Extract from Rod's web page on what to do when being overtaken by a large truck.
In all states, a vehicle accident in which there has been bodily injury or potential (eg a neck whiplash injury which may have far reaching consequences in the future may not be obvious at the time of the accident), in which there has been significant property damage (vehicles and/or other property) must be reported to the Police as soon as possible. If in any doubt, call Police from the accident site and discuss their need for attendance. This is particularly important where one party may be deemed at fault due to a breach of the law eg failing to give way, or is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
When to report a traffic crash in Western Australia
The driver of a vehicle must report a traffic crash when the incident occurred on a road or any place commonly used by the public, e.g. carparks; and
§ the incident resulted in bodily harm to any person; or
§ the total value of property damaged to all involved parties exceeds $3000; or
§ the owner or representative of any damaged property is not present.
Reports can be submitted on line in certain circumstances; see On Line Crash Report
When to report a traffic crash in South Australia
The types of collisions which must be reported to police by law are defined on the right of this page.
If police did not attend at the scene of a reportable collision, you must report the crash to police by attending at a police station.
If someone was injured or killed in the collision, you must present to a police officer within 90 minutes of the collision.
For all other reportable collisions you must report to a police officer as soon as possible but, except in exceptional circumstances, within twenty four hours after the collision. This does not mean that a driver has twenty-four hours to report a collision because even three hours after the collision, in many cases, could be considered as soon as possible, depending on the circumstances. An example of exceptional circumstances would include a driver who is conveyed to hospital and is admitted for treatment for more than 24 hours.
When to report a traffic crash in
Please refer to the pamphlet at Collision Information Pamphlet
When to report a traffic crash in Australian Capital Territory
Refer to ACT Accident Reports
for Reporting a Traffic Crash in
A Traffic Crash means an occurrence arising from the operation of any vehicle, aircraft or vessel whereby any person or animal is injured or any property is damaged. It includes any other contingency or similar result requiring investigation or attention by police in the public interest, and includes a crash as defined in the Australian Road Rules.
possible, at the scene of the accident/crash all drivers must exchange details (if able to do so). These include details of all full
names, addresses and registration numbers of all vehicles and/or pedestrians involved. A Traffic Crash must be reported within 12
months of the date of the crash for a claim to be made under the provisions of the Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB). Callers
can phone the Police Assistance Line (131 444) for a non-emergency, or Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Drivers and pedestrians
can visit any police station around
We do not drive at after dark when towing. When driving in rural, pastoral, parks or open country there is always the danger of hitting an animal which may suddenly cross the road. This is particularly important when towing as you have less maneuverability and possibly less braking speed. The danger is far greater at night, particularly at dusk and dawn when kangaroos are on the move. When crossing through unfenced stations at night, dark coloured cattle or horses on the road will be difficult to see. In desert areas where feral camels abound, they will step onto the road without warning even during daylight hours. We saw a caravan which had sustained significant damage due to a camel coming onto the road and hitting it during the day. In Central Australia and the Western Australian deserts camels are a hazard on the road, particularly at night. Try not to swerve to avoid an animal as you may lose control or have the caravan sway and possibly roll over and sustain more damage than by a direct strike.
¬ Only use containers that meet Australian standards
¬ Keep the nozzle in contact with the container during filling
¬ Fill the container slowly to reduce static build-up and avoid fuel spillage and splattering
¬ Avoid filling a container while it is in the vehicle or on the back of a ute or truck
¬ Switch off your engine. Turn your vehicle off and disable any other auxiliary sources
of ignition to avoid the generation of sparks.
¬ Do not smoke. Do not smoke or light matches in the vicinity of the refuelling area.
¬ Do not re-enter and get out of your car. Do not re-enter your vehicle while refuelling is in
progress. Staying outside your vehicle will reduce the potential for any build-up of static electricity to be discharged at the nozzle.
¬ Discharge static build-up. Discharge any static build-up before reaching the nozzle. This can be done by touching the metal door of the vehicle with a bare hand.
¬ Do not jam the refuelling trigger. Do not use any object to jam the refuelling trigger to keep it open.
Rob Caldwell of Caldwell Consulting has published Caravans and Trucks Sharing the Road which explains the effects of a truck passing or overtaking on airflow and caravan stability.
For more on caravan stability and dynamics, see A Correctly Loaded Rig.
New South Wales has new guidelines effective 15 October 2014
New South Wales has new guidelines effective 15 October 2014
From 15 October 2014, to help reduce danger to road users
and manage crashes more efficiently, you may no longer have to wait for police at a crash site in NSW. Police will only need
to attend if: · anyone is trapped or injured · they are needed to direct traffic or deal with hazards · any drivers appear to
be affected by alcohol or drugs · a bus or truck needs to be towed, or anyone
involved has failed to exchange details
From 15 October 2014, to help reduce danger to road users and manage crashes more efficiently, you may no longer have to wait for police at a crash site in NSW.
Police will only need to attend if:
· anyone is trapped or injured
· they are needed to direct traffic or deal with hazards
· any drivers appear to be affected by alcohol or drugs
· a bus or truck needs to be towed, or anyone involved has failed to exchange details
In Queensland and Northern Territory; make contact by telephone or as soon as possible at the nearest Police station, being in mind the general comments above.