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LawAccess NSW > Representing Yourself > Car accidents > What to do after an accident

​Exchange details

After a car accident you must stop and exchange details with the other driver or drivers.​

    ​Givin​​​g your details ​to other ​​​driver

    Under NSW Road Rules, drivers involved in an accident must stop at the scene of the accident and give their details to the following people, where pos​sible: 

    • ​​any other driver involved in the accident,
    • any other person involved in the accident who is injured and
    • the owner of any property or vehicle damaged in the accident. 

    What you need from the other driver

    If you had an accident with another car, you should ask the other driver to show you their driver licence. Look at the back of the licence, to see if they have a new address.

    You should find out and write down: 

    • ​the driver's name, address and licence number
    • the driver's phone number
    • if the driver is not the owner of the car, the name, address and phone number of the person who owns the car
    • the car's registration number
    • the make, model and colour of the car
    • the other car's insurance policy details.

    AlertIt is an offence to not exchange details. 

    AlertWhen you are talking to the other driver, you should not admit to the other driver that the accident was your fault as this may affect any claim on your insurance.

    What you can do if you did not get any details

    If the other driver did not give you their details, there are other ways you can find out this information. You can:

    • ​contact the police officer who attended the accident
    • ask for a copy of the Police Incident Report
    • make an access application. 

    For more information on getting the other driver's details, see Identify the other party