How to Read an Accident Report in Colorado

After you have been in a car accident, the crash report filed by police is the first piece of evidence you will need to file a claim seeking compensation for your injuries or other losses. In Colorado, the state updated the police accident form in 2021.

Colorado’s DR3447 Traffic Crash Report Form is a complex document of five pages, some of which may be used multiple times to document a traffic accident. The CDOT provided police across the state with a 306-page Investigating Officer’s Crash Reporting Manual and eight chapters of training videos to explain how to fill out the updated accident report.

Explaining the reasoning behind the update, the Colorado Department of Transportation said the agency revised the accident report form to reflect emerging factors affecting accidents, including the growing presence of bicyclists and pedestrians on the road, driver distraction caused by mobile phones, impairment by marijuana, and the development of self-driving vehicles.

At Larson Larimer Schneider Firm in Denver, CO, our car accident attorneys can help you obtain the police report documenting your car accident and use it to begin investigating your claim. For 20 years, the dedicated car accident attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider Firm have been fighting for the rights of people who have been seriously hurt in crashes caused by other people’s negligence. We want to help you, too. We start with a free review of your accident and a discussion of your legal options.

How to Obtain Your Colorado Car Accident Report?

If you have a copy of the accident report when you meet with Larson Larimer Schneider Firm, we can immediately begin investigating your car accident. You can request a copy of a crash report by completing DMV Form DR 2489 and mailing it (and the $9 fee) to:

Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles
Records Department
1881 Pierce St.
Lakewood, CO 80214