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.