Kyle Bachus is a founding partner at the Colorado law firm Bachus & Schanker and an expert car accident attorney with over 25 years of experience. In this video, Mr. Bachus explains Colorado law when it comes to reporting a minor car accident:
Should You Report A Minor Car Accident In Colorado?
Yes, you should report a minor car accident in Colorado. The law requires drivers to report accidents that result in property damage or injury. Although an officer may choose not to write a report for a minor accident, the drivers involved in the crash must still report it to law enforcement as soon as possible.
Rules For Reporting Minor Car Accidents In Colorado
Colorado law 42-4-1606 requires you to make an “immediate” report of any car accident. The law requires you to report any accident that causes injury or property damage. Of course, every accident involves one or the other. The law even clarifies that you have to make a report for any injury, serious bodily injury, death, or property damage. You must make the report to the nearest police agency.
What Are The Penalties For Failing To Report A Car Accident In Colorado?
Failing to report a car accident in Colorado is a class two misdemeanor traffic offense. You may spend up to 90 days in jail and pay a fine of up to $300. If you fail to report an accident and someone is injured, your offense is a more serious class one misdemeanor offense.
Benefits Of Reporting A Minor Accident In Colorado
Reporting a minor accident in Colorado is important because Colorado is an at-fault state. You may decide to make a legal claim for compensation after even a minor accident like a rear-end collision. It’s essential to gather all of the evidence that you can including establishing that the accident occurred at a specific date and time.
• Can I File a Car Accident Insurance Claim if I Didn’t File a Police Report? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqa0l3U0rWU
• How to File a Police Report After a Car Accident – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lr-zg263pk
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