What to do if You’re in a Car or Scooter Accident in Bali
Despite being a holiday island destination, many foreigners living and even just visiting here drive motorbikes and cars themselves. That means accidents do happen, this is a guide on what to do if it does.
If you’re involved in a car or motorbike accident in Bali, Indonesia, as a foreigner, the steps you take can significantly affect your situation.
Here are the steps and recent updates regarding such accidents:
Immediately after the Accident:
Ensure everyone’s safety and check for injuries.
Call for medical help if needed, the main emergency phone number is 112, for ambulance services, dial 118.
If you’re using an international phone, you may need to add Indonesia’s country code, which is +62, before the area code and emergency number. For example, if you are in South Bali, you would dial +62 361 118 for an ambulance.
If the situation allows, you can also seek help from locals or passersby who may be able to assist in calling emergency services. Most locals will be very helpful and understanding, even if language is a barrier.
In case of non-emergency medical needs, or if you require further medical assistance, you can visit local hospitals or clinics. Some notable medical facilities include the Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) in Kuta and Nusa Dua.
Move the vehicles:
When it’s safe and only if it’s possible, move the vehicles to the side of the road to prevent further accidents and to let traffic flow.
It’s crucial to abide by local traffic laws, as failing to do so can lead to serious consequences. The Bali Police issued an advisory to motorbike and car rental owners to ensure tourists observe road rules on the island.
Be prepared for legal repercussions. There are driving fines for various offenses like not using seat belts, or having more than two people on a bike, among others. If taken to court, fines may be imposed, though they may be lesser than the maximum penalties.
Recent Updates 2023:
Motorcycle Ban for Tourists: There’s been a push by local authorities to ban tourists from riding motorcycles in Bali. The governor, Wayan Koster, has sought national authorities’ support for this ban, especially after incidents of foreigners abusing police and not adhering to local traffic laws.
The implementation details of this ban are not clear yet, but it’s a measure aimed at reducing accidents involving foreign tourists. However, it’s widely believed something like this would never actually happen.
Insurance and Medical Attention:
It’s advisable to have insurance that covers medical expenses and possible legal fees.
Seek medical attention immediately, even for minor injuries, as untreated injuries can lead to complications later.
Documenting the Incident:
Document the scene: Take photos, gather witness contact information, and keep a record of all medical treatment received.
Legal Assistance: It may be beneficial to seek legal advice, especially if you are unfamiliar with Indonesian law.
Communication: Be cautious with communication, especially with insurance companies, and avoid admitting fault prematurely.
These steps can help navigate the aftermath of a car or motorbike accident in Bali, ensuring your safety and legal compliance as a foreigner.
[The featured photo was taken of a car accident that occurred on the Canggu Shortcut.]