NSW Police have announced that from October 15 officers will no
longer attend minor vehicle collisions or accidents where cars need
to be towed. Until now police have had to attend all crashes where
towing is required. In future police will attend only if someone
involved is injured, drunk, on drugs or fails to exchange
Traffic and Highway Commander Assistant Commissioner John
Hartley said the changes to reporting requirements would mean
police save time and resources by not attending 20,000 minor
accidents a year. He said many callouts were because air bags had
gone off in a minor bump.
He said people involved in a minor accident should move to the
side of the road, exchange details and drive off, freeing up the
traffic flow. From October 15, only if the vehicle had to be towed
do people need, as soon as possible, to report the incident to the
Police Assistance Line on 131 444. Police event numbers will no
longer be issued for accidents that don't need to be towed.
That's all very well, but what if it's your accident?
What if somebody side-swipes your car while parking? What if you
are rear-ended at traffic lights by somebody on their phone? What
if the kids in the back are screaming and terrified by an
Hartley insists the change won't allow drivers at fault to
get off the hook. If a driver suspects the other driver has been
drinking, taken drugs or is aggressive they should call police to
But it begs the question; how would you know whether the other
driver is affected by alcohol or drugs? Surely they'd want to
get away as quickly as possible and you'd be stressed and
nervous of a confrontation.
If you are in a collision, legal experts suggest that:
You should always alert your insurer following a collision, as
vehicles may be seriously damaged no matter how light it may look.
The insurer will ask questions to see if the car is safe to
Some injuries, particularly spinal injuries, might seem minor
at the time but can turn into serious long term disabilities that
affect earning capacity. If you suffer an injury, particularly a
back or neck injury, call the police even if it seems minor at the
You should take photos of the accident scene from different
angles, including any skid marks on the road as these may be
helpful in the event of a claim. But don't put your life at
risk taking pictures. You got through the accident, don't cause
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The failure of a party to call a witness does not necessarily give rise to an adverse inference being drawn in accordance with Jones v Dunkel (1959) 101 CLR 298. An unfavourable inference is drawn only if evidence otherwise provides a basis on which that unfavourable inference can be drawn.
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