In Colorado, car accidents commonly happen due to snowy mountain trails or icy roadways. What you do following an accident is important, since it can affect the amount of money you can claim in the future if you make a claim. First of all, if anyone is injured, take the steps necessary to get them the medical help they need. Of course, you should also seek medical help if you’re injured.

Next, you need to report the accident. If you and the other party aren’t badly hurt or are leaving the scene uninjured, exchange information about your insurance carriers, your telephone numbers and your names. These facts are vitally important to know about the other party. If you have a police officer report to the scene, then that is all you have to do and the report will be taken care of for you.

If a police officer doesn’t come to the scene, then you need to report the accident online using an online accident report. If that’s not available, download a traffic accident report and turn it in. To report your accident legally in Colorado without having police respond, no one could have died or been injured in the accident. Additionally, the accident can’t have been a hit-and-run crash, and no public property could have been damaged. If anyone was under the suspicion of driving under the influence, then police should be called to the scene.

Whenever you’re involved in an accident, the best course of action is to contact authorities. If you have any questions about your rights or how to file a report for an accident that’s taken place, make sure you speak with someone who can assist you legally.

Source: DMV.org, “Accident Guide in Colorado” Oct. 17, 2014