According to the South Australia Police website, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident you must follow the steps below.

Step 1: Stop

  • Stop at the scene of the accident (failing to stop at the scene is against the law)

Step 2: Assist

  • Assist anyone who is injured
  • Call 000 if there is danger or serious injury
  • Call 131 444 if you require police assistance

Step 3: Move your vehicle

  • Move your vehicle off the road if police are not attending
  • Phone 8231 5555 for a tow truck if you need one

Step 4: Exchange information

  • Exchange your information with the other drivers or their representatives and anyone else involved in the accident including the owner of any property damaged at the scene
  • Include in the information exchanged:
    • the driver's name and address
    • the name and address of the vehicle's owner
    • the vehicle's number plate details
    • any other information needed to identify the vehicle
    • any other information needed by the police about the accident

Step 5: Report the accident to the police

  • Report to the police at the scene of an accident or at a police station within 90 minutes if:
    • you were a driver of one of the vehicles involved, and
    • someone was injured or killed.
  • Report to the police as soon as possible but, except in exceptional circumstances, within 24 hours after the accident if:
    • the property damage exceeds $3000, or
    • information with other drivers or their representatives and anyone else involved in the accident were not exchanged, or
    • a vehicle involved in the accident was either towed or carried away, or
    • the police did not attend the scene.

If someone has been injured

Find out what you need to do if you are the at-fault vehicle owner or driver and someone has been injured as a result of an accident.