We get a lot of calls from drivers who have been involved in an accident, and the other driver has refused to supply any details. A lot of people do not realise that it is a criminal offence to refuse to supply their details, to interested parties ( ie; the other driver involved).
This is covered by The Road Traffic Act 1988 (section 170). If, as a driver, you are involved in a road-traffic accident and one or more of the following occurs:
• a person, other than yourself, is injured,
• damage is caused to another vehicle or to someone else’s property
• an animal has been killed or injured
• stop and remain at the scene for a reasonable period
• give your vehicle registration number, your name and address, and that of the vehicle owner (if different), to anyone with reasonable grounds for asking for those details
• Insurance details, if known
If you do not exchange those details at the scene, you must report the accident at a police station or to a police constable as soon as you can, and in any case within 24 hours.
Where injury is caused to another person, then in addition to the above you must also:
Produce your certificate of insurance, if anyone at the scene has reasonable grounds to see it. If you do not, you must report the accident at a police station or to a constable as soon as is practicable and in any case within 24 hours. You’ll need to produce your certificate of insurance.
• Fail to Stop / Failure to Report Penalties
Failure to stop and failing to report both carry 5-10 penalty points.
In cases of injury, where you have failed to stop, this can result in a prison sentence of up to six months.
So the next time you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, and the other driver refuses to supply their details, you can remind them its an offence and that you will call the police, if they don’t comply.
If they refuse to give their details, try & photograph both the car registration & the driver. Advise them you are calling the police. If it is a major accident (and some one is hurt) call the police immediately
If it is only minor damage, wait until you get home, call the police ( 101 non emergency) & report them. Ask the police for a Crime Reference Number. If you can supply us with this, we can successfully claim off the other insurer.