This dataset includes motor vehicle crashes reported to the Denver Police Department, that occurred within the City and County of Denver and during the previous five calendar years plus the current year to date. The data are dynamic, which allows for additions, deletions and/or modifications at any time, resulting in more accurate information in the database. Due to continuous data entry, the number of records in subsequent extractions are subject to change. General variable descriptions can be found below within the downloadable file, Metadata.xml. For additional information, please review the Colorado Investigating Officer's Traffic Accident Reporting Manual, available online.
The information provided here regarding public safety in Denver are offered as a courtesy by the City and County of Denver. By downloading this data, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Disclaimer below and agree to be bound by it. Certain information is omitted, in accordance with legal requirements and as described more fully in this Disclaimer.
All materials contained on this site are distributed and transmitted "as is," without any representation as to completeness or accuracy and without warranty or guarantee of any kind. The City and County of Denver is not responsible for any error or omission on this site or for the use or interpretation of the results of any research conducted here.
About Motor Vehicle Accident Data
The Denver Police Department strives to make motor vehicle crash data as accurate as possible, but there is no avoiding the introduction of errors into this process, which relies on data furnished by many people, and cannot always be verified. Data on this site are updated Monday through Friday, adding new incidents and updating existing data with information gathered through the investigative process.
Not surprisingly, data become more accurate over time, as new incidents are reported and more information comes to light during investigations.
Incidents that occurred at least 30 days ago tend to be the most accurate, although records are returned for incidents that happened yesterday. For motor vehicle crashes that are still under investigation and involve a serious bodily or fatal injury, some attributes will appear as, "UNDER INVESTIGATION." This is to help ensure that any court proceedings related to these incidents are not inadvertently hindered. Once the investigation is closed, all of the incident's attributes will be visible. This dynamic nature of motor vehicle crash data means that content provided here today will probably differ from content provided a week from now. Likewise, content provided on this site will probably differ somewhat from crime statistics published elsewhere by the City and County of Denver, even though they draw from the same database.
The Denver Police Department completes a State of Colorado Accident Report if there is $1,000 or greater in damage, an injury or fatality, or drug/alcohol involvement. Motor vehicle crashes reported directly to the State of Colorado, even if they occurred within the City and County of Denver, are not included in this dataset.
About MV Accident Locations
Motor vehicle crash locations reflect the approximate location and are not mapped to the actual location of the incident. Certain incidents may not appear on maps if there is insufficient detail to establish a specific, mappable location.
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If a Police Officer Was Present at the Scene
- If you were involved in an accident and a police officer was called to the scene to obtain all the needed information, you do not need to provide any forms unless you receive a letter from the Department of Revenue
- If you are sent a notice by the department it will inform you of what needs to be done.
If a Police Officer Was Not Present at the Scene
- If a police officer was not called to the scene of the accident you may file an accident report online.
- If an accident report is filed online by an individual, the report does not get investigated by a law enforcement agency. The reports are kept for record purposes only.
- Provide the other driver with your:
How do I get a copy of an accident report for an accident I was involved in?
You will need:
Please allow 90 days for receipt of the accident report by the law enforcement agency and to be data entered into the driver license system. The department maintains accident information for seven years.
How to Report a Car Accident in Colorado
CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000
CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
CASE: Client was rear ended by a dump truck, was then knocked forward and hit another vehicle. Client had a concussion with traumatic brain injury. Client underwent a brain scan which showed hypoperfusion, correlated with her concussion symptoms. Client suffered neck injuries and injuries to her low back.
CASE: Client was rear-ended. The mechanism of injury from the forces in the collision caused her neck injury and at the same time, damaged her organs inside her throat. Client had swallowing and choking issues.
CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
CASE: The client was driving in her car and was rear-ended thereby causing injuries to her lower back and neck. Client also suffered a concussion. Client had to undergo facet injections multiple times, through multiple procedures. Client also had cognitive issues which required cognitive training and therapy.
CASE: Client was entering a highway from an on ramp and was rear-ended by a commercial van. Client tested positive for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and failed conservative treatment. Client underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgey, which involved removal of the first rib to attempt to relieve pressure in the thoracic outlet. Client also suffered a back injury.
CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver, who crossed the center line of the road. Client underwent multiple surgeries and could not work. Client was late 40s and needed a modified life care plan.
CASE: Client was rear ended by a tow truck driver who was a diabetic. The diabetic at fault party was a non-compliant diabetic and claimed he had a syncope episode, and was “blacked out”. Client had a preexisting back condition known and the forces from the collision aggravated, or made worse, the preexisting back condition in addition to, causing neck injuries.
CASE: Client was a passenger in a car where the driver fell asleep on a country road in the early morning hours. The car rolled multiple times. Client had eye injuries, facial injuries and neck and knee injuries.
CASE: Client was on the job, driving her own car, when she was rear-ended. She suffered a concussion with traumatic brain injury and pursued Workers Compensation Claim.
CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice in Central City. He suffered back injuries, that did not require injections.
CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice on a sidewalk in front of a business. She had to have knee surgery and multiple injections in her back.
CASE: Client was visiting a friend who was renting a house. Client tripped on untreated, dangerous section of deck and injured his back.
CASE:Client was rear ended and needed fusion spinal surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
CASE:Client was rear-ended and had to have rotator cuff surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Settled for $65,000
CASE:Client was at Denver International Aiport traveling through Denver, slipped and fell and broke her ankle.
Settled for $118,750
CASE:Client was exposed to mold in a multi-family dwelling that was caused by leaking water.
Settled for $125,000
CASE:Motorcycle accident, reconstructive surgery, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurological injuries
Settled for $1,275,000
Report an Accident
Reporting a Crash During Accident Alerts
An "Accident Alert" is declared when conditions (usually poor weather or other community emergency) are so severe that Police Officers are unable to respond to volume of motor vehicle crashes. Some cities may be on Accident Alert while others may not depending on how the conditions are affecting a specific area. You must call for Denver Police response by dialing 911 and speak with the dispatcher to determine if a Police Officer will be sent to the scene of a crash.
While Accident Alert is in effect, Police Officers will only respond if the following circumstances exist:
1) Damaged vehicles are causing the street to be closed.
2) The crash involves a fatality or injury requiring medical attention.
3) Impaired driving (alcohol or drugs) is involved.
4) Any of the involved drivers fails to remain on scene (hit and run).
5) Any of the involved drivers does not have a valid driver's license.
6) Involves on-duty City personnel or there is damage to public property.
If the crash does not meet the criteria for a police response you must do the following:
1) All drivers involved must exchange their name, driver's license information, vehicle registration information and proof of insurance information.
2) File a report as soon as possible by reporting the crash to your local district police station or calling 911. For crashes that occur outside of the Denver city limits, you must respond to that jurisdiction to complete the counter crash report.
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