Nobody in Fort Worth wants to be involved in a car wreck. But sometimes, despite our best driving, someone else’s negligence causes a motor vehicle collision. If that happens to you, make sure that a police report is filled out by a local police officer. The report, which is officially called the Texas Peace Officers Crash Report, is filled out in almost every car accident in the state of Texas. These are usually two-four page reports that are full of information. There’s great information including the name and addresses of all drivers and passengers involved in the accident, the names of the insurance companies and the policy numbers, the location of towed cars, where the people were taken by ambulance, and much more.
Most importantly, the report contains the opinion of the investigating officer as to who is at fault for the car accident. The investigating officer will interview the drivers and any witnesses, then come up with the results of his or her investigation. Unfortunately, trying to interpret the report is sometimes difficult. You have to look at Box 36 on the second page of the Crash Report. Under the heading of “factors contributing” to the accident, the police officer will assign a number. You will then have to look for the number from another code sheet.
When we look at a police report at the Anderson Law Firm in Fort Worth, one the first things we do is flip to the second page of the report to see who the officer assigned as being at fault. If you’ve been involved in an accident and you have questions on how to interpret this police report, give us a call, we’ll be glad to help you out and to figure out exactly what the officer says was the cause of the accident.
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