If you have an accident whilst driving, there are certain legal obligations that you must comply with. Where personal injury has been caused to a person other than you, or damage is caused to another vehicle, an animal or any other property you must:

  • Stop
  • Give your name and address to any person having reasonable grounds to require it
  • Give the name and address of the owner of the vehicle and the identification marks of the vehicle

If for any reason you do not give your name and address, you must report the accident to the police as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case within 24 hours.

This does not mean you have 24 hours to report an accident. You must do it as soon as possible.

Failure to stop and failure to report are 2 separate offences and people are often prosecuted for both.

Possible Defence

If you can satisfy the Court that you were unaware that an accident had taken place, you may have a defence.

If you think you have a defence, early legal advice could be crucial.


If you are convicted of failing to stop or report a road traffic accident, it can be dealt with in many ways depending on the seriousness, ranging from a fine up to 6 months imprisonment. Conviction will also lead to penalty points on your licence or even disqualification.

Hewitts Solicitors are experts in handling failure to stop or report offences. We can advise on possible defences as well as putting forward a strong case on your behalf.

To find out more about how we can help you, please click here or contact us for free initial no obligation advice. We are available 24/7, Freephone 0800 304 7740.