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Introduction

If you are involved in a motor-vehicle accident there are some basic legal requirements that you must comply with.
Stop and give assistance

You must stop at the scene of any accident in which you are involved and find out whether anyone has been injured. You should give all practical assistance to anyone who has been injured.
Practical safety steps

There are a number of practical steps one can take at the scene of an accident to reduce any further accidents or injuries, including:

moving the cars out of the flow of traffic
placing red warning triangles approximately 100 metres from the accident scene
making sure that each car's ignition is turned off and that the handbrakes are on

Am I required to report the accident to the Police?

If someone was killed or injured in the accident you must report it to the Police as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case within 24 hours, unless you are incapable of doing so because you were injured in the accident.

If the accident is minor and involves no injury, you are not required to report it to the Police, but you should do so in any case if you feel the other driver was at fault.
What information do I have to give the Police or the other people involved?

When the Police arrive at the scene of the accident you will have to produce your driver's licence. You will also have to provide them with:

your name and address
the name and address of the vehicle owner (if you are not the owner)
the vehicle's registration number

You must also give this information to anyone else involved in the accident who requests it.

The Police will question everyone involved in the accident. If answering the questions would incriminate you, you should tell the Police that you would like to obtain legal advice before answering the questions.

The Police may require you to take a roadside breath test. You cannot refuse to do this. (For more information on breath-testing, see How to defend yourself against a drink-driving charge).
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