The Elbert County Sheriff's Office responds to and investigates traffic accidents that occur within Elbert County on a public highway or premises open to the public, when such accident involves injury or death to any person. The investigating deputy completes a police report and a Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) accident report will be completed by the investigating deputy.
Deputies may also respond to and investigate non-injury accidents, depending on the availability of Sheriff's Office personnel or the circumstances of the accident (such as one that blocks a road, or one that creates a hazardous condition.)
Obtaining Copies of Reports
Copies of most accident-related forms and reports can be obtained from the Elbert County Sheriff's Office Records Division during normal business hours. You can also purchase a crash report online at the CrashLogic website.
There are times that unusually heavy call volume or inclement weather limits the Sheriff's Office's ability to respond timely to calls for service and it announces an "Accident Alert" status. During an Accident Alert, a deputy may not respond to a traffic accident that meets all of the following criteria:
- No fatality or injury requiring medical attention was sustained by anyone involved in the accident
- No driver involved in the accident is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- The accident does not involve damage to any public property (such as a road sign or utility pole)
- All vehicles and drivers involved are present at the scene and the driver, vehicle and insurance information is available to be exchanged
- No tow truck is required (except to get a vehicle unstuck or change a tire)
Information to Obtain
If your accident meets the above criteria, drivers should obtain the following information from each other:
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Driver's license number and state
- Name, address, phone number of vehicle owner (if different from driver)
- Vehicle information including:
- License plate number and state
- Vehicle identification number
- Insurance information including:
- Policy number
- Expiration date
- Insurance Agent's name and phone number
Colorado Online Accident Report
After you obtain this information, you should go online to complete a Colorado Online Accident Report within 10 days of the accident. You'll need to enter the following information:
- Date, time, and location of the accident
- Your driver's license information, registration, and insurance information
- The other driver's license information, registration, and insurance information
- A description of what happened, including your direction of travel, other driver's direction of travel, whether the accident happened in an intersection or mid-block, and the 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 and any witnesses