How to Read Your Texas Car Accident Report
Get straight answers to your complicated questions from an Austin auto accident attorney
Police officers investigating car accidents in Texas fill out a Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report. This 4-page-long document contains a wide range of information about your car accident, from the suspected cause of the accident to an estimate of the amount of property damage sustained in the accident.
Decoding this form can be tricky. That's why we created this guide to help you better understand your crash report. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact our law firm. We have years of experience working with victims of car accidents in Austin, Houston, San Antonio and other cities throughout Texas.
Give your car crash the attention it rightfully deserves. Contact us today. Call (512) 476-5757 and schedule a case evaluation. We can carefully review your Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report and decide the best legal strategy for winning your case.
Pages on Your Accident Report
Some of the most important sections on this page include the section marked "Type of Alcohol Specimen Taken." Specifically, make note of what the police officer marked for "Test Results" in this section. Also pay attention to what the officer wrote in response to the question, "In your opinion, did this crash result in at least $1,000 damage to any one person's property?" The officer's opinion could affect how much you receive in compensation from insurance companies.
The top half of page 2 in the Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report focuses on specific details about your accident. These include "Sol," which stands for solicitation and whether the driver or passenger wants to be contacted by a lawyer or health care professional. Also note what the officer wrote in the column labeled "injury code" in the same row. The answer to this question can make a big difference when it comes to being paid for medical expenses. The bottom half of this page focuses on the "factors and conditions" that results in your car accident. Read this section very carefully and make note if you agree with the officer's assessment or not. If you disagree, we can work with you to correct this information.
Make sure the information on page 3 of your crash report is correct, including the exact time and location of your accident. Particular sections or lines to pay attention to include line 18 about "hazardous material." Did the officer mark if hazardous material was released or spilled?
The final page of your crash report concerns commercial motor vehicles. If a tractor-trailer or another commercial truck caused your accident, the police officer investigating your accident must fill out this supplemental page. As you can tell from reading the seven-section note listed for item number one on this page, commercial truck accidents can be very complicated. Don't try to take on large trucking companies or insurance providers on your own. Get the help you need now. Contact us today and discover what Bertolino, LLP can do for you.
If you have been injured in a Texas auto accident, contact the Austin car accident lawyers at Bertolino LLP today.