HOW TO REPORT A COLORADO CAR CRASH
Reporting a car crash to police is important for three key reasons:
- It helps assure that you and compliant with Colorado law, which requires motorists to report any crash that results in property damage or injury to law enforcement.
- It can help in the immediate aftermath of the wreck, helping the injured obtain emergency medical treatment while police defer traffic and help clear the wreckage.
- It can help when it’s time to file a car accident claim, as the police report can hold key details and evidence regarding fault and liability.
To help all Colorado motorists take the right steps after an auto accident, the following details the three ways of reporting crashes in Colorado, followed by helpful tips on what to do after these reports have been made. Whenever you are ready for more insights regarding a potential car accident claim, don’t hesitate to contact Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyer Wm Andrew “Drew” Wills II.
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Option 1 for Reporting a Crash: Call 911
This is the best way to report moderate to serious auto accidents. Once 911 has been called, responding officers will assist the injured and investigate the accident, doing things like (but not limited to):
- Documenting the exact location, time and date of the crash
- Interviewing and recording details about all involved parties and any available witnesses
- Issuing citations and/or arresting any motorists who have allegedly violated the law
- Photographing the accident scene, including the involved vehicles and surrounding road features damaged in the wreck.
All of this will then be included in an accident report, which is generally available about six weeks after the crash.
Option 2 for Reporting a Crash: Call a Non-Emergency Police Number
For fender benders accidents that may involve minor (or no) injuries, this option may also be viable.
The non-emergency number for the Colorado Springs Police Department is (719) 444-7000.
Here is a list of non-emergency police numbers for all police and sheriff departments in Colorado. With this method of reporting crashes, a police report will also be written up if officers respond to the scene.
Option 3 for Reporting a Crash: File a Report with the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
If police are not called after an accident OR if police are called but they are unable to respond to the accident scene (due to, for instance, weather conditions), the final option for reporting a crash is to file a report with the DMV. You can do this online, here .
These reports will not result in a police investigation and report for the accident. They can, however, be an effective method for recording your version of what occurred. This can be incredibly useful later when it’s time to prove liability and seek financial recovery.
What to Do after Reporting a Car Accident: 3 Essential Steps to Take
- Report the crash to your insurance provider – After leaving the accident scene, reporting the accident to your insurer is crucial. This report only needs to involve the facts of the crash, like where and when the collision occurred, who was involved and whether police were called or responded to the scene. If the insurer asks you to provide an “official” report, avoid doing this if you are not ready because “official” means “recorded” and anything you say in that recorded statement can be leveraged against you to try to reduce or deny a future claim.
- Request & review a copy of the car accident report – Fill out Form DR2489 (Requestor Release & Affidavit of Intended Use), and submit it to the DMV (with the $9 fee). Accident reports are kept by the DMV for 7 years. Once you obtain the report, look over all of the details to make sure they are accurate (if they are not, you may need to contact the officer to address the matter). Here are more details on how to read a Colorado car accident report.
- Contact a Colorado Springs car accident lawyer – An attorney can explain your legal options, help you identify the at-fault parties, build you a strong claim and guide you towards the best possible results. The fact is that, after a crash, your insurance company is not on your side and having an experienced advocate helping you navigate the process can be the key to maximizing your compensation. While permanent injuries and losses may never be reversed by money, compensation from a claim can help victims pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives.
Contact a Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyer at Wills Law, P.C.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash, Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyer Drew Wills II is ready to explain your options and help you seek financial recovery for your injuries, suffering and losses.
Call (719) 633-8500 or email the firm to schedule a free, no obligations consultation.
With more than 30 years of experience and success in personal injury law, Attorney Drew Wills II has a deep understanding of how to:
- Protect and advocate his clients’ rights
- Build the strongest possible case for each client
- Stand up to those who attempt to compromise his clients’ rights and interests
- Maximize clients’ financial recoveries so they can heal.
With Attorney Drew Wills II in your corner, you can expect to have a highly competent attorney who listens, treats you with respect and keeps you informed about your case. You can also expect confidence and integrity while Drew works tirelessly to obtain the best outcomes possible.
From offices in Colorado Springs, Attorney Drew Wills II represents clients throughout El Paso County and Colorado.