There are a few important steps you must take after a car accident if you
intend to file a claim. In Texas, a driver needs to complete a police
report after an accident or submit a Crash Report, Form CR-2 within 10
days of the collision if the accident resulted in injuries, death, or
property damages exceeding $1,000. However, it can be difficult to complete
these actions if you’re driven away in an ambulance. So, what should
you do if the police report isn’t ready and you don’t have
the other driver’s information?
Why Do I Need a Police Report?
A police report is comprised of critical evidence that can prove the defending
party is responsible for the accident. To secure a beneficial settlement
or verdict, your attorney needs to prove 3 key factors: the defendant
was behaving negligently at the time of the accident, the defendant’s
act of negligence caused or contributed to the accident, and your injuries
and financial losses are a result of the accident. For this reason, your
lawyer needs the information included in the police report to negotiate
with the defendant’s insurance company.
A police report – if completed in its entirety – should include
the following information:
- The date and location of the crash.
- The contact information of any drivers involved in the accident.
- The names, contact information, and statements of key witnesses.
- The officer’s interpretation of events.
How Can I Get a Copy of the Police Report?
The police department that responded to the accident may need 7-10 days
to process the report. Once it is available, you can obtain a copy of
the report in person, online ($7.50 fee), or by mail ($6 fee).
You need to know the following details to receive a copy of the police report:
- The date of the accident.
- The location of the accident.
- The names of the drivers and passengers involved in the accident.
We recommend going to the police department and requesting a copy in person.
In light of privacy laws, the online copy may be missing specific information,
including names and contact information. If you choose to request a copy
by mail, be sure to include a check or money order for the fee and a stamped,
It’s important to understand that you aren’t without recourse
if, for some reason, the police report isn’t immediately available.
For instance, you can work with your insurance provider to handle any
property damage costs, utilize your health insurance for medical treatments,
and even benefit from your uninsured motorist coverage if the at-fault
driver doesn’t have an insurance policy. Your attorney can help
you recover monetary damages that reimburse you for any injury-related expenses.
How the Attorneys at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC Can Help You
car accident lawyers at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC if you require legal guidance or representation
after a collision. We can investigate your case, compile critical evidence,
and start completing essential pretrial work while you’re waiting
for the police report. If there is any information missing from the police
report, we can contact the insurance providers and collect witness statements
to fill in the blanks. When your future and financial security is dependent
upon the outcome of a case, turn to a legal team with the skills, resources,
and experience to maximize your claim.
We’re available 24/7.
Call The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC at (512) 271-5112 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.