14 October 2014
NSW accident reporting rules change tomorrow - but insurers should still be notified
October 14, 2014
Drivers involved in motor vehicle collisions in New South Wales should still contact their insurer quickly despite changes to accident reporting and police attendance for minor crash accidents, says the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).
The ICA urges motor vehicle drivers to learn about the changes, which are effective from tomorrow, Wednesday October 15, 2014 (see breakout box).
ICA CEO Rob Whelan said drivers should add their insurance company’s phone number to their mobile phone, and contact their insurer for guidance after any motor vehicle collision.
“Even if police don’t have to attend the accident, the driver should still phone their insurer as soon as possible, especially if their vehicle needs to be towed,” he said.
“They should discuss their next steps, including moving the damaged vehicle and, if their policy allows, using a hire car while theirs is being repaired.
“However, motorists should not agree to their vehicle being towed to a smash repairer nominated by the tow truck driver without first talking to their insurer.
“The motorist should also carefully read any paperwork they are asked to sign and make sure that the choice of the destination – the smash repairer – is correctly recorded before signing.”
NSW Police has prepared a document – What to do after a car crash. This can be downloaded from the NSW Police website at http://tinyurl.com/nbsb3rj and left in the glovebox.
Mr Whelan said police should be called if anyone was injured or trapped. Police should also be contacted if anyone who leaves the accident is later treated for an injury.
NSW Police will only need to attend an accident if:
If NSW Police are not required to attend: