What to do in an accident
If you’re involved in an accident you must stop at the scene.
You must call the police on 000 if:
- anyone is injured or if there is a pedestrian involved
- anyone involved in the accident appears to be intoxicated
- any vehicle needs to be towed
- there is damage to property in excess of $500
- there is any dispute regarding the accident
- anyone involved in the accident fails to stop.
- exchange details with other drivers (as below)
- check all drivers/passengers for injuries & call 000 ambulance even for what appear to be minor injuries
- only move the cars if there is no dispute regarding the cause & circumstances of the accident
- call the Accident Advisory Hotline on 131 444 for other actions you may need to take in the circumstances.
It is advisable to photograph the scene of an accident. For example:
- vehicles where they come to rest immediately after the accident
- vehicle & property damage
- skid marks & oil on road or any other road condition that may have contributed to the accident
- evidence of other conditions that may have contributed to the accident
(eg: weather, lighting, traffic light malfunction, animals on road etc)
It is also advisable to:
- move all vehicle occupants well off road if possible
- write down number plates of vehicles whose occupants may have witnessed the accident.
- enquire of any pedestrians or onlookers who may have witnessed the accident
- avoid discussion of accident if there is any dispute, aggression or signs of intoxication
- alert following traffic if the accident is obscured or at a ‘blind spot’.