Posted by : attorney stevelee 07 June 2018

Getting a Police Report After Your Car Crash

When a vehicle collision causes injuries or results in substantial property damage, a police officer will likely visit the scene, investigate the accident, and file a police report. Collisions can be scary and confusing, so it’s helpful to know when and how to obtain a police report before the accident occurs.

The Police Report

A police report may or may not include the responding officer’s conclusions regarding the primary cause of an accident, but it typically contains:

  • The date, time, and accident location.
  • The names of the owners and drivers of all vehicles, and any passengers.
  • A description of the weather, lighting, and traffic conditions.
  • The names and addresses of injury victims and a description of their injuries.
  • The names of any witnesses.
  • A description of the vehicles involved.
  • A diagram of the accident scene, displaying the intersection, traffic lanes, vehicle positions, and skid marks.
  • A description of any property damage.

Obtaining the Police Report

You can obtain a copy of the report by contacting the police department responding to the accident. In Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is the custodian of crash records for the state. A copy of the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3) is available from TxDOT online. This system delivers a certified copy of the report immediately, at a cost of eight dollars. Copies may also be purchased by mail by completing and mailing a request form (CR-91) and payment. In some cases, a report may also be obtained by contacting the local police department.

You Need Your Police Report

If you’ve been injured in a vehicle collision, a police report can be helpful when dealing with insurance companies or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. Your attorney can obtain and evaluate this vital piece of evidence on your behalf, to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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