If you are involved in an accident that results in any injury or damage at all you must stop even if it is not your fault. You must then give their details to anyone else involved. If you can’t stop for any reason then you must go to a police station or speak to a police officer in person as soon as you can. The obligation is just the same for a minor bump in the supermarket car park.
If the police have accused you of failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident and you want to challenge the case against you, I may be able to help. Are you worried about a driving ban or prison for failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident? I can help with that too.
Things I Look Out For in a Failing to Stop or Report an Accident Case
- Is there any evidence that the accused was driving
- Is there any evidence that there was any damage or injury
- Is there any evidence that the accused did not stop
- Was there a good reason for not stopping
- Was the accident reported in good time
- Errors in procedure by the police
- Errors in procedure by the prosecution
- Is there anything about the case that could amount to a special reason not to impose penalty points or a ban
- Where the driver has 12 points or more will the minimum disqualification cause exceptional hardship
- Is there any mitigation that will prevent the magistrates from passing a stiff sentence, including prison
Also Known As
- Hit and run
- Not stopping after an accident
Do Not Confuse With
- Failing to provide driver details
- Failing to furnish driver information
- Failing to stop for a constable
Penalties for Failing to Stop or Report an Accident
The maximum sentence for failing to stop or report an accident is:
- Unlimited fine
- 6 months in prison
- 5-10 penalty points or a disqualification from driving
When a magistrates’ court sentences someone for failing to stop or report an accident they use these guidelines.
|Examples of nature of activity||Starting point||Range|
|Minor damage/injury or stopped at scene but failed to exchange particulars or report||Band B fine||Band B fine
5 – 6 points
|Moderate damage/injury or failed to stop and failed to report||Band C fine||Band C fine|
|Serious damage/injury and/or evidence of bad driving||High level community order||Band C fine to 26 weeks custody
Disqualify 6 – 12 months
OR 9 – 10 points
Read this post to find out more about sentencing guidelines.
Crown Court or Magistrates’ Court?
Failing to stop or report an accident trials and guilty pleas are always in the Magistrates’ Court. Appeals are in the Crown Court.
Find Out More
- Failing to stop or report an accident FAQs
- Legal advice for a police interview
- Taking a case to trial in the Magistrates’ Court
- Special reasons not to disqualify or give penalty points
- Avoiding a driving ban for 12 penalty points (or more)
- How I can help with a guilty plea in the Magistrates’ Court
- Appeals to the Crown Court against conviction and sentence
- Second opinions
- Great value fixed fees
Unsure If You Need Legal Representation for Failing to Stop or Report an Accident?
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