Accident Report


The Elbert County Sheriff's Office will respond to and investigate traffic accidents that occur on a public highway or premises open to the public, when such accident involves injury or death to any person. A police report and a DMV Law Enforcement Accident Report will be completed by the investigating deputy.

Additionally, a deputy may respond to and investigate a non-injury collision, depending on the circumstances (road blockage, hazardous conditions, etc...) and current call volume.

Copies of most police reports can be obtained from our Records Division during normal business hours. See our copies of a report page for additional information.

If needed, DMV accident report forms can be obtained from our Records Division during normal business hours.


*Accident Alert*

There are times when it will be necessary for the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office to go into an Accident Alert status. When on Accident Alert, the Sheriff’s Office requests you file a counter report if your traffic accident fits the following criteria:


• No fatality or injury requiring medical attention was sustained by anyone involved in the accident, and;
• No driver involved in the accident is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and;
• The accident does not involve damage to any public property (a road sign, utility pole, etc.) and;
• All vehicles and drivers involved are present at the scene and the driver, vehicle and insurance information is available to be exchanged, and;
• No tow truck is required (except to get a vehicle unstuck or change a tire)
• The accident occurs on a private property and:
• No fatality or injury requiring medical attention was sustained by anyone involved in the accident, and;
• No driver involved in the accident is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and;
• All vehicles and drivers involved are present at the scene and the driver, vehicle and insurance information is available to be exchanged (a hit and run accident involving an unoccupied parked vehicle shall be counter reported if the suspect driver is not know known by name or the suspect vehicle can not be described to include the license plate number)

What information should I get from the other driver?

If your accident meets the above criteria, please obtain the following information:

• Name
• Address
• Telephone number
• Date of birth
• Driver's license number and state
• Name, address, phone number of vehicle owner (if different from driver)
• Vehicle year, make, model, color, license plate number, state, vehicle identification number
• Insurance company, policy number, expiration date, agent's name phone number

Where can I get a copy of the State of Colorado Traffic Accident Report form?

You may fill out the State of Colorado Traffic Accident report form online at with the Colorado State Patrol at:Online Accident Reporting


What information do I need to put on the Accident Report?

• Date, time, and location of the accident
• Your driver's license, registration, and insurance information on the left side
• Other driver's license, registration, and insurance information on the right side
• A description of what happened to include your direction of travel, other driver's direction of travel, whether the accident happened in an intersection or mid-block location of damage on the vehicles. Example: I was going north on County Road 13 in the right lane through the intersection of County Road 166. The other car came from my right on County Road 166 and hit the right front door of my car with its front end.
• Name, address, and phone number of any passengers in your car
• Name, address, and phone number of any witnesses


What do I do with the Counter Report Form?

Complete the form and mail it to:

State of Colorado
Motor Vehicle Division Traffic Records
Denver, CO 80261-0016

All forms must be completed and returned to the State of Colorado within 10 days of your traffic accident which occurred during an Accident Alert.

Will enforcement action be taken at a later date against either driver in a cold accident report situation?


• Colorado state law (C.R.S. 42-4-1606) requires that all motor vehicle accidents be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities. A traffic accident is defined as unintentional damage or injury caused by the movement of a vehicle or its load. Completion of a counter report fulfills this reporting obligation.

For any additional information please contact the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office at (303)-621-2030.


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