"Crash, Bang, Pop!!"
So you've just had a Lara Bingle on the road and your first thought is "Shit - now what happens?"
Well, we've got you covered.
Here is a simple list of priorities when you find yourself in this situation:
- Stop, turn off the vehicle if you're in a capacity to do so
- Give help to any injured person(s) around you or who have endured injuries in this accident
- 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
- Take photos / videos on your phone to provide evidence of the incident (can be important for insurance companies)
- Notify your insurance provider, they're well equipped to deal with these scenarios, especially getting you back on the road again
General advice for dealing with this potentially traumatic situation is to approach it with calm, rationale thinking and communication - a car crash can be a stressful moment so there's no need to heighten the situation with others around you, especially first responders - they're there to help victims so let them do their job.
Be wary of the penalties too.
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.