Accident Alert: What It Means for Drivers

Posted on: October 20th, 2015 by Accurate Auto Body Denver No Comments

accident alert Winter is quickly approaching and with it the severe weather conditions we’ve come to expect as Coloradoans. Unfortunately, all the ice and snow makes for more traffic accidents, even for the best of drivers. For police departments who are responding to the increased quantity of motor vehicle accidents, resources can easily get stretched too thin, forcing them to prioritize which incidents they can physically respond to. Luckily, our Denver car repair experts are always available to help you with anything from light fender benders to heavy repairs. Today, we’re here to fill you in on what an accident alert means for you as a motorist and how you should handle an accident in this situation.

What is an Accident Alert?

Technically, under Colorado law, anytime someone is involved in a traffic accident or a collision, they are legally required to give their name, address, and vehicle information to all persons involved and must report the accident to local law officials by calling 911.

However, sometimes severe weather conditions or other community emergencies make it impossible for police to respond to the increased volume of traffic accidents that are occurring. In this case, an accident alert is initiated which requires specific conditions to be met for police to respond, allowing them to focus their efforts where the need is greatest.

Accident Alert Conditions for Police to Respond

  • Damaged vehicles are blocking the street and causing it to be closed off
  • The crash involves a fatal injury or passengers require immediate medical assistance
  • Impaired driving involving alcohol or drugs has occurred
  • Any of the drivers involved have fled the scene (hit and run)
  • Any of the drivers does not have a valid driver’s license
  • There is damage to public property or the accident involves on-duty city personnel

 What to do in a minor accident during an Accident Alert

 If your accident does not meet the above requirements and has occurred during an accident alert, the police will not respond and there is no point in reporting it. Instead, all drivers involved should exchange their name, driver’s license information, vehicle registration information, and proof of insurance information. Be sure to file a report as soon as the accident alert has finished with the local district police station so you have evidence of what happened for your insurance company.

While it may be frustrating to not be able to get police support during severe weather conditions, accident alert status is necessary for ensuring that resources are available for those who need them most. Stay safe in the upcoming winter weather!

How to use this information

While the police might not always be able to help you when you get in an accident, our doors are always open. We will help you get the repairs you need to get your car back on the road. Be sure to give Accurate Auto Body a call at 303-344-2122 or contact us through our website for more information and we will be happy help!

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