We are Specialist Failing to Stop and Report an Accident Solicitors
Caddick Davies Solicitors specialise in representing motorists who find themselves charged with offences of failing to stop and report an accident, contrary to Section 170(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
In accordance with the law if a motorist has an accident on a road or other public place, which results in damage to another vehicle, personal injury to any other person, damage to any roadside fixture (e.g. signs and fences) or any animal, then they are required to stop immediately at the scene and to exchange their name, address and vehicle details with any person that may reasonably require them. If a person for any reason is unable to provide their details, for instance if it is late at night and there is nobody around, then you are under a duty to report the accident at a police station or to a police constable as soon as “reasonably practicable” and in any event within 24 hours.
The maximum penalty for failing to stop and report an accident is 6 months in prison and/or a fine and the endorsement of between 5 and 10 penalty points.
This offence is commonly committed in combination with an offence of Driving Without Due Care and Attention (Careless Driving) when it is often the case that a person has been involved in a minor collision without knowing (e.g. clipping a wing mirror or brushing a car in the supermarket car park).
We have successfully defended many motorists charged with this offence and so if you find yourself with a Court Summons for failing to stop and report an accident, please contact us for advice and a no obligation consultation on how we can help.