Indiana, like many other states, operates under the comparative fault rules for car accidents. Comparative fault rules mean that if you’ve been in a car accident and have been found responsible for any part of it, then you must pay for your part even if you were not the one that caused the accident. For example, another driver may have rear-ended you while driving, but if you were not wearing a seatbelt or if you slammed on your brakes, you may be at least partially responsible. You are required to pay for your part in the car accident, and the damages are usually reduced from your final settlement amount.
Additionally, Indiana is a modified comparative fault state, which means that if you are found to be at fault for 50% or more of the collision, then you will not be able to seek any damages at all. Because these laws severely affect the potential outcome of your case, it’s important to seek out a qualified car accident lawyer to handle your lawsuit.
Anyone filing a personal injury lawsuit in Indiana must do so within two years of the time of the injury, or within two years from the time the injury was found out.