Failure to Stop or Report a Road Accident

Failure to Stop or Report a Road Accident

Are You Facing A Penalty For Failing To Stop

If you’ve failed to stop and report an accident where someone is injured or an incident where another vehicle or property is damaged, then you could face prosecution. This is known as an AC10 driving offence, and can incur a harsh penalty if you are found guilty.

It is an offence if you don’t stop following an accident. You must also give your details to anyone reasonably entitled to ask for them as well. If you don’t give your details, you must report the accident to the police as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case within twenty-four hours.

If you haven’t done these things, you could be liable for prosecution. If this is case, or if you’re unsure about what to do, it’s always best to seek legal advice, and that’s where we can help.

Ring us on 0161 834 9494 to discuss your situation, and we’ll be more than happy to advise you on what to do next.

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Dealing With A Charge Of Failing To Stop

We have considerable experience in these cases and have helped many drivers to defend or mitigate prosecutions for these offences. If in doubt, you should always get expert legal advice.

If you are genuinely unaware of the accident, or of the damage or injury resulting from it, you have a defence. This can sometimes happen where the damage was very minor. In some cases, drivers find themselves facing fraudulent or exaggerated claims. These can be difficult for an unrepresented driver to defend and may need expert forensic evidence to prove the driver’s innocence.

This is where we can help at Richard Silver.

The Consequences Of Failing To Report An Accident

Failure to stop or report is an offence carrying:

  • A minimum of 5 points.
  • In serious cases, up to 10 points.
  • And even disqualification from driving.

Many people think that they automatically have 24 hours to report an accident. This is wrong. You must report it as soon as possible AND within 24 hours. If the accident is off-road, but it’s a public place, for example a supermarket car park during opening hours, you must still stop and report the incident.

Are You At Risk Of A Penalty For Failing to Stop?

If you’re unsure of your current legal situation or you’re worried about an accident you should have reported, then we’re here to help you in every way we can.

Our team of experienced solicitors have years of experience with motoring offences, and we can advise you on the best course of action and any possible defences you might have. We’ll work to get you the best possible result, and hopefully prevent you from any prosecution.

Get in touch today on 0161 834 9494.