What are the reporting requirements in Texas?
It is crucial you report any car accident even if it is not serious as a police report of the event can help in an investigation when trying to determine who is responsible for the accident. However, in Texas, you are only legally supposed to report serious car accidents. There are specific requirements to meet before you can report a car accident, the property damage needs to be at least one thousand dollars and there need to be physical injuries done to the people in the accident. If you find yourself in a very serious car accident you must call 911 from the scene of the accident and try not to move from the scene. When getting through to the police, tell them your name and details and that you have been in a car accident. Even though Texas does not need to report car accidents you may still be required to fill out the CR-2 crash report for your own safety and records.
Is it bad if you don’t report your accident?
If you do not report your accident when the law legally requires you to then this is seen as defying the law and can result in penalties or arrest if you are involved in a hit-and-run incident. In some cases, the other driver may make you feel pressured into not contacting the police or filing a report especially if they know they are to blame and are going to get in trouble. However, no matter what you should never give in to this pressure or any bribes the other driver may give you and file a txdot crash report.
What do police do at the scene of an accident?
If drivers feel they are at fault in an accident they may try to refrain from getting the police involved as this usually comes with fines and penalties for causing an accident. Whilst this is true, you should always contact the police if you’re in an accident, whether you are at fault or not. Sometimes even if you are partially responsible for the crash you can receive compensation from the other driver’s insurance company to fix any of the damages you may have. This is why it is so important to file a police report as this could provide any evidence needed to get more insurance. The police officer at the scene of the accident will take notes and statements from those involved, including the details and information of each driver, their cars, registration plates, etc. This police report may be your only hope as it contains all the vital information you need to provide to your lawyer which can help you to claim your accident insurance. You can get this by contacting the nearest police station to where the accident happened, there you may have to pay a small fee for it. Your lawyer can then protect your rights and claim this compensation for the accident on your behalf.