Reading Your Texas Car Accident Report
Your recovery from a car accident in Texas can be difficult, but getting your accident report and understanding what it means should be simple. As a service to you, we are providing a copy of a sample Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report with our comments. You can download the document below and compare it to your accident report.
Accident reports can be key evidence in a personal injury claim. Many insurance companies require a copy of your accident report to process your claim. If you were injured or sustained property damage, you should know exactly what the investigating officer said.
To obtain a copy of your Texas car accident report, visit the Texas Department of Transportation website at the following link: http://www.txdot.gov/driver/laws/crash-reports.html.
Understanding Your Accident Report
Carefully review the information below. Our Houston car accident lawyers have provided tips for reading your Texas accident report. If you need help, contact Smith & Hassler immediately. We can help you review your report, free of charge. Call (713) 739-1250 for your free case consultation today.
On your report, you will find the time, date and location of your crash. This includes the county name, city name, street name and whether your crash happened at an intersection or a construction zone. If the accident is fatal, involves a commercial vehicle, a school bus or a hit-and-run driver, this information will be recorded at the top of page one.
Driver information, vehicle information and alcohol/drug information are also recorded by responding or investigating officers on page one of the report.
Driver information includes:
- Name, address and phone number
- Driver's license state, number, type and status
- Driver's age, ethnicity and gender
Vehicle information includes:
- Make, model and body style
- License plate number
- Vehicle identification number (VIN)
- Insurance company name and policy number
Drug/alcohol information includes:
- Whether a sobriety test was administered
- Type of specimen taken (or if a driver refused)
- Sobriety test results
If charges were filed against a driver, passenger or pedestrian at the scene of the accident, his or her information (and citation number) is put on record on page two. Below on the same page, law enforcement details the time they were notified of the crash, time they arrived at the accident scene and the responding officer's name and badge number.
If a commercial vehicle (such as a truck or bus) was involved in the accident, details are recorded here on page two. Accidents involving commercial vehicles require additional information such as carrier name, cargo type and vehicle weight. Additional driver information includes license class and permits.
The crash narrative and diagram on page two are used by accident investigators to record their opinion of how the accident happened. This includes a pictorial diagram of the accident scene and the order of events leading up to the accident.
On page three, information for all passengers and bystanders is recorded. This includes seating position, seatbelt use, airbag deployment and whether a passenger was ejected or killed. Vehicle information is also recorded, including if a vehicle was towed and where. The "injury" code box reflects the type of injuries each passenger sustains in the crash.
On page four, officers record where injury victims are taken, including ambulance unit and hospital identification information. If an accident victim is killed at the accident scene or dies within 30 days of the crash, the date and time of death are recorded on the accident report.
At Smith & Hassler, an experienced Houston attorney can assist you or your loved one with your case. Call (713) 739-1250 for your free case consultation today.