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Road accident - need help and advice

Hello,

I had a road accident in Zurich canton today.

I approached a crossroad and push the car brake on the red signal of traffic light. Unfortunatelly the was ice. The car didn't stop and hit another car which turned left. The speed was minimal. People were not hurt. The damages of both cars are not significant. Both cars are insured. Lady from the damaged car called police and they registered the accident.

Now, I'm worried what kind of consequencies it will entail in terms of fines for this accident. Can the authorities disqulify me as a driver? What is a procedure for such cases? Did you have such experience? What would you recommend?

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Road accident - need help and advice

It would be impossible to say for sure as we don't know the full details.

If nobody has been hurt and it just a fender-bender, the insurance companies will deal with the damage.

Going through a red light may incur further action if the police deem appropriate. Were there any witnesses?
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It would be impossible to say for sure as we don't know the full details.

If nobody has been hurt and it just a fender-bender, the insurance companies will deal with the damage.

Going through a red light may incur further action if the police deem appropriate. Were there any witnesses?
Yes, there was a witness who confirmed that I passed the red light.
It is first accident with police involvement that's why I'm worried about consequences….

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Re: Road accident - need help and advice

If the police were called, they will make the report that you lost control of your vehicle, depending on circumstances you will get a fine and maybe a driving ban for 1 - 3 months.
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Re: Road accident - need help and advice

Can’t imagine anything will happen, will just be sorted out by insurance.

Some idiot drove into me on a roundabout this summer (no ice as an excuse)... he called the police as he was a stress head and thought it was my fault (it wasn’t, his insurance paid out no questions asked)...... the police came but just helped out with filling out insurance accident report, they weren’t interested otherwise as it was minor!
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Nobody here knows what they will do, they might just look at the accident and not deem it your fault yet offc still your responsibility but shit happens. They might deem you drove to fast for the circumstances, they might look at the red light for which you did not stop, they might give you a fine, they might deem it dangerous driving and revoke your license for some months (including a hefty fine).

All you can do for now is wait and see what lands on your doormat.
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Re: Road accident - need help and advice

A likely scenario:

A fine of approx CHF 250 based on Art. 90 Abs. 1 SVG and Art. 31 Abs. 1 SVG
Curt fees of approx CHF 200
Police fees of approx CHF 100
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/pd/de/i...enpflicht.html

A warning from the driving license authority, valid for the next 2 years Art, 16a SVG.
Which comes with bill for CHF 250.
https://stva.zh.ch/internet/sicherhe...hr/GEBama.html

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As it was a red traffic light it could also end with this:
A suspened monetary penalty of approx 10 day plus a fine of approx CHF 600 based on Art. 90 Abs. 2 SVG, Art. 27 Abs. 1 SVG (and Art. 68 SSV), Art. 31 Abs. 1 SVG
Curt fees of approx CHF 430
Police fees of approx CHF 100
A criminal record entry. Publicly visible during the suspension period which is normally 2 years.
https://staatsanwaltschaften.zh.ch/i...gen_EXTERN.pdf

A driving ban of at least 3 months. Art. 16c SVG
Which comes with a bill for CHF 360.

Edit: The cost for driving ban/warning depend on your canton of residence. The above values are for Zurich, Jura might have other fees.
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Re: Road accident - need help and advice

just from other people I personally know who've had similar 'bumps' expect a large fine and a driving ban
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Re: Road accident - need help and advice

I hope you have winter tyres/tires ...
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Re: Road accident - need help and advice

Why would the OP get a fine or ban when he simply skidded on ice? No car would stop in ice. As I read the situation, the OP was coming to a red light, he states he was approaching it and he tried to stop for the red light but there was ice so he skidded on it and this resulted in him through the red light and hit the car in front. I don’t see how that is his fault? Of course I’m assuming all positive aspects such as winter tyres, no speeding, other car was directly in front of him and he didnt skid too much but I could be wrong.

Have you called your insurance company? Did you get any other witnesses to write down the details as they saw the accident? Always do this as it could help you.
 




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