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Failing To Stop At An Accident: All You Need To Know

Jan 5 2023 | Criminal Law

by Jamie Pellman

by Jamie Pellman

Head of Criminal Defence

In this article

Mitigating Factors:

  • Good driving record
  • Road/traffic conditions
  • In an emergency
  • No realisation of the accident

Aggravating Factors:

  • If the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Evidence of reckless/dangerous driving
  • Knowing of harm and still leaving
  • Driving with no license/insurance
Remember...

If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, whether you have been hit or have hit someone, you must report it as soon as possible to avoid any criminal charges. You should report these accidents to the emergency services via 101.

Pierce Whelan Failing to stop after an accident
Sean coates failing to stop at an accident
1. Is failing to stop the same as failing to report?

No, but they are linked. If you fail to stop, you can still report the incident. If you do not report the incident at all, you can face a criminal offence.

2. What should I do if I panicked and drove away from the scene?

In this scenario, you should contact the police via 101 and report the accident.

3. What are effective mitigating circumstances for failing to stop after an accident?

If the accident happened and you were unable to witness anything, this may be a defence line helpful to you. But most actions for defence depend on the situation at the incident.

4. How do I know when to report or stop at an accident?

You should stop if you have taken part in or seen the accident. If you caused the incident and know of any damage or harm, you should stop immediately to provide the details mentioned above.

5. What if I only clipped a wing mirror and didn’t stop?

In this scenario, leave your details with the owner of the car. If the car owner isn’t around or you are unable to provide your details, dial 101 to report the incident.

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