Crash responsibilities

A summary of what you need to do if you are in a crash.

If you are involved in a crash you must:

  • stop immediately 
  • give help to any injured person
  • provide your name, address, registration number, and vehicle owner’s name to others involved in the crash, or their representative, and to the police (if they are there)
  • if anyone is injured and the police are not at the crash, you must report the crash to the nearest open police station
  • if there is any property damage and the owner (or Police) is not there, you must report the crash to the nearest open police station.

Penalties

If you are a driver involved in a crash where someone is killed or injured and you do not stop and give assistance, you can:

  • be fined over $140,000
  • be imprisoned for up to 10 years
  • lose your licence for at least two years.

The rules in detail

The rules regarding crash responsibilities are published in the Road Safety Act 1986.

The key rules and section numbers are:

  • 61 - Duty of driver etc. of motor vehicle if accident occurs
  • 61A - Duty of driver etc. of vehicle that is not a motor vehicle if accident occurs

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