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Knowing When and How to Report a Car Accident

December 04, 2020

Accidents can be confusing at the best of times. We have some tips on what to do at the accident scene and when you need to call the police.


By following these basic principles, you should know what to do when reporting a car accident to the police.

  • Step 1 – Stop! You must stop at the scene of a crash
  • Step 2 – Assist anyone who may be injured
  • Step 3 – Move your vehicle off the road. Call a tow truck if your vehicle is not roadworthy
  • Step 4 – Exchange information. See our blog on what information you need to collect here
  • Step 5 – Report the crash to the police (if the below scenarios apply)

Information needed for the police report include:

  • Your personal details
  • Your driver’s licence details
  • Your vehicle registration
  • Same details for the other party involved
  • Exact location of the crash
  • Date and time of the crash

(SA.GOV.AU, 2020)


According to the NSW government website (Government of New South Wales, 2020), police are required to attend a crash if it is classified as a Major Traffic Crash. This is where one of the following occurs:

  • Someone is trapped, injured, or killed
  • A party has failed to exchange details
  • A party appears to be affected by drugs or alcohol

If you find yourself in a not at-fault accident, whether the police are involved or not, Right2Drive may be able to provide you with a loan car with the costs covered by the at-fault party’s insurer. Apply now and a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss your application.




Things you should know: Information in this blog is current as at 04/12/2020 and is subject to change.  Applications for an accident loan car are subject to approval.  Your assistance in recovering rental costs may include you providing documents, giving witness statements, and in some cases, appear in court in proceedings Right2Drive commences in your name. Terms and conditions apply and are available at www.right2Drive.com.au.