If you were involved in an injury traffic accident, the accident report becomes one of the most important sources of information in your case. Obtaining a copy of this report will be very useful to you as you navigate the legal aftermath following your accident.
Why Do I Need a Copy of My Accident Report?
A traffic accident report is a report filed by police containing facts about an accident. An accident report is typically comprised of the following information:
- drivers and passengers involved in the accident
- injuries sustained in the accident
- vehicle damage and other property damage
- witness names and testimonies
- the officer’s understanding of events leading to the accident
- any other pertinent information the officer wants to include.
The accident report is considered to be the legal truth of the matter and influences decisions made by insurance companies, traffic and civil court judges, and attorneys. Sometimes an officer will make a factual or subjective error on the police report.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, it can be very difficult to have a traffic accident report amended, although an experienced auto accident attorney may be able to help. For this reason, it is very important to obtain a copy of the accident report and read it carefully to ensure accuracy.
Obtaining an Accident Report in Pueblo CO
The rules and procedures for getting a copy of a traffic accident report vary by state, county, and the law enforcement agency that filed the report. Many jurisdictions make it a complicated process, requiring you to file a request form and/or pay a fee to access your accident report.
To see your accident report in Pueblo, Colorado, you should start with the law enforcement agency that responded to your traffic accident. Generally, Pueblo Police Department responds to accidents within city limits and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department will handle traffic accidents elsewhere throughout the county.
If you live in Pueblo, but were involved in an accident in another city, you should contact the police department in the city where the accident occurred or the Colorado State Patrol.
Pueblo Police Department operates a website called P2C (Police to Citizen) which makes it very easy to access any police report. The P2C website features a platform that allows you to search for your accident by name or date. From there, you can download and print a PDF copy of your accident report free of charge.
On the other hand, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department makes it a little more difficult to access a police report. You must submit a signed and completed Sheriff’s Office Records Request form, along with a $5.00 fee (plus 0.25 per page after ten pages).
You can download and print the form directly from their website, but must mail or hand-deliver the form once completed. The Sheriff’s Office can either mail you a copy of the accident report or give you a call when it is ready to be picked up.
Pueblo CO Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. The skilled attorneys at McCormick & Murphy have dedicated over 50 years of combined experience to personal injury cases. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation at our headquarters in Colorado Springs or our offices in Denver and Pueblo. To set up a meeting at our Pueblo location, call us at (719) 225-1737.August 3, 2017 | Personal Injury FAQs