Avoid committing an offence after an accident
Even if you were not to blame for an accident, you can still be liable for something which then happens if you don’t follow the correct protocol after the accident. If you commit an offence after an accident has happened you may still find yourself in trouble with the law, and may still end up receiving a punishment if you are caught.
If you were not to blame for the accident then you should be able to use a whiplash injury claim solicitor to make a claim for your injuries against the other driver. If you commit an offence after the incident this may be less likely.
Circumstances under which you must act
You don’t always have to remain at the scene or call the police after an accident, although it is recommended that you do just in case, so that you can be a part of the police report and exchange details with the other driver. However, you must remain at the scene for a reasonable period of time if:
- Someone has been injured or killed
- An animal has been injured or killed as the result of your accident
- There is damage to one or both of the vehicles involved in an accident
What you should do
Under these circumstances you should do a series of things to make sure that you are behaving in a legal way, and cannot be blamed for anything which happens after the fact.
- Stop and stay on the scene
- Approach the other driver with your insurance and personal details, and ask them for their own details
- Call the police and stay put until they have arrived so that you can speak to someone official
- Offer your insurance certificate to both the other party and the police if someone other than yourself has been injured
- If you do not have your insurance details on you, offer personal information and then bring your insurance details to the police station within a week after the accident.
If you do not do any of these things and instead leave the scene, you may be tracked down and there will be a penalty which could be anything from a fine to a driving ban, or even a stay in prison.
How to find a whiplash injury claim solicitor
The best way to make a claim for compensation after an accident is to use a whiplash injury claim solicitor who will know the law better than you and be able to put together a stronger case for compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to be teamed with an experienced whiplash injury claim solicitor and start moving forward with a claim for compensation. Your whiplash injury claim solicitor will work on a 100% no win no fee* basis to process your claim, and will also work on your behalf so that you shouldn’t have to go to court.