It’s important you know what to do if you’re involved in a road traffic collision.
If you are the driver you must:
- Stop and stay at the scene for a reasonable amount of time
- Give the owner your name, address and vehicle registration number
If someone is injured, you must produce your insurance certificate to anyone having reasonable grounds for seeing it.
You should also:
- Ensure the safety of yourself and others
- Warn other traffic if necessary, but don’t put yourself in danger
- Call the emergency services if they are required
- Take the details of any witnesses
What will the police do?
When officers attend a collision, their priorities are to:
- Ensure the scene is safe, including the removal of vehicles if necessary
- Record the details of the collision if appropriate, to establish if there are grounds for a prosecution
- Check the licenses and insurance details of the drivers
- Check the roadworthiness of the vehicles
- Breath-test all drivers / suspected drivers if someone is injured as a result of the collision
Officers have up to six months to investigate and, where appropriate, bring proceedings for offences relating to the collision.
Once enquiries are complete, the relevant parties will be updated on how the case was finalised.