Commonly referred to as ‘hit and run’ cases, both failing to stop after an accident and failing to report one to the police within 24 hours are considered serious offences. This can result in 10 penalty points, disqualification and imprisonment, so having the right legal defence team is essential to minimise the penalties, including protecting your driving licence wherever possible.
The law requires you to stop and report an accident if anyone other than yourself is injured or damage is caused to another vehicle or property, whatever the circumstances. This includes hitting a parked vehicle and driving into and damaging a wall or building. You can be considered to have failed to stop even if you stop but do not provide enough details.
Anyone who fails to stop at the scene of an accident must report it in person to the police within 24 hours. There is no need to report the accident if you stopped and provided details at the time of the incident.
Generally speaking, failing to stop will result in a means-tested fine of up to £2,500 and between 5 and 10 penalty points. However, the court also has the power to disqualify you from driving, so specialist legal advice is vital to help ensure conviction doesn’t mean losing your licence.
At Minton Morrill, our specialist motoring offences solicitors have the experience and expertise to offer you the best possible defence, preserve your licence and help you avoid a prison sentence wherever possible.
We can represent you right from the police interview stage all the way through criminal proceedings. With the benefit of our motoring offences team’s decades of experience, we can help you achieve the best possible outcome under even the most challenging circumstances.
If you have been charged with failing to stop after an accident or failing to report and accident in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire or the wider North of England, our highly skilled motoring offences lawyers can help. To find out more, please contact us.
How our solicitors can help you with failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident
If you have been charged with a road traffic offence, such as failing to stop after an accident, it can be confusing and very worrying. We aim to provide immediate clarity about your situation, your legal options and the likely outcomes, so you know what to expect and can make an informed decision about how to proceed to best protect your interests.
When you contact our motoring offences solicitors, we will:
- Listen to you and get a clear picture of the events leading to the alleged offence.
- Give you a realistic assessment of your situation and the possible outcomes, including potential penalties.
- Clearly lay out your legal options, explaining the likely costs and timescales involved.
- Support, guide and represent you through the entire legal process of dealing with the charges you face, including representing you in court where required.
- Keep you informed every step of the way, so you are never left wondering what is happening or what the next step will be.
Frequently Asked Questions about failing to stop after an accident or failure to report an accident
What constitutes a hit and run accident?
If you are involved in a car accident, even if you feel it was not your fault, you are legally required to stop. Failing to do so is commonly referred to as a ‘hit and run’. If you stop but fail to provide sufficient details to the other party or parties involved, this can also be an offence.
Is hitting a parked car and leaving the scene a crime?
If there is nobody to leave your details with, you can leave the scene but you are required to report the accident to the police with 24 hours or you are committing a criminal offence.
What are the penalties for failing to stop after an accident?
Depending on the circumstances, the penalties can include:
- A means-tested fine of up to £2,500
- 5-10 penalty points
- Disqualification from driving
What affects the penalties for a hit and run?
There are various factors that can affect the penalties, for example if you are found to have been driving carelessly. However, there are also some mitigating factors that can help your defence, such as if you can show that you were frightened to stop e.g. if the other driver was threatening or abusive.
Our expertise in serious motoring offences
Minton Morrill’s driving offences solicitors have over 30 years experience defending motorists from a wide range of offences, including failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. With an exceptional track record of success, we are regularly able to help our clients prove their innocence or secure the minimum possible penalties where an offence has been committed.
Our team is highly recommended by the Legal 500 and Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession. These recommendations are based on feedback from our clients and other professionals, so provide a transparent reflection of the quality of our criminal defence services.
We are members of the Police Action Lawyers Group and have several Accredited Police Station Representatives and qualified Legal Aid Supervisors within our team. We have achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel Legal Practice Quality mark in recognition of the high standards we adhere to in our legal practice and client care. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), providing assurance that we meet the very highest legal and professional standards at all times.
Recognition for individual solicitors in our team includes the Law Society Excellence Award for Lawyer of the Year: Private Client, a Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Litigation Award and Leeds Advocate of the Year (decided by the District Judges of the region). Several of our solicitors have also been shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.
Get in touch with our motoring offences solicitors in Leeds
If you have been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident or failing to report a road traffic accident in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire or anywhere in the wider North of England, our highly experienced motoring offences solicitors can help you.
Contact our motoring offences team now by calling 0113 345 2387 or using the enquiry form below to request a call back.