2020 Indiana Code
Title 9. Motor Vehicles
Article 26. Accidents and Accident Reports
Chapter 1. Duties of Drivers, Owners, and Passengers and Accident Reports
9-26-1-1.5. Duties of Passenger of Vehicle Involved in Accident Resulting in Injury or Entrapment; Violation

Universal Citation: IN Code § 9-26-1-1.5 (2020)

Sec. 1.5. (a) If:

(1) the operator of a motor vehicle is physically incapable of determining the need for or rendering assistance to any injured or entrapped person as required under section 1.1(a)(3) of this chapter;

(2) there is another occupant in the motor vehicle at the time of the accident who is:

(A) at least:

(i) fifteen (15) years of age and holds a learner's permit issued under IC 9-24-7-1 or a driver's license issued under IC 9-24-11; or

(ii) eighteen (18) years of age; and

(B) capable of determining the need for and rendering reasonable assistance to injured or entrapped persons as provided in section 1.1(a)(3) of this chapter; and

(3) the other occupant in the motor vehicle knows that the operator of the motor vehicle is physically incapable of determining the need for or rendering assistance to any injured or entrapped person;

the motor vehicle occupant referred to in subdivisions (2) and (3) shall immediately determine the need for and render reasonable assistance to each person injured or entrapped in the accident as provided in section 1.1(a)(3) of this chapter.

(b) If there is more than one (1) motor vehicle occupant to whom subsection (a) applies, it is a defense to a prosecution of one (1) motor vehicle occupant under subsection (a) that the defendant reasonably believed that another occupant of the motor vehicle determined the need for and rendered reasonable assistance as required under subsection (a).

(c) A person who knowingly or intentionally violates this section commits a Class C misdemeanor.

As added by P.L.126-2008, SEC.4. Amended by P.L.125-2012, SEC.293; P.L.217-2014, SEC.105; P.L.188-2015, SEC.100.

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