Drivers involved in road accidents are required to remain at the scene and:
- Help potentially injured individuals
- Call emergency services
- Exchange names, addresses and insurance details with other drivers or owners of damaged properties
If a property is damaged and the owner is not present, the police should be informed of the damage. These things have to be done, by the way, by all involved, regardless of who was at fault.
Leaving the scene of road traffic accidents
Leaving accident scenes and/ or refusing to exchange details could result in being charged with:
- Failing to stop following an accident
- Failing to render assistance
- Failing to exchange name, etc
- Failing to report accidents to police (in case property was damaged)
If a person was seriously injured or died as the result of a road accident and you have left the scene, you may also be charged with what is known as an indictable offence. This could potentially mean large fines and or jail sentences as long as 10 years.
Making a claim for untraced driver injury compensation
In spite of these potentially serious consequences, some drivers leave scenes of car or motorbike accidents and or choose not to exchange the necessary information. In such cases it is vital to:
- Inform the police
- Collect as much information as possible
- Secure witness statements, names and contact details
- Take photos of injuries, damages to vehicles or properties and road lay-out/ conditions
If it is not possible to do this due to injuries, it is possible to take photos of the vehicle and return to the scene later in order to get such visual evidence.
In essence, the more information and evidence is secured, the more likely it is for making a claim for untraced driver compensation to succeed. Naturally, it is also essential to seek medial assistance, even if injuries appear to be minor. Apart from ensuring injuries are not more serious than they appear to be to begin with, medical records will also be required when claiming for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Calling the Accident Advice Helpline will ensure you receive 100% independent, specialist legal assistance in making an untraced driver accident claim. This naturally also applies to pedestrians or cyclists injured by road accident.
Operating 100% on conditional fee agreements, or, as it is better known, a no win, no fee basis, these legal professionals have years of experience in dealing with claims of this nature.
If you were injured in a car accident involving an untraced driver within the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline’s free-phone number to discuss your case confidentially and initiate making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: November 3, 2013
Author: David Brown