What to do at the Scene of a Crash

What to do at the Scene of a Crash

Some tips to keep in mind if you have an accident.

What to do at the Scene of a Crash
What to do at the Scene of a Crash – take plenty of notes and even draw diagrams at the scene.

We hope it doesn’t happen to you but the chances are at some point you might end up in a fender-bender. So what exactly is the best thing to do at the scene of a crash?

Here are some simple tips on what to do at the scene of a crash to keep in mind;

  • Make sure everyone, yourself included, does not require medical assistance.
  • Only exit your car and follow these steps in an area/environment that is safe from further dangers.
  • It is an offence if you either fail to stop at the scene of an accident or fail to report an accident in which you are involved.
  • Never apologize for or admit to any responsibility for the crash.
  • Give your vehicle registration number, your name and address, and that of the vehicle owner (if different) to anyone with reasonable grounds for asking for those details.
  • If you don’t exchange those details at the scene, you must report the accident at a police station as soon as you can, and in any case within 24 hours.
  • You’re obliged to do these things not only when you are directly involved in an accident, but also if your vehicle’s ‘presence’ was a factor.
  • Note down a detailed description of what happened, collecting as much information – photographs and notes as you can while at the scene.
  • Take note of details such as the date, time, location, weather conditions, traffic conditions, road markings/signs/signals.
  • Take note of the vehicles involved – make, model, registration number, colour, condition, estimated speed, direction, use of lights/indicators, number of passengers.
  • People – contact details, description/distinguishing features of driver(s), contact details of passengers, pedestrians/other witnesses, details of any police officers involved.
  • Damage – description of the damage to vehicles/property and any injuries to people involved.

Got any other tips on how to what to do following a car crash? Send us an email via feedback@behindthewheel.com.au or send us a note via our Contact page.

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