Being involved in a car accident can be quite daunting, the shock and fear afterwards can make some people do a runner. However, failing to stop after the accident when guilty could increase your penalty. By law, if you are involved in a car accident it should be reported as soon as possible. A car accident can involve damage to another vehicle, property, animal or a person.
Running away never solves the problem; it only worsens it for yourself and the victims. Today, CCTV cameras are everywhere, as a result of this the chances of trying to escape the car accident and get away with it is very unreasonable.
The law after a car accident
After a car accident, by law you must provide your name, address and car registration details to the inflicted person. Should this not be possible, then the incident must be reported to the police within 24 hours.
If you know you are guilty of bumping or scratching another person's car, then acknowledging you are accountable will make insurance claims much easier. Insurance companies will always require a written report from both parties, and any pay outs are usually then quicker.
Perpetrators who do not own up to the victim or the police will suffer severer consequences. It costs the government extra work and money to search for the person responsible. Nobody is found guilty of an offense unless proven beyond reasonable doubt who was at fault. Additionally, if you had no knowledge of the car accident, you will not be found culpable. However, you must be able to prove that you were unaware.
When involved in a car accident, UK citizens can approach a solicitor for a free thirty-minute consultation. Here you can discuss the car accident, its severity and your options. Another alternative is to check your home and car insurance for legal cover. Legal cover is optional and can cost approximately £20.00 per annum. It is a worthwhile investment as it can be used for most legal claims, including cats and dogs.
Should you be found guilty and convicted of the car accident, the consequences can be quite severe. Here are some of the effects:
1) Points can be added to your licence from as little as five up to ten.
2) You may be given a £5,000 fine.
3) You could be given unpaid community service.
4) You could be given an electronic curfew.
5) In brutal offenses the perpetrator could receive a six-month prison sentence or longer depending upon the severity of the car accident.
6) You could be banned from driving, which will have detrimental effects on your work, home and social life.
7) You could be asked to retake your driving test or have extra driving lessons.
As a result of any car accident, your insurance premiums will increase, and in some cases you could have a criminal record.