After a Car Accident: Why You Should Call Police & How to Request a Police Accident Report in Houston

After a Car Accident: Why You Should Call Police & How to Request a Police Accident Report in Houston

by Stewart Guss, Attorney At Law | Jan 15, 2020

When a car accident happens, chaos follows. 

You’re in pain. Your property is damaged or lost. You feel frozen and afraid of making the wrong choice. 

We understand. We’ve helped thousands of people through this, and now we’re making it our mission to help you.

When it comes to what to do after a car accident, calling the police is a smart move. For starters, officers can help you and other victims get medical care while directing traffic flow and preventing more crashes. Police reports can also be essential when it comes to:

  • Investigating the accident
  • Collecting witness statements
  • Gathering evidence at the scene
  • Figuring out who is at fault for the crash

A police report can support your statements in an insurance negotiation or in court. If you have questions about your rights and a potential car accident claim, contact our Houston car accident attorneys for free answers and professional advice. In addition to being beneficial, we should remind you that calling the police is sometimes required.

Texas Law: When Am I Required to Report a Car Accident?

Drivers in Texas are required by state law[1] to call police and report a car accident whenever a crash results in:

  • Injury
  • Death
  • Damaged vehicles that cannot be driven away from the scene

Failing to report these car accidents to police can land you in deep trouble, including fines and criminal charges.  

Even if no one is hurt, things can get messy. There are other circumstances where summoning police can protect you and your rights after an accident. For example:

  • You suspect another driver may be intoxicated.
  • Another involved driver has fled the scene of the accident.
  • Another involved driver has no insurance or no license.
  • Any other involved party is threatening you or harassing you.

Top 4 Reasons to Call Police After a Car Accident in Houston

When police respond to a car accident in Houston, they do a lot more than ask you questions or divert rubberneckers. They will write up an official accident report in order to:

  • Document important details about the crash
  • Record who the involved parties are and how they appeared and behaved after the crash
  • Record whether any involved party was issued a criminal citation or placed under arrest
  • Note important details about the road and weather conditions at the time of the crash
  • Illustrate the scene with a diagram

Since police reports contain all of the important info listed above, they can be vital to your claim. Below are the top 4 reasons to call police after a car accident: 

  1. Figuring out who is at fault for the accident
  2. Establishing the extent and severity of the injuries victims suffered
  3. Proving property damage
  4. Finding other key evidence, like witness statements and breathalyzer test results, which may be integral to successful car accident cases

How to Request a Police Report for a Houston Car Accident

There are three ways to request police car accident reports in Houston:

  1. Mail: Download and complete the B. 2633 Crash Report Form. Mail it to the following address, along with a $6 check or money order made payable to the City of Houston and a self-addressed, stamped envelope:

Houston Police Department, Records Division

1200 Travis

Houston, TX 77002

  1. Online: You can find, purchase, and download a Houston police car accident report here.
  2. In person: Visit the Records Division of the Houston Police Department in person at 1200 Travis Street between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. The cost is $6.
  3. When trying to obtain police accident reports, please note that:
  • They are typically available between 5 and 8 days after the date of the crash.
  • You will need at least two pieces of the following information in order to request the report for your accident:
    1. The date of the accident
    2. The location of the accident
    3. The name(s) of the involved party or parties
    4. The incident number
  • These reports do not always capture every detail—and they can even get some details wrong. It’s important to review these reports and reach out to the officer to promptly correct any wrong information or inaccuracy.
  • Our Houston lawyers can handle this for you. We can obtain and review your police accident report, and we can also use it to figure out your legal options and come up with a strategy for your recovery.

We represent victims in all kinds of car accident cases, including drunk driving crashes, Uber and Lyft accidents, UPS wrecks, FedEx accidents, and more. In our 20 year history of serving the Houston area, we’ve seen it all. No matter how complex a case may be, we have the skills and the experience fight for you.

Experienced Houston Car Accident Lawyers Are Ready to Help 

 

A car accident can be the most stressful thing that’s ever happened to you. One accident can change your life – but so can one victory with us. 

Don’t go through this alone.  

You deserve professional legal counsel and dedicated guidance. You can rely on our Houston car accident lawyers to follow up with you and keep your best interests at the forefront of their minds, every step of the way. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, now’s the time to contact us. It’s the first step to getting the compensation you deserve. 

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Semi-Truck Accidents: Causes and Effects of 18-wheeler accidents in Houston

Semi-Truck Accidents: Causes and Effects of 18-wheeler accidents in Houston

Commercial trucks are everywhere. With a whopping 15.5 million of them on our U.S. roads each day, carrying 70 percent of all manufactured and retail cargo in the country, it’s impossible to drive far without seeing one.  

Unfortunately, this means commercial trucks are also involved in collisions – often.

While these accidents may be caused by an assortment of factors, they typically involve negligent, careless, or reckless behavior.

Below, we share more about why and where truck accidents happen—and how you can find a helpful attorney when one has happened to you. 

(If you need answers fast, contact our Houston truck accident lawyers. We can explain your rights and help you seek the recovery you may deserve. If you can’t come to our offices for a free case evaluation, we can visit you at your home, the hospital, or another location that is more convenient for you.)

Truck Accidents per Year

Why Are There So Many Truck Accidents?

It’s simple: people make mistakes. But when your mistake involves a massive 80,000 lb. automobile, lives can be lost. 

In fact, according to federal transportation authorities, human error causes most traffic collisions.[2] 

Each year, at least 1 out of every 3 deadly truck wrecks involves driver-related factors.[1]

Some careless driver behaviors that commonly cause truck accidents include:

  • Speeding: This is the most common driver behavior that causes deadly truck accidents. It’s also 100% preventable. No deadline is worth jeopardizing a life.
  • Distracted driving: As the second most common cause of fatal truck accidents, driver distraction can include texting, checking the GPS, eating, changing the radio station, or doing anything else that diverts attention from the road.
  • Driver impairment: Another common cause of truck wrecks, driver impairment, can involve alcohol, drugs, or extreme fatigue. Even legally prescribed or over-the-counter drugs can impair someone’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.
  • Vehicle equipment failure: Tire blowouts often end up causing truck accidents. While tire failure can result from poorly-made tires, it may also happen when trucks are overloaded or when tires are not properly maintained by motor carriers and drivers. Routine truck inspection and preventative maintenance are the responsibilities of truckers and their employers.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the causes of semi-truck hazards. Construction zones, bad weather, and more can all cause truck accidents.

Why Are There So Many Truck Accidents?

It’s simple: people make mistakes. But when your mistake involves a massive 80,000 lb. automobile, lives can be lost. 

In fact, according to federal transportation authorities, human error causes most traffic collisions.[2] 

Each year, at least 1 out of every 3 deadly truck wrecks involves driver-related factors.[1]

Some careless driver behaviors that commonly cause truck accidents include:

  • Speeding: This is the most common driver behavior that causes deadly truck accidents. It’s also 100% preventable. No deadline is worth jeopardizing a life.
  • Distracted driving: As the second most common cause of fatal truck accidents, driver distraction can include texting, checking the GPS, eating, changing the radio station, or doing anything else that diverts attention from the road.
  • Driver impairment: Another common cause of truck wrecks, driver impairment, can involve alcohol, drugs, or extreme fatigue. Even legally prescribed or over-the-counter drugs can impair someone’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.
  • Vehicle equipment failure: Tire blowouts often end up causing truck accidents. While tire failure can result from poorly-made tires, it may also happen when trucks are overloaded or when tires are not properly maintained by motor carriers and drivers. Routine truck inspection and preventative maintenance are the responsibilities of truckers and their employers.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the causes of semi-truck hazards. Construction zones, bad weather, and more can all cause truck accidents.

Where and Where Do Most Truck Accidents Occur?

18-wheeler crashes can happen anywhere. Looking at recent statistics[1] from federal authorities, however, we notice some trends:

  • 57% of fatal truck accidents happen on rural roads
  • 27% of deadly semi wrecks occur on Interstate highways
  • 13% of these crashes happen on rural Interstate highways
  • 30% of fatal work zone crashes and 12% of nonfatal work zone crashes involve at least one commercial truck

Additionally, federal transportation data reveals fatal truck accidents are most likely to occur:

  • At night: About 35% of deadly truck accidents and 22% of nonfatal truck wrecks happen between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Given the reduced visibility at night, as well as the spike intoxicated drivers on the road, it makes sense that so many truck accidents happen during these late-night and early-morning hours.
  • On weekdays: About 83% of deadly truck crashes and 88% of nonfatal truck accidents happen on a weekday. Due to our work schedules, there are far more vehicles on the road Monday through Friday. This means more complicated traffic conditions – another ingredient in the recipe for a truck accident.

  • Fatal Truck Accidents on Rural Roads 57% 57%
  • deadly semi wrecks occur on Interstate highways 27% 27%
  • crashes happen on rural Interstate highways 13% 13%
  • fatal work zone crashes involve at least one commercial truck 30% 30%
  • deadly truck crashes happen on a weekday 83% 83%

 

    How to Find the Best Houston Truck Accident Lawyer for Your Case

    After you or your loved one is hurt in a truck accident, connecting with the right attorney can make a huge difference in your recovery. Here are some tips on how to set yourself up for success and select the right lawyer for you:

    1. Check out an attorney’s website to make sure they handle cases for accidents like yours. Also, look for information about any professional recognition, honors, and awards an attorney has earned.
    2. Read testimonials for the lawyer. This can include reviews on the lawyer’s website, as well as on lawyer directory sites like Avvo.
    3. Check a lawyer’s credentials and standing with the state bar association. Here’s the attorney search tool for the Texas State Bar Association.
    4. Meet with the lawyer to get a feel for their experience, attitude, and ability to help you. Many will provide free consultations.

    If you’re pressed for time and want to talk to an experienced lawyer with a long-standing record of success ASAP, contact one of our Houston truck accident attorneys. Our firm has more than 20 years of experience helping 18-wheeler accident victims seek the justice and compensation they deserve.

    Experienced Houston Truck Accident Lawyers Are Ready to Help

     

    The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can help.

    If you decide to partner with us, you will pay nothing upfront and absolutely nothing at all unless we successful resolve your case.

    Nationally recognized and locally lauded, our Houston truck accident attorneys fight tirelessly for our clients as if they were our own family. We’re more than your attorneys – we’re your allies and your advocates. No matter how complex your case may be, you can count on us for aggressive representation and client-focused service.

    Become a part of our long-standing record of excellence and success in truck accident cases.

    The aftermath of a truck accident is never a good experience, but we try our best to make it an easy one.