If you are involved in a car accident, there may be certain steps you are required to take by law.
You need to contact the police if:
If any of the above have occurred you must remain at the scene and call 999 immediately.
Important: If you do not exchange details at the scene, you must report the accident at a police station or to a police officer as soon as possible within 24 hours. You must provide your driving licence and proof of insurance.
The same rule applies if you kill or injure one of the following animals; horse, cattle, ass, mule, sheep, pig, goat or dog and you are not able to immediately notify the owner.
You do not need to contact the police if:
It is an offence if you fail to stop at the scene of an accident or fail to report an accident in which you are involved.
If you have dashcam video footage of a suspected motoring offence, and would like to report the incident, you can upload and submit the footage here.
If a vehicle did not hit someone or something, you can still report this to us using the general enquiry form.
If a cyclist was involved, report this to us using the report a cycling near miss form.
If a horse was involved, report this to us using the report a near miss involving a horse form.