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What is the First Thing I Should Do after a Texas Car Accident?

Following a car crash, two of the most important things you can do are report the crash to the authorities, provided you are conscious and able to do so, and seek medical attention for any pain, injuries, or discomfort.

Is Filing a Report with the Police Necessary?

In Texas, there are very few situations in which filing a crash report with the authorities is not required and it is in your best interest to file a report whenever an accident occurs. Texas law recognizes two types of crash reports, those filed by law enforcement officers and those filed by a driver.

A Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3) is completed by a law enforcement officer investigating a crash when the crash being investigated:

  • results in death
  • results in injury
  • results in damage to the property of any one person to the apparent extent of $1,000 or more

Texas Transportation Code §550.062 requires that the responding officer submit such a report to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) no later than the 10th day after the date of the crash at which point TxDOT will retain the report for 10 years plus the current year.

A Driver’s Crash Report (CR-2), also known as a Blue Form, is a report that is completed by a driver involved in a crash that is not investigated by a law enforcement officer. Similar to a Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report, Texas Transportation Code §550.061 requires that a Driver’s Crash Report be completed when a crash:

  • results in death
  • results in Injury
  • results in damage to the property of any one person to the apparent extent of $1,000 or more

State retention schedule for Driver’s Crash Reports is one year plus the current year.

For more information on how to file a Driver’s Crash Report, visit or blog entry “How Do I File and Retrieve an Accident Report in Texas?”

Why Is It Important to Seek Medical Attention?

Getting adequate medical attention after an auto accident is vital to both your physical recovery and financial recovery. Failure to seek medical attention for any pain or discomfort that appears after a collision may result in those injuries getting worse. Additionally, the defense will try to claim that any delays to get medical treatment are an indication that your injuries or not that extensive or were not caused by the accident at all.

It is also important to remember that your injuries may not be immediately evident. For example, what seems to be stiffness could be an indication of soft tissue damage. Having a doctor diagnose discomfort will help you better understand your condition and will begin building records which you and your attorney can refer back to when determining damages.

Some examples of injuries you may sustain include:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Strained ligaments
  • Back muscle sprains
  • Scrapes and Cuts
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Chest injuries
    • Bruising
    • Contusions
    • Broken ribs
    • Internal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Jaw injuries
  • Loss of teeth
  • Neck injuries
    • Crushed larynx
    • Crushed trachea
    • Broken neck
  • Pelvic injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Penetration injuries

Contact an Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve. Our team of injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

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