Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 550.081
Report of Medical Examiner or Justice of the Peace


In this section:


“Department” means the Texas Department of Transportation.


“Bridge collapse” means the abrupt failure of the basic structure of a bridge that impairs the ability of the bridge to serve its intended purpose and that damages a highway located on or under the structure.


A medical examiner or justice of the peace acting as coroner in a county that does not have a medical examiner’s office or that is not part of a medical examiner’s district shall submit a report in writing to the department of the death of a person that was the result of a traffic accident or bridge collapse:


to which this chapter applies; and


that occurred within the jurisdiction of the medical examiner or justice of the peace in the preceding calendar quarter.


The report must be submitted before the 11th day of each calendar month and include:


the name of the deceased and a statement as to whether the deceased was:


the operator of or a passenger in a vehicle involved in the accident; or


a pedestrian or other nonoccupant of a vehicle;


the date of the accident and the name of the county in which the accident occurred, and, if a bridge collapse, the location of the bridge in that county;


the name of any laboratory, medical examiner’s office, or other facility that conducted toxicological testing relative to the deceased; and


the results of any toxicological testing that was conducted.


A report required by this section shall be sent to:


the crash records bureau of the department at its headquarters in Austin; or


any other office or bureau of the department that the department designates.


If toxicological test results are not available to the medical examiner or justice of the peace on the date a report must be submitted, the medical examiner or justice shall:


submit a report that includes the statement “toxicological test results unavailable”; and


submit a supplement to the report that contains the information required by Subsections (c)(3) and (4) as soon as practicable after the toxicological test results become available.


The department shall prepare and when requested supply to medical examiners’ offices and justices of the peace the forms necessary to make the reports required by this section.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 74 (H.B. 423), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1407 (S.B. 766), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2007.
Reenacted and amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 522 (S.B. 1218), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.
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