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In some cases, you must legally report a car accident to the police.
You must report a car accident to police when:
You can report the accident to the police by:
You must report as soon as possible and within 24 hours, unless there are exceptional circumstances. It is an offence if you do not.
If someone is killed or injured as a result of the accident, you should get legal advice before making a statement to the police.
When you report the accident to the police, you will be given an Event Number beginning with the letter E. Write this down – you may need it later if you decide to request a copy of the police report.
Police will not always attend the scene of an accident. They have guidelines about when they will and will not attend. The police are likely to attend the scene of an accident where:
In these cases, you may call 000 so that the police can attend the scene.
If someone is killed or injured as a result of the accident, you should get legal advice before contacting the police.
If only a car needs to be towed away and no-one is injured or affected by drugs or alcohol, the police do not need to attend the scene.
You must exchange details with the other driver and report the crash. You can report the accident after you have left the scene by calling the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
For more information on when and how to call the police, see Road Safety on the NSW Police Force website.