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Filing a police report...what should you know?

Here at Ashmore and Ashmore, our compassionate team understand that being in a car accident can be super overwhelming, especially when the accident results in serious injury to the driver, passenger or even sometimes pedestrians.

After the accident, you will need to report it to your insurance and file a claim for damages. However, if you have a police report for the accident before filing a claim or speaking to insurers, then you can use that report as evidence to support your claim.

So let's walk through it together!


What should I do after an accident in TX?

After an accident, drivers in TX, must immediately pull their vehicle over at the scene of the accident, and then check to see if anyone requires aid. IF you do not stop at the scene of an accident you were involved in, you can be charged with a hit and run.


Should I call 911?

In Texas law, it says that you must call a police officer from the scene of an accident if it results in injuries, fatalities or at least $1,000 worth of damage. Make sure you call FROM the scene, and make sure you do not admit fault for anything while speaking to the officer.


Filing

You have two choices when filing a report in Texas, either file a report with the responding officer at the scene of the accident, or you can file with the Texas DOT after the accident if there are no injuries, fatalities or property damage.

Write down the police report number and make sure to see if the responding officer submitted the crash report to the Texas DOT within 10 days of the accident.

IF you don't file a police report, make sure you're still collect witness statements and take pictures of the accident scene before leaving.


Finally it's important to remember that filing a police report does not mean you automatically have an insurance claim. You can still file a police report without speaking to your insurance company. IN FACT, make sure you consult with an experienced attorney before discussing the details of your case to an insurance adjusters. We can give you all your best options and get the best settlement for YOU. Visit our website www.ashmorelawfirm.com for more information !




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