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Determining Fault in Indianapolis-Area School Bus Crash

Determining Fault in Indianapolis-Area School Bus Crash

An accident involving a school bus and passenger vehicle resulted in injuries for both drivers, according to a May 2, 2017 report released by Indianapolis’ ABC affiliate RTV Channel 6 News. The incident occurred early in the morning on Indiana State Route 32 just west of the town of Anderson, about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Witness accounts and evidence at the scene indicate that the car crossed the road centerline and collided with the left front corner of the school bus. Two of the three students on board the bus reported minor injuries, though the third was not harmed. The injured bus operator who was transported to an area hospital may have a case against the driver of the car to recover compensation for his losses. The key in the case will come down to proof of fault, and Indiana auto accident attorneys typically look to three sources to establishing liability.

  1. Police Reports: If officers responded to the scene of the car accident, there will be a report of the incident. The statements of officers and witnesses contained in the paperwork may be evidence of fault – perhaps because it indicates that police issued a citation. The police report may also include drawings of the vehicles or how they were traveling, providing support for your case.
  2. Indiana Motor Vehicle Law: State law includes numerous regulations, and a violation of these rules of the road can help you establish negligence of the other driver. For instance, there are regulations governing speed limits, right of way for vehicles, and traffic signs. Not following these requirements raises the implication that the other motorist was at fault, which is key to your claim of negligence in a car accident case.
  3. Location of Damage to the Vehicle: You may also be able to prove negligence by reviewing the damage to the other driver’s vehicle. The location of dents, scrapes, scratches, and other issues can reveal how the accident occurred. For instance:
  •  Rear End Collisions: A driver who collides with the rear of your car is at fault 99 percent of the time, regardless of why you stopped your car. It’s a fundamental rule of the road that any driver behind you should be able to stop safely according to traffic. If the damage on the car is at the rear, this may establish negligence.
  • Left Turn Crashes: Oncoming traffic has right-of-way, so a driver attempting a left turn across lanes is at fault if the maneuver causes a crash. If you note damage to the front left side of your car – like the bus in the case above – the motorist making the left turn may be negligent.

Consult with an Indiana Car Accident Lawyer About Your Case

If you were injured in an accident, it’s necessary to prove that the other driver was responsible if you want to recover compensation for your losses. There are different factors that may help you establish the critical element of fault, but applying Indiana negligence laws to the facts requires an extensive legal background in car accident cases. By retaining an experienced attorney, you in a better position to take on pushy insurance companies in settlement negotiations or in court. For more information on proving fault in car accident cases, please contact Holland & Holland LLC. Our skilled lawyers are happy to answer your questions or schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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