Car accidents remain a serious public safety problem in Colorado. Indeed, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), there were 120,703 collisions reported in the state in the year 2015 alone. Many of these crashes led to serious injuries.
If you were injured in a crash due to the negligence of another driver, you deserve full and fair compensation for your damages. To recover that compensation, you will likely need to file an insurance claim, something that you cannot do effectively without your Colorado accident report.
Obtaining Your Colorado Accident Report
If you were involved in a serious crash in Colorado, state or local police officers should be called to the scene of the accident. These officers are tasked with writing a report regarding your crash. You have a legal right to get a copy of this report.
- To obtain your Colorado accident report, you will need to complete and submit form DR 2489 Requestor Release and Affidavit of Intended Use.
This relatively simple form must be filled out and sent in with the required fee ($9.00), which will vary depending on the amount of information that you are requesting. Notably, it can sometimes take up to 90 days for a police report to get into the system in the first place. Though, it is typically done faster than that.
Your Colorado Accident Report Matters
An accident report can have a major impact on your insurance claim. More specifically, the police report matters for the issue of determining fault. If fault is disputed in your case, the accident report can be used as a particularly compelling form of evidence to resolve that question. Typically, these reports will contain a wide array of important information, including:
- The time and date of the crash;
- The general road conditions;
- Contact information for all parties, including witnesses;
- Statements from the drivers involved in the collision;
- Descriptions of vehicle damage and any injuries;
- Details about the accident and its cause;
- Statements from eyewitnesses; and
- The observations of the responding officer.
In some cases, the Colorado accident report will directly assign fault, and perhaps even a ticket will be issued for a traffic violation to one of the drivers involved in the accident. In other cases, the question of fault will not be answered by the officer.
Ultimately, the accident report is a key piece of evidence that will need to be reviewed as part of your overall claim. Regardless of whether or not the information contained within it is positive or negative for your claim, you need to get your hands on it.
Were You Injured in a Car Accident in Colorado?
We can help. At McCormick & Murphy, P.C., our dedicated Colorado auto accident lawyers have a proven track record of success handling injury claims. If you were hurt in a crash, please contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation review of your case. From our offices in Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, we serve victims throughout the state of Colorado.July 19, 2017 | Personal Injury FAQs