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Traffic Accidents

Last updated 6/21/2024


This dataset includes motor vehicle crashes reported to the Denver Police Department, that occurred within the City and County of Denver and during the previous five calendar years plus the current year to date. The data are dynamic, which allows for additions, deletions and/or modifications at any time, resulting in more accurate information in the database. Due to continuous data entry, the number of records in subsequent extractions are subject to change. General variable descriptions can be found below within the downloadable file, Metadata.xml. For additional information, please review the Colorado Investigating Officer's Traffic Accident Reporting Manual, available online.


The information provided here regarding public safety in Denver are offered as a courtesy by the City and County of Denver. By downloading this data, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Disclaimer below and agree to be bound by it. Certain information is omitted, in accordance with legal requirements and as described more fully in this Disclaimer.

All materials contained on this site are distributed and transmitted "as is," without any representation as to completeness or accuracy and without warranty or guarantee of any kind. The City and County of Denver is not responsible for any error or omission on this site or for the use or interpretation of the results of any research conducted here.

About Motor Vehicle Accident Data

The Denver Police Department strives to make motor vehicle crash data as accurate as possible, but there is no avoiding the introduction of errors into this process, which relies on data furnished by many people, and cannot always be verified. Data on this site are updated Monday through Friday, adding new incidents and updating existing data with information gathered through the investigative process.

Not surprisingly, data become more accurate over time, as new incidents are reported and more information comes to light during investigations.

Incidents that occurred at least 30 days ago tend to be the most accurate, although records are returned for incidents that happened yesterday. For motor vehicle crashes that are still under investigation and involve a serious bodily or fatal injury, some attributes will appear as, "UNDER INVESTIGATION." This is to help ensure that any court proceedings related to these incidents are not inadvertently hindered. Once the investigation is closed, all of the incident's attributes will be visible. This dynamic nature of motor vehicle crash data means that content provided here today will probably differ from content provided a week from now. Likewise, content provided on this site will probably differ somewhat from crime statistics published elsewhere by the City and County of Denver, even though they draw from the same database.

The Denver Police Department completes a State of Colorado Accident Report if there is $1,000 or greater in damage, an injury or fatality, or drug/alcohol involvement. Motor vehicle crashes reported directly to the State of Colorado, even if they occurred within the City and County of Denver, are not included in this dataset.

About MV Accident Locations

Motor vehicle crash locations reflect the approximate location and are not mapped to the actual location of the incident. Certain incidents may not appear on maps if there is insufficient detail to establish a specific, mappable location.


Description Format Action
Traffic Accidents - Shapefile shp Download
Traffic Accidents - Comma-Separated Values csv Download
Traffic Accidents - Esri File Geodatabase gdb Download
Metadata xml Download
Traffic Accidents - REST Endpoint rest Details
Traffic Accidents - Table Variable Explanation - XLSX xlsx Download


Author City and County of Denver, Denver Police Department / Data Analysis Unit
Maintainer City and County of Denver, Technology Services / DenverGIS Data
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