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As a road user, if you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident would you know what to do? The responsibilities following an accident aren’t just common courtesy; they are in fact set out in law.

Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 states that in the presence of a motor vehicle on the road causing injury or damage then the drivers involved must follow these 5 steps:

  1. Stop
  2. Exchange names and addresses of the drivers of the vehicle
  3. Exchange names and addresses of the owners of the vehicle
  4. Exchange details of registration numbers
  5. Exchange insurance details.

If the above isn’t complied with then the drivers must report the collision at a police station or to a police officer as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours. Failing to stop or failing to report following an accident could result in 6 months imprisonment, a fine, disqualification or points on your licence. This would be awarded on top of any other offences along the lines of dangerous or careless driving or driving under the influence.

If you’re involved in an accident and the other driver fails to stop then you should report the accident to the police to record the time, date and location of the accident.

It’s always helpful to try and take photographs following an accident. This is a good way to record damage as well as making sure you have the other party’s vehicle registration recorded correctly. Photographs of the other driver may also be helpful.

Always check yourself and your passengers for injuries as well as checking anyone else who’s been involved in the accident. If necessary call 999 or SOS for an ambulance. The police may also need to be in attendance depending on the circumstances