From the 1st of January 2015, the law in relation to reporting traffic crashes has changed. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a traffic crash, depending on the severity of the crash there will be different requirements. Motorists are only required to report traffic crashes where:
(i) death or injury occurs; or
(ii) a vehicle requires towing from the scene.
If you are involved in a traffic crash where:
(i) no one is injured and the involved vehicles are driveable: the drivers need to exchange their personal & licence details, vehicle details and insurance company details (if known). If desired the crash can be reported electronically; or
(ii) no one is injured but a vehicle requires to be towed from the scene, the drivers are required to exchange their details (as above) and submit a traffic crash report to the Queensland Police Service; or
(iii) no one is injured, but one of the drivers is won’t provide their details, does not have a licence or is affected by alcohol or drugs, police should be advised by calling Policelink on 131 444 or 000 in emergencies; or
(iv) a person is injured or dies in the incident, police are to be advised immediately by calling Policelink on 131 444 or 000 in emergencies.
Non-injury traffic crashes can be reported to police by submitting an electronic report through a smartphone app or through the Queensland Police Service website. The app can be downloaded for free and can be used for many purposes, including reporting crimes and traffic crashes, providing photos to police of suspicious behaviour, locating a police station, or receiving up to date information through the newsfeed. The smartphone app can be downloaded for free at https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/policelink/.
Naturally, it is better to be a considerate driver and avoid accidents in the first place!