Failure to stop at a road accident
If you’ve been involved in any sort of accident in your vehicle, you’re required by law to stop at the scene. If no-one else is injured and no damage has been caused, you may then leave. But if injuries or damage have occurred, including damage to animals, you must report the incident to the police. Use our online tool to get immediate legal advice.
Failure to stop or report a road traffic accident
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Did you fail to stop at the scene of an accident?
The law says that if you’re involved in an accident while driving, you must stop at the scene to make sure everyone is OK and to exchange details with other drivers or witnesses. If anyone other than yourself has been injured, or if there has been any damage to property or an animal, you must then report the accident to a police officer as soon as possible, and within 24 hours at the latest.
Failing to do so can leave you open to prosecution for failure to stop, or for failure to
If the police have contacted you regarding failure to stop or failure to report an accident,
Can you help if I left the scene of an accident?
These laws are written in order to protect life and property. Failure to stop is regarded as such a serious offence because you’ve a duty to make sure that no-one has been hurt in any collision you’re involved in. Once you’ve done so and exchanged details with anyone else involved in the accident, you’re free to leave as soon as you wish.
Failure to report an accident where injury or damage has occurred is also a serious offence, and it’s no excuse to say that you thought another party was going to report it.
However, our experienced solicitors may be able to defend you if it could be argued, for
example, that you were unaware an accident had occurred. There is also no defined time period that you must remain at the scene, as long as you did in fact stop.
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