Road traffic accidents take place every single day across the country and a lot of them tend to go unreported. This is because they happen to be considered as being “minor” incidents in which no one is seriously injured, leading people to believe that they aren’t worth reporting.
Unfortunately, you could be causing even more trouble for yourself.
If you ever find yourself wondering if it’s worth filing a police report after being involved in a car accident – no matter how minor – we hope that this post will give you all the answers that you need.
The UK Law
The Law in the UK states that if you are a driver involved in an accident and any of the following things have occurred:
- The other driver is injured
- An animal (dog, horse, cattle, sheep, pig) has been injured
- Damage has happened to someone’s property
You MUST stop and remain at the scene until everything has been processed.
However, the law doesn’t specify that you have to call the police. Minor accidents that just leave scrapes and scratches are those situations in which most people decide not to report an accident. When no one is hurt, is there any need to do so?
A Record of Your Accident
Although not a legal requirement, not reporting your accident could have lots of consequences and complications for you. It means that you won’t have a record of your accident – written proof that something happened and that it wasn’t your fault.
In some circumstances, something that you consider as a minor accident could actually be something more serious in the eyes of the law. If you’re unsure we always think it’s better erring on the side of caution – it’s better reporting it than getting in trouble for not doing so later on. If no one approaches you after an accident, you are permitted by law to leave the scene and contact the police within 24 hours – although we recommend doing it straight away.
This is so you can provide legal details of the accident that would otherwise have been provided at the scene. This protects you in regards to the law and later on when it comes to filing your insurance claim.
Along with contacting the police, you should always remember to take as much information as possible from the other party. This means taking their registration, contact details and insurance information. You should also take information from any witnesses. This will also help you when it comes to claiming on your insurance or making a compensation claim.
Apart from contacting the police, it’s important that you also contact a professional and experienced personal injury lawyer. For road traffic accidents that weren’t your fault, we urge you to contact us here at AYB Law. You can give us a call on 01772 250605 and a member of our team will be happy to provide you with further deta