If you are involved in an accident whilst driving that results in someone being injured, damage to another vehicle or damage to property then you have a legal obligation to stop and exchange details with anyone who has reasonable grounds to ask for them.
Where it is not possible to stop, you must report the incident in person to a police officer ideally as soon as possible, or within 24 hours.
Failing to stop at the scene and report a traffic accident is an offence, and if convicted you could face an endorsement of 5-10 penalty points, a fine of up to £5000 or you could be sentenced to up to 26 weeks in prison. The court will consider a number of factors to decide on the seriousness of the offence and the penalty you should receive, including whether you knew damage had been caused but left the scene anyway; whether you are suspected of driving with excess alcohol or drugs whilst committing the offence; and what evidence there is of bad driving.
We would recommend seeking legal advice quickly if you have failed to stop and report an accident or have been convicted of failing to stop and report. Our motorist defence team at Rotheras have significant experience in dealing with failure to stop and report offences and have successfully defended a number of these cases.
We have a site dedicated solely to Motoring Offences whilst still using the same expert Transport solicitors, so if you’re looking for more information about types of offences, our team, where we operate or case studies from some of our previous clients, then head over to KeepMeOnTheRoad. If you feel you’ve read enough and want to speak to one of the country’s leading transport Law teams, give us a call now on 0115 910 0600.
If you are invited to a police station interview we can attend this interview with you.
When you instruct us we will go through all aspects of your case in order to put together a strategy and put forward a successful defence.
We have significant experience in representing clients in court for offences of failing to stop or report an accident.
We will thoroughly examine all the evidence against you, including assessing the strength of the evidence and whether all evidence has been disclosed.
We can help you whether you decide to plead guilty or want to defend your case.
We may be able to defend your case in situations where you were unaware an accident had happened or you stopped at the scene but were unable to find anyone to exchange details with and left only after a reasonable duration of time.
“Our experienced and specialist team represent clients nationally on a day-to-day basis”
Head of Transport Law
Posted January 27, 2020
This was my first experience using a solicitor, something I felt quite daunted about. Rothera Sharp (Greg and Petra) put me at ease and were very helpful.
Posted January 27, 2020
Last year I experienced a car accident, as a front seat passenger. I put forward a personal injury claim with Rothera Sharp. From start to finish, my claim has been dealt with efficiently and professionally, and I have always felt my best interests were considered. All communications were made via letter or email to inform me of all further updates. My claim has now come to an end and I am very happy with the overall outcome. I would recommend Rothera Sharp for their service.
Posted February 4, 2020
We cannot recommend Chris Powell of Rothera Sharp more highly. Mr Powell demonstrated the upmost professionalism with a high level of knowledge of the area for which he was representing us. Anyone needing representation/advice regarding the area of haulage will find that Chris Powell and Rothera Sharp are the best choice.
Posted February 4, 2020
Claim dealt with efficiently and to a satisfactory conclusion. Wayne Vickers visited me at home initially and explained everything thoroughly. Professional service throughout. Recommended
Anton Balkitis leads the transport law team and is a nationally recognised road transport lawyer and motoring law specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Olivia Maginn is a transport and motoring law specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Chris Powell specialises in road transport law and motoring defence. He advises and represents haulage and PSV operator licence holders and drivers on all road transport regulatory matters.
Hardeep Chumber is a paralegal in Rotheras Motoring and Transport department and is based at our Lace Market office.
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