During the 84th Legislative Session, Texas Transportation Code §550.065 allows for the release of a crash report on written request and upon payment of the required fee to any person directly concerned in the accident or having proper interest therein, including:
(A) Any person involved in the accident (B) The authorized representative of any person involved in the accident (C) A driver involved in the accident (D) An employer, parent or legal guardian of a driver involved in the accident (E) The owner of a vehicle or property damaged in the accident (F) A person who has established financial responsibility for a vehicle involved in the accident in a manner described in Texas Transportation Code 601.501, including a policyholder of a motor vehicle (G) An insurance company that issued an insurance policy covering a vehicle involved in the accident (H) An insurance company that issued a policy covering any person involved in the accident (I) A person under contract to provide claims or underwriting to a person described in sections (F), (G) or (H) (J) A radio or television station that holds a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission (K) A newspaper that is a free newspaper of general circulation or qualified under Section 2051.044, Government Code, to publish legal notices; published at least once a week; and available and of interest to the general public in connection with the dissemination of news (L) Any person who may sue because of death resulting from the accident. (M) Any agency of the United States, this state (Texas), or a local government of this state (Texas)
If a person or entity does not meet any of these criteria, TxDOT does provide the option on the CR-91 form to provide a detailed explanation as to how they meet the criteria in a manner that is not listed in the above reasons (A) through (M). Persons or entities who do not meet the criteria will receive a redacted copy of the crash report.