If you know you have been involved in an accident causing injury to another person or damage to their property, you are under an obligation to stop, and if required by the other person, give your details.
If it is not possible to give your details to the other person, then you must report the accident in person at a police station or to a police officer as soon as possible and certainly within 24 hours.
Even if the incident was not your fault you are still required to report it. If you have failed to stop and report an accident that you were involved in and need advice contact our transport team on 0800 0463066
Failure to stop and report following an accident is a serious offence and this is reflected in the sentences. The offences each carry endorsement of the driver’s licence with between 5-10 penalty points, a period of up to 6 months disqualification, and/or even a custodial sentence of up to 6 months. In addition the court can impose a maximum penalty of up to £5,000.
You could be prosecuted for failing to stop and failing to report, regardless of whether you are to blame for the accident. If the accident is wholly or partially your fault, you could also be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention or dangerous driving.
If no damage has been caused, you have no obligation to provide details. However, even where the slightest amount of damage has occurred, you must stop and provide details.
If you are unaware that an accident occurred, then you may have a defence. You will have to satisfy the Court that you were genuinely unaware of an incident, or any damage that occurred, you may have a potential defence and may not be convicted for failing to stop and failing to report if it is accepted that you honestly were unaware of the incident.
It is also advisable to obtain any witness information immediately. Witnesses that are traced after the incident may have their credibility questioned if you did not establish their identity at the scene, also, any delay in obtaining information from them may cloud their recollection of events.
Call one of our specialised team of experts on 0800 0463066