How to Obtain a Crash Report From Police
If you were involved in a car accident and the police respond to the accident, there should be an accident report made by the investigating officer. Officially, this is known as a Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3). If you are injured as result of the accident and you wisely hire an attorney, one of the first things that he or she will request from you is a copy of the accident report. Due to their confidential nature, Texas accident reports are not available for online viewing by the general public in accordance with Texas law. However, if would like you would like to get a copy of the accident report, here’s how. There are two methods of obtaining a copy of a Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3). One is by ordering a copy online and the other is via mail. How Do You Order an Accident Report Online? You can obtain a copy of the accident report right away if the Texas Department of Transportation has already made the report available online for purchase. If the link does not work the website is:
- Name of a person involved in the crash
- Driver License/Identification Card Number of a person involved in the crash
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of a vehicle involved in the crash
- TxDOT Crash ID assigned to the crash
- Form CR-91, Request for Copy of Peace Officer’s Crash Report is near the bottom of the page.
- $6 for a standard copy
- $8 for a certified copy
- A law enforcement officer who in the regular course of duty investigates a motor vehicle accident shall make a written report of the accident if the accident resulted in injury to or the death of a person or damage to the property of any one person to the apparent extent of $1,000 or more.
- The report required by Subsection (a) must be filed with the department not later than the 10th day after the date of the accident.
- any person involved in the accident;
- the authorized representative of any person involved in the accident;
- a driver involved in the accident;
- an employer, parent, or legal guardian of a driver involved in the accident;
- the owner of a vehicle or property damaged in the accident;
- a person who has established financial responsibility for a vehicle involved in the accident in a manner described by Section 051, including a policyholder of a motor vehicle liability insurance policy covering the vehicle;
- an insurance company that issued an insurance policy covering a vehicle involved in the accident;
- an insurance company that issued a policy covering any person involved in the accident;
- a person under contract to provide claims or underwriting information to a person described by Paragraph (F), (G), or (H);
- a radio or television station that holds a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission;
- a newspaper that is:
- a free newspaper of general circulation or qualified under Section 2051.044, Government Code, to publish legal notices;
- published at least once a week; and
- available and of interest to the general public in connection with the dissemination of news; or
- any person who may sue because of death resulting from the accident.
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