Reporting an Accident

Reporting an Accident

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If you are involved in an accident while driving, and you are not badly injured, the first thing you must do is stop, check to see if anyone is injured, and provide assistance to the injured where possible.

  • You must give your name, driving licence, address and vehicle registration detail (and, if asked, the name and address of the owner of the vehicle you are driving, if it isn't your vehicle) to a person having reasonable grounds for requesting these details (e.g. owner of damaged property/vehicles or the police).
  • You must tell a police officer no later than 24 hours after the accidents. If someone has been killed or injured, you must tell the police immediately
  • You must not take intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs before reporting the accident, unless instructed to do so by a medical practitioner.

Don't remove or move the vehicle unless it is completely obstructing traffic flow and its position is clearly marked on the road surface and/or you are instructed to do so by a traffic officer. If no one has been injured, you may move the vehicle before reporting the collision, but you must always have the permission of the vehicle's owner or driver before you may move a vehicle.

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