Good information, but not enough. The Internet lives on Danko’s accident but still spreads nonsense. Politicians have caused a chaos in which they are not familiar with the constant changes in the law “8/2009 Z. z. On road traffic”. Even those who voted for important changes two or three years ago do not know what is in it. Politicians from Oľano changed the law 6 times in 2022 alone. They have to change the stupid, simple law every two months!
This is the latest version, valid from 04/01/2024. Traffic accidents are dealt with in the Third Part, § 64 plus others.
In 2022 and 2023, significant changes occurred in traffic accidents. In July 2022, point d) on material damage apparently exceeding one and a half times the greater damage according to the Criminal Code was dropped from the law. That is the €3990 that is being talked about on the internet today. This is no longer the case, but few have noticed. Therefore, the information about €3990 is incorrect.
Today, a traffic accident is NOT defined by material damage!! You can cause damage even for a million euros, it doesn’t matter. Unless other conditions defining a traffic accident are met, it will only be a damage event.
Here is a good example of the chaos of the media and maybe even the police themselves. Some media reported on this accident as a “traffic accident”. But the police informs on Facebook: “Despite the threatening-looking images from the scene of the incident, there were no injuries, so the police register the matter as a damage incident”.
The police informs about the damage event on Facebook. But I can see in the photo, I circled it, that the asphalt is damaged. The police concluded that there was little damage, if the road was damaged more, it would be a traffic accident and not a damage incident.
From a layman’s point of view, it is clear. It’s a crash, a typical traffic accident. From the point of view of Slovak politicians, who create the law, it is not a traffic accident. It will not be included in traffic accident statistics.
My advice, knowing the definition of a traffic accident and damage event is important for a motorist. Look it up in the law. Relying on the media to explain it to us is insufficient. The road traffic law must be followed. Politicians do not sleep, they do good and “improve” this important law every year. In the 14 years since it has been in force, it has been improved 45 times. On average, 3 changes per year.