How to Obtain a Car Accident Report in Dallas
Have you been in a car accident in Dallas? If so, you should get a copy of the police report for the incident. The police report often assigns fault for the car accident (fault can be assigned to you, the other driver, or partial fault can be assigned to both drivers). Since the assignment of fault for a Dallas car accident is used as a determining factor by auto insurance companies processing claims and assigning liability, you may need the police report to back your claim.
How Can a Police Report Help You When Your Car Accident Claim is Being Processed?
When it comes to determining who pays for injuries sustained during a car accident, auto insurance companies look to the “at fault” party. If the other driver in the car accident tells their insurance company that you were at fault, they will deny your claim, unless you can prove you were not at fault. If you obtain a copy of the police report, you will likely have proof of who was at fault that you could use to back up your injury claim.
Is the Car Accident Police Report Available Online?
Many Dallas police reports, such as police reports regarding arrests and other offenses, are posted online, but crash reports are not. The Dallas Police Department suggests calling to check the availability of a car accident report. They also make it very clear that no crash reports are available online; they must be obtained by mail or picked up in person. Crash reports are available by fax or email only for judicial agencies and Texas law enforcement.
How Do I Get a Copy of My Dallas Car Accident Report?
In Texas, the accident report is usually referred to as a “Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report,” but it is also called a CR-3 form. If you need to obtain a copy, you have a few options:
- Hire an experienced Dallas car accident attorney, and they obtain the necessary report on your behalf.
- Visit the Dallas Police Department in person to request a copy. (A payment is required for the copy).
- Request a copy of the car accident report in writing by mailing a letter to the Dallas Police Records Section along with the required payment.
- Request a copy digitally through the Texas Department of Transportation Crash Report Online Purchase System (payment is required).
Once you receive your car accident report, review it for accuracy as soon as possible. If there is a mistake, you want to address it as quickly as possible.
If you need help obtaining a copy of the police report after a Dallas car accident, please contact the car accident attorneys at Carrollton’s Hudson Law Firm. We put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.