Q432: Do the police prosecute failing to stop and report an accident in every case?

The police will aim to report the circumstances to the Procurator Fiscal in most cases where there is sufficient evidence to secure a conviction however each case is judged on its own merits. If the collision is one where there is serious injury/damage then the police will aim to report in every case. If it is minor damage only then it is more likely (although not definitely) that it will be left to the insurance companies to sort out liability.

Failing to stop and failing to report an accident is an offence and although not the most serious crime, it can be distressing for the other parties involved.

A conviction for one of these offences could lead to imprisonment and/or a substantial fine.

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