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CLEARING THE ROAD

When the injured have been taken to hospital or have been properly tended to, the drivers - if they have not been injured - can attend to the damaged vehicles. Remember, however, that when someone has been killed or injured in an accident in an urban area it is an offence to remove any of the vehicles involved from the positions in which they came to rest, except in the following circumstances:

  • Where removal has been authorised by a traffic or police officer; and
  • If the vehicle is causing 'complete obstruction of the roadway of a public road'. Even when a vehicle is causing complete obstruction, it may be moved only sufficiently to allow the traffic to pass, and then only after the person moving it has clearly marked its position on the surface of the road. If a vehicle must be moved before the police arrive, first mark its position with chalk or crayon, indicating the corners of the car and the position of its wheels. Ask the driver or an independent third party to confirm in writing the accuracy of the marks that you have drawn.

If you are the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident, remember that it is in your interest to wait until the police arrive, even if you consider yourself to be in the right. If you leave the scene before the arrival of the police, you may find later that they have been given a one-sided account of what happened by another party. This may show you in an unfavourable light, and the one-sided evidence may be difficult to refute later.

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