Car Accident Adelaide
Car accidents in Adelaide, like much of Australia are an all too common part of daily life on our roads. If you have been involved in a crash, it can be a stressful time to deal with as well, but there are some simple steps that you can follow to make getting back on the road smoother.
Report the accident
You may need to report the accident to the police, as well as your insurer if you have insurance.
The law in South Australia requires you to report an accident to police within 90 minutes if the accident involved a fatality or injury. There are other instances where you are required to report the accident directly to the police within 24 hours, including if the estimated damage to vehicles or property involved in the crash is likely to exceed $3,000. There’s information about what you are required to report and how to do so at www.reportacrash.police.sa.gov.au.
If you have insurance, you’ll also need to report the accident to your insurer regardless of the extent of damages and whether you intend to make a claim or not. It is a requirement of most insurance policies that you do this.
Arrange the repairs on your vehicle
The steps you take to get your car fixed depend on whether you have insurance or not.
For drivers with insurance, your insurer will have specific requirements you need to follow to get your car repaired so it’s important to contact them before you make any arrangements for towing or repairs. You may need to take your vehicle to their assessment centre or an authorised repairer.
If you are not insured, you’ll need to cover the cost of getting your car repaired, unless the other driver was at fault. When you choose a repairer, make sure you get a written quote detailing parts and labour before you agree to any repairs being carried out. Determining fault and claiming damages may require legal advice/action; the Legal Services Commission of South Australia has information on what to do in this situation.
Get a rental car until yours is back on the road
Following the car accident in Adelaide, you could be left without your car for at least a few days, or up to a few weeks until it is repaired and back on the road.
Getting a rental car for this period is a common solution to keeping you moving without needing to rely on friends, family or public transport. It doesn’t have to be expensive either – many drivers can access a rental car at no cost to them.
Regardless of if you have insurance or not, if you were not at fault in the accident, you are entitled to having the reasonable cost of a rental car covered by the at-fault party. It’s easy to take advantage of this option through Acorn Rentals too; we charge the cost of the rental directly to the insurer of the at-fault driver. With a contract of indemnity, you’re also guaranteed to not have to pay any of the cost.
If you’ve found yourself without the use of your car due to an accident that was not your fault, apply to Acorn Rentals for a free courtesy car.