Legal obligations after an accident
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The law imposes a number of obligations on a driver involved in, or accused of being involved in, an accident. If you fail to comply with the following duties, you will be guilty of an offence.
Duty to stop
If you are involved in an accident on a road or other public place, which causes damage or personal injury then you must stop. You do not have to stop indefinitely, but you must stop for a sufficient period of time to enable a person having reasonable grounds to do so to ask for your name and address.
Failing to stop can lead to 5 – 10 penalty points on your licence, a driving ban and/or a fine. In serious cases, it can lead to a fine of up to 75% of your weekly income, and/or up to 6 months imprisonment.
Duty to report
If you are involved in an accident, you must also either:
- give your name and address, the name and address of the owner of the vehicle and the identification marks of the vehicle, if required to do so by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, or
- report the accident to the police as soon as is reasonably practicable, and in any case within 24 hours of the accident.
Failing to give information or report can lead to 5 – 10 penalty points on your licence, a driving ban and/or a fine. In serious cases, it can lead to a fine of up to 75% of your weekly income, and/or up to 6 months imprisonment.
The comments above are general and should not be taken as a definitive statement of the law or procedure. Expert advice should always be sought on this area. We have not attempted to cover all the obligations or legal requirements that may arise.