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Failing to Stop and Report a Road Accident Solicitors

Expert solicitors, barristers and paralegal for Failing to Stop and Report a Road Accident cases.

If you are facing a criminal prosecution for the offence of Failing to Stop and Report an Accident, there is a very high risk that you could receive a Driving Ban.

The offence of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic accident involving personal injury or damage to property is an offence which carries a maximum penalty of 6 months imprisonment. You should seek expert legal advice from our Motoring Law Solicitors to see how we can defend your case, safeguard your liberty and avoid a driving ban. Leave a message via our Contact Form and one of our driving offence lawyers will be in contact with you to provide a no obligation telephone assessment.

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Our law firm is ranked amongst the top tier of law firms in the United Kingdom with a Band A ranking in the category of Crime (this includes Driving Offences), the highest ranking that can achieved in the Chambers Guide.

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The Legal 500 guide describes Kang & Co Solicitors as being “well adept at tailoring its resources to an individual case and investing heavily for the client. Legal advice is honest and the team always takes into consideration the views of the client.”

What is the Law for Failing to Stop and Report A Road Accident?

The offence of failing to stop after an accident and failing to report a road traffic accident are both contained within Section 170(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

The Requirement to Stop After a Road Traffic Accident

Section 170(2) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 places a requirement on all drivers to immediately stop their motor vehicle if an accident has occurred on a road or public place, due to the presence of the driver’s motor vehicle.

This requirement arises where there is:

  • Personal Injury, or
  • Damage to a Vehicle, or
  • Damage or Injury to an Animal
  • Damage to Property attached to the road where the accident occurred

In such circumstances, the driver must stop their vehicle and provide his / her name, address, the details of the vehicle owner and the vehicle registration to a person that has reasonable grounds to require this information from the driver.

The driver must give correct and accurate details in order that prompt communication can occur, if this is not done, the offence of failing to stop and report an accident is likely to have been committed. The requirement to stop after an accident still applies, even if the accident wasn’t your fault.

Section 170(2) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 places a requirement on all drivers to immediately stop their motor vehicle at the scene of the accident, if a driver continues to drive and then returns to the scene a short while later, the offence of failing to stop may still have been committed.

Why Choose Kang & Co in London

No Obligation Initial Telephone Assessment

We offer our potential clients an initial no obligation assessment over the telephone no matter where in London your offence commited.

Specialist Lawyers

Our legal team of solicitors, paralegal's, legal advisor's and barristers are specialists in the area of Driving Offence law. 

Clear Legal Costs

At Kang & Co Solicitors we are clear with our legal costs, offering fixed fee services so that our clients know exactly what they are paying for and how much it will cost.

Comprehensive Phone Meetings

In some cases it may not be possible for clients to be able to make it to our offices. In this scenario we offer a comprehensive phone meeting, that will cover everything in just as much detail as a face to face meeting. Face to face meetings are also available at request.

First Class Service

We will give you our expert advice and first rate representation at trials and interviews. We will endeavour to leave no stone unturned so that you have the best possible chance at achieving the best result. Rated as a Top Tier law firm by the prestigious legal guides The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

The Requirement to Report the Road Traffic Accident to The Police

If for a reason the driver does not immediately stop and exchange details, Section 170(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 places a requirement on all drivers to report the accident to the police as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event within 24 hours of the time of the accident.

The driver must report the accident at a Police Station or to a Police Constable as soon as is practicable and at the very latest, within 24 hours of the incident occurring. In such circumstances, you should deal with this obligation as a priority and report the incident at a Police Station as soon as possible. A driver that does not report the accident as soon as ‘reasonably practicable’ may still be convicted for this offence, even if the report is made within 24 hours. It is for the Court to decide what is ‘reasonably practicable’.

Sentence for Failing to Stop and Report an Accident

The offence of Fail to Stop / Failing to Stop and Report an Accident is a ‘Summary Only’ offence, which means that the case would be heard in the Magistrates’ Court.

If a person is convicted following a Trial or if they plead guilty, the Magistrates’ Court has the power to impose a custodial (imprisonment) sentence of up to 6 months, can disqualify from driving for up to 12 months and impose a fine of an unlimited amount.

The Magistrates’ Court can also endorse the driving licence with 5 to 10 penalty points. If a driver already has active penalty points on their licence, a decision by the Magistrates’ Court to impose 5 to 10 penalty points could result in the driver becoming a ‘Totter’ and still receiving a driving ban.

Failing to Stop and Report an Accident – Defence

If an accident has occurred and you did not hear or see anything to suggest that you had been involved in an accident, you may be able to successfully defend this prosecution. If this situation is applicable to you, contact our driving offence lawyers today on 0345 222 9955 to see how we can defend and prepare your case for trial.

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 Our Agreed Fees for Motoring Offence cases start from;

£1500 + VAT

Failing to Stop and Report an Accident Solicitors

If you are being prosecuted for this offence, it is crucial that you receive advice from a specialist driving offence Solicitor or Barrister from Kang & Co, our lawyers possess specialist knowledge and experience at successfully defending motoring offence cases throughout England and Wales.

Our lawyers will guide you through the process, assess the evidence in your case and will advise you on whether there is a potential defence base on the circumstances of your case.

We are regularly instructed to defend and represent individuals at Court for failing to stop/failing to report and have achieved excellent results for our clients.

Our Solicitors and Barristers are frequently instructed by individuals living and working across the whole of the UK, from our Birmingham, London and Milton Keynes Offices.

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An Excellent Service, Mr. Kang is a highly sought solicitor. Very knowledgeable about the subject to hand and extremely confident with the advice given to me at the time of a stressful situation.

I would recommend Kang and Co Solicitors above any other company I’ve spoken too.

Above all I got the outcome I desired based upon Mr. Kang expertise.​

Miss. P


Very clearly explained the process, took his time over getting a very clear and accurate history of events and mitigation. Barrister on the day was well prepared, went over key mitigation and presented it well in court, an excellent advocate. Barrister clearly explained possible outcomes and most realistic outcome.

Excellent service from initial contact to finishing the court case. Would recommend to anyone.

Robert Morris

Kang & Co Solicitors is a truly specialist high-end law firm providing legal advice and representation for all matters involving Criminal Law, Driving Offences, Transport Law, Pace Interviews, Regulatory Law and Licensing Law.

Our head office is located at 1 Victoria Square in Birmingham City Centre and we offer our services throughout England and Wales on a private fee-paying basis. We also have an office at 5 Chancery Lane in London and another office in central Milton Keynes. We are frequently instructed by individuals and businesses nationwide.

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Birmingham Office

1 Victoria Square
West Midlands
B1 1BD

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London Office

5 Chancery Lane

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Milton Keynes Office

The Pinnacle
Midsummer Boulevard
Milton Keynes, MK9 1BP

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Monday – Friday
09:00 – 17:00
Weekends/Bank Holidays

Meetings at our offices are by Appointment Only

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