable fee agreements are a big part of our practice.

Contact the car injury attorneys at Goodin Abernathy LLP to learn how experienced attorneys treat their clients.  We handle your case because we care about you and your future.  Call us for a free initial consultation and let us share our legal support when you need it the most.

Dangerous Summer Jobs – Child Safety Laws

Dangerous Summer Jobs – Child Safety Laws

Many teenagers across Indiana are industrious and want to earn money with summer jobs.  As a parent – or as an employer- you should know Indiana law targets regulations that protect kids from performing hazardous work.

The Indiana Department of Labor Youth Employment Division monitors and enforces Indiana youth employment laws.  Here is a link to their website where you can learn more specific information about child labor laws https://www.in.gov/dol/youth-employment/youth-employment-home/.  Whether it’s a summer job or year-round employment, parents and employers should learn what’s legal – and illegal – when employing minors.

For instance, if your child is under 16 years old, here are places and types of work they can NOT legally perform.  Some of them might surprise you! Factory work, mining, operate power driven machinery, cooking / baking, meat coolers or cold storage rooms, meat processing, warehouses, holding signs for advertising or waving banners, wear costumes for advertising, construction / demolition / repair work, window washing or using ladders and scaffolding, roofing.

If a minor under 16 years old suffers an injury doing any of this work, the employer’s legal liability is subject to extra penalty under the Indiana Worker’s Compensation law.  You can research even more specific information about child labor in the Indiana Code 22-2-18.1-23 Minors working in hazardous occupations prohibited.  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2021/ic/titles/022#22-8

Here are hazardous jobs the law prohibits 16 and 17-year-old kids from doing: working around explosives, radioactive substances or toxic material; operating cranes; operating metal fabricating machines; using saws, blades or woodchippers; roofing, excavation or demolition; operating balers, compactors or paper production machines.

Over time, we’ve helped young clients hurt doing summer jobs.  Their immigration status does not prevent them from making legal claims.  We don’t want our kids getting hurt.  They need to learn safety and watch the right way to conduct business.  When an accident does happen, I’ll fight to protect your claim.  If you or someone you know suffers an injury at work, contact our attorneys at Goodin Abernathy – we’ll protect your legal rights!