Reporting an accident need not be a complicated affair, but what exactly is it that you should do in the event that you are involved in car accident? An initial web search of accident repair cars is not a bad place to start, but there are a few things to do before calling a service thrown up by your accident repair cars search if you are to stay within the law following an accident.
How to report your accident
If you are ever involved in a road traffic accident, and you were driving, if any of the following applies…
- Somebody other than yourself is injured
- There is damage caused to another vehicle
- An animal has been killed or injured, that was not in your vehicle at the time
Then you must…
- Stop and remain at the scene for a reasonable period (time enough for others to be notified, details to be left etc.)
- Give your vehicle registration number, your name and address, and that of the vehicle owner (if the vehicle is not yours), to anyone with reasonable grounds for asking for those details (such as the property owner, other vehicle owner, a police officer…)
If you do not exchange details at the scene, then you must report the accident at a police station or to a police officer within 24 hours.
Injury caused to another
If an injury is caused to another person, then you must also…
- Produce your certificate of insurance, if anyone at the scene has reasonable grounds to see it. If you do not produce it, or you do not have it with you, then you must do so at a police station or to a police officer within 24 hours. If you do not have a copy of your certificate then you must nominate a police station and return there within 7 seven days with a copy.
Note: Reporting the accident to the police by telephone is not acceptable; neither is asking somebody else to report it for you.
Failing to comply with these obligations can mean that you are committing two offences: failing to stop and failing to report. It is possible to be found guilty of either or both. The penalties for each offence include a maximum fine of £5,000 and five to ten penalty points. The court also has the power to disqualify you from driving for either offence and is likely to do so when both offences are committed on the same occasion. There is also the possibility of jail; each offence can carry a maximum of six months’ imprisonment.
Accident repair cars offences
In addition, if someone holds you responsible for the accident then they have the right to request your insurance details – failing to provide that information, without a reasonable excuse, is also an offence.
Lastly, always make sure that you report the accident with your insurance company as soon as possible.
And if the accident was not your fault then perhaps somebody from your accident repair cars search or, even better, Accident Advice Helpline can help you with the rest. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 15th July 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Car accident claims