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How to Get a Police Report After an Accident in Denver

Posted on October 18, 2022 in

Anytime a person is involved in a vehicle accident that results in property damage or an injury, they will need to file an insurance claim to recover compensation. It is crucial to have police reports related to the incident in order for the claim to be successful. Here, we want to discuss how you can go about recovering the police report after an accident in Denver.

Why the Police Report is So Important

If you’ve been involved in an accident, regardless of who was at fault, you are going to need the police report. More specifically, your insurance carrier is going to need the report. 

If another driver was at-fault for the incident, you will want to take the steps necessary to recover compensation for your injuries and property damage. Your insurance carrier will contact the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier and initiate the process of obtaining a settlement. 

If you happen to cause an accident, the police report will still be needed. Importantly, you will need to ensure the officer properly noted everything in the report. Additionally, there are times with other drivers share fault for a crash, which can affect how much compensation each party owes or is owed. 

Without a police report, the process of recovering compensation or resolving a claim is much more challenging. 

How You Can Get Your Police Report

You will not be able to get the police report at the scene of the accident. Your focus should be on your health and safety. The report will not be ready that quickly anyway. The police report will take several weeks to get through the system and become available to you. Usually, the police will give you basic information about the accident before they leave the scene, including the ID number assigned to the accident they will complete. 

There are various ways to obtain a police report after a Denver car accident. If you want to obtain the report from the Denver Police Department, you will need to submit an order form online, via mail, or by phone, and you will have to pay an administrative fee of $10. 

Your request for the accident report will need to include the following:

  • Your name, phone number, address, and email address
  • The location, date, and time the accident occurred
  • Who you are in relation to the accident (victim, attorney, representative)
  • The accident report number
  • The names of other parties involved (if you have that information)
  • The license place number of your vehicle
  • Any other available information related to the incident

Please note that if you filed a claim with your insurance carrier, they may have already obtained the police report. You can ask them if they have done so and request a copy. This may save you the time and expense of having to do so yourself. 

It may be necessary to obtain additional information about the vehicle accident. This could include 911 call transcripts, investigation reports related to the crash, and more. There will likely be additional charges associated with these requests. 

If an agency other than the DPD responded and completed the report, then you will need to go through that department’s procedures for recovering the police report.

If you have additional questions about your accident claim, contact our Denver injury attorneys.