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Hit and run accidents: The law

Hit and Run road accidents

During 2014 there were around 80,000 road accidents involving hit and run drivers, the majority of the incidents resulted in injury being sustained by the parties involved. If you leave the scene of an accident without exchanging details or checking the other partys wellbeing, you are at risk of committing a criminal offence. It is generally the case that drivers who behave this way are trying to avoid the police or the authorities. Failing to stop at an accident scene quite rightly is dealt with severely by the courts.

Those involved in road accidents have a duty to stop at the scene, to identify themselves to other drivers and to exchange personal details such as names, phone numbers and insurance details.

If the driver fails to stop for some particular reason, such as the situation was unsafe or he felt threatened by the other driver, then they must report the incident as soon as possible, i.e. within 24 hours, at a police station. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

Punishments range from imposing 5 – 10 penalty points, disqualification, fines of between £1,000 to £5,000 or even six months imprisonment. In cases involving serious injury or death, far more punitive measures can be administered.

 

Uninsured drivers

To catch up with uninsured drivers the police use the Motor Insurance Database which helps the police seize around 500 uninsured vehicles every day. Apparently Vauxhall Astra’s are the most seized car making up 5% of all cars collected!

If you have been involved in a hit and run accident we may be able to assist you in making a claim. We also deal with all kinds of road accident compensation claims including whiplash claims, cycle accident claims, bus passenger accident claims and pedestrian accident claims.

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