If you have been involved in an accident as a driver where someone else has been hurt, damage has been caused to a vehicle or property next to the road or to an animal then you are required by law to stop.
If someone who has reasonable grounds to do so requests you to, (such as the other driver), you must provide your name and address, the registration number of the vehicle and the name and address of the owner of the vehicle.
Possible Penalties of Failing to Report an Accident
If you do not stop and exchange details or there is no one present to provide details to then you must report the matter at a police station or to a police officer as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event no later than 24 hours after the incident. The offences of failing to stop and failing to report carry the possibility of up to a 6 months prison sentence and between 5 and 10 points or a discretionary disqualification from driving. So if you bump an empty parked car, do not simply drive off and hope for the best. Go straight to the police station and if you do not go straight away then you must have an acceptable reason for not doing so.
If you were Unaware the Accident Occurred…
You cannot be found guilty of these offences if the courts are satisfied that you were wholly unaware that the accident had taken place. The court will however assess if you had simply turned a blind eye to factors that should have made it obvious that there had been an accident such as a jolt or audible crash.
If you have been charged with failing to report an accident you may be concerned about how the possible penalties of the offence could affect your life; this is where Just Motor Law are here to help. We provide you with impartial legal advice tailored to your circumstances and defend your right to drive. If you have any questions related to failing to report an accident give one of our qualified solicitors a call on 0845 485 1232 or fill in our contact form.