What to do when you are stopped by police
You are unlikely to be stopped by the police for no reason, and if you are stopped by the police it is more likely to be out of concern for your safety than anything else. If you are doing something illegal and the police pull you over you must stop the car and speak to the police officer there and then. If you refuse to pull over then this can lead to a chase and accidents, and will make for a much tougher punishment when you are eventually pulled over. You do have rights when stopped by the police, so you should bear these in mind, but you also have responsibilities and should remain polite and respectful even if you don’t feel that you have been pulled over for a good reason.
You do have rights and should know what these are when you are pulled over. Don’t do everything a police officer says just because they are a police officer, know what you can and cannot do to make the process easier on yourself.
- You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer any questions or justify your behaviour if you don’t want to. You should say this to the police officer but expect to be arrested and questioned later on if you do.
- You do not have to let police search your car. Again, you should expect that if the police have a valid reason to want to search your car you may be arrested.
- You have the right to a lawyer.
- You have the right to leave if you are not under arrest. Ask the police officer if you are being detained and, if not, if you may leave.
- Be calm and polite at all times
- Do not lie
- Do not obstruct the law. If you know something and are asked, give up this information freely.
Claiming compensation for a whiplash injury in Chislehurst
If you have been involved in an accident which was the fault of the other driver, you should always stop and wait for the police so that a full accident report can be written up. If you have sustained a whiplash injury in Chislehurst or any other injury, and can prove that the accident was the fault of someone else, you should be able to claim compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to talk about your whiplash injury in Chislehurst and find out whether or not you have a case for compensation. The team at the helpline are friendly and professional and will give you all the advice you need about making a claim for your whiplash injury in Chislehurst. You can call the helpline 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 3rd May 2014
Author: David Brown