Under Section 170(2) of the Road Traffic act 1988, after an accident you have been involved with has taken place you must stop your vehicle and give your name and address, the name and address of the owner of the vehicle and the identification marks of the vehicle. The duty to stop means that one must stop for a sufficient amount of time, enough to exchange all the necessary details. The driver has an obligation and must report an accident as soon as reasonably practical (within 24 hours). If you have been involved in an accident and failed to stop and report contact our team for advice today on 0800 046 3066.
If you have been involved in an accident or have caused damage to property or another vehicle and fail to stop and report this and leave your details with the Police you may face any of the following punishments:
• A fine
• Up to 10 penalty points
• Up to 26 weeks custody
• A community order
• A disqualification of between 12 and 36 months
It is vital to seek expert advice early on to help you gather evidence and deal with the police – who may wish to interview you about the matter.
If you fail to stop and report an accident, our specialist motoring offence solicitors have the expertise to help you with your enquiry. Contact us on 0800 046 3066 for advice