Last updated 29 August 2016     This chapter is currently under review.

The driver of any vehicle involved in an incident resulting in injury to any person or damage to any property is required to stop at the scene and may also be required to provide their name and address to certain people (including police and the driver of the other vehicle) (s 92 Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (Qld)). If any person is injured, the driver is required to remain at the scene and give assistance. The driver must report the accident to police if a person is killed or injured, or if property damage is likely to exceed $2500.

Failure to comply with any of these requirements is an offence punishable by a fine of up to $2356 or imprisonment for one year. If a driver has shown callous disregard for the needs of an injured person, imprisonment shall form at least part of the penalty (s 147 Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld)). Giving false information to police yields greater punishment.

If this offence is committed in conjunction with a more serious offence, for example dangerous driving, it has an aggravating effect on the sentence to be imposed.