If you have been involved in a car accident it is important that you understand the steps you must take in order to avoid breaching the law further. The Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (Qld) provides Queensland road users with a number of legal obligations they must adhere to when driving a vehicle, particularly in the event of an accident.
What to do in a car accident involving death or injury
If you have been involved in an incident and a person has been injured or killed, under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (Qld) it is important that you do not leave the scene of the accident. It is your legal obligation to stop the vehicle, render assistance to any driver involved in the accident and make reasonable endeavours to obtain medical assistance.
If you do leave the scene of the accident this must be solely for the purpose of obtaining medical assistance or aid for the injured person.
What to do if you damage another person’s car
It is a traffic offence to hit another person’s car and to leave the scene of the accident without taking sufficient steps to get in contact with the vehicle owner. If you are involved in an incident and there is nobody in the vehicle you should:
- Leave a note with your details;
- Take the vehicle’s registration number and use your local police station to obtain a contact for the person affected.
If you leave the scene of the accident without taking reasonable steps to contact the vehicle owner you could be subject to a fine or alternatively a Magistrates hearing.
Have you been involved in a car accident and need assistance?
It is important to note that you should never feel obliged to admit liability or make self-incriminating statements to any party or police if you have been involved in a car accident.
If you have been involved in a car accident or if you have caused a car accident and unsure about your legal obligations under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (Qld) you should speak to an experienced traffic offence lawyer to assess your options. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your situation, please call us to make an appointment with one of our lawyers on 07 3252 0011.