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A car accident can change a life in an instant. In addition to physical pain, injury victims are often left with emotional and financial burdens that can affect their lives for months or years to come.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Dallas, you may want to pursue compensation for damages through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. An official crash report documenting the details of the wreck could prove to be a key piece of evidence for your claim.
How to Obtain a Crash Report
At the scene of the accident, the first thing you should do is ensure anyone with serious injuries gets immediate medical treatment. Even if you don’t believe you are hurt, you should still get examined by a doctor later, as car accident victims often experience shock that can mask an injury. Your physician will also be able to create official documentation that can help with your injury claim.
If you are able to stay at the scene, your next step should be to call the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, and officers will arrive to take down all the necessary information.
The police officer should document:
- The date, time, and location of the crash;
- Any potential causes of the collision;
- The names, addresses, and phone numbers of those involved;
- Statements from passengers and other witnesses;
- A description of any injuries and property damage that resulted; and
- Conditions present at the crash scene.
The department will make the report available later, and you can call the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-3375 to check on the status of your traffic accident report.
Once the crash report is available, you can request a copy online by visiting the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office website.
You can also purchase a copy in person at the Frank Crowley Courts Building, Fiscal Department at 133 North Riverfront Blvd, 1st Floor, Dallas, TX 75207, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
To get your copy by mail, you will need to send a self-addressed and stamped envelope with a money order (no personal checks) in the amount of $6 made payable to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. The mailing address is: Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Attn: Fiscal, 133 North Riverfront Blvd, LB-31, Dallas, TX 75207-4313