A motor vehicle accident can turn your life upside down in seconds. There are more people on the road now than ever before. In fact, over the past decade, Australia saw a 25.4% increase in vehicle registrations, with a 21.1% increase in passenger cars alone. Motorcycle registrations went up by 74.3%.
More people and vehicles on the road means more traffic accidents. That’s why you should know your rights and responsibilities before getting behind the wheel.
Do I Have to Report My Accident to the Police?
The Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994, Section 34 states that it is the parties’ involved responsibility to make a report, if it is required, before lodging an insurance claim. The types of accidents that require reporting to the police include:
- Accidents that involve an injury or death
- Accidents where the other driver did not provide their information
- Accidents where you did not provide your information to those involved
- Accidents where a vehicle cannot be driven and must be towed away
- Accidents that involve $3,000 or more in damage to vehicles or property you do not own
It is strongly recommended that all car accidents be reported to the Police, because insurance companies always ask for a copy of the Police Report.
Make sure you have everything covered after a motor vehicle accident by contacting Carew Lawyers. We can make sure you take all the steps required to stay legal and make a claim.