civil law

Car accidents happen at the rate of hundreds a day.

Some just a fender bender; others serious accidents where people are seriously injured and/or killed.
We all hope never to be involved in a car accident, but if we are, what must we do? 

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Here are our guidelines:

1. If someone is seriously injured or killed in a vehicle accident, it must be reported to the police within 24 hours.
2. If you fail to do this you may be issued with a written notice to appear in court where you will have to give an acceptable explanation for having failed to do so; as it is a criminal offence to fail to report an accident.
3. For both legal and insurance purposes; it is always advisable to report any car accident; even if it is only a fender bender to the police and even if nobody was injured. You will need a police reference number for your insurance company anyway.
4. Generally speaking; it is acceptable to report the matter to the police on the first working day after the collision took place.
5. If however you are involved in a collision and you suspect that the driver of the other vehicle was drunk or intoxicated or under the influence of a narcotic; you should contact the police immediately; as they will have to test him within two hours of the time of the collision to successfully prove drunken driving or driving under the influence.
6. You can report the accident to any police officer at any police station, and it does not have to be the one nearest the accident scene.
7. You must report it in person and you must provide proof of your identity and your driver’s licence if you were a driver at the time of the accident.

In our next few blogs; we will look at other often asked questions regarding motor vehicle accidents and claims.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and need advice or legal services on the civil or criminal aspects of the collision; contact our office and/or legal consultant, as soon as possible for obtaining proper, professional legal advice. His telephone numbers are 082-0932304 or 028-3162832. You can also send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Again we stress that it is always advisable for you to seek prompt, proper and professional legal advice and also to secure reliable legal services when dealing with this type of factual and legal dispute.
Involved in a car accident recently; then contact us at The Legal Advice Office at or better still send an email to one of our email addresses; either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will revert within 48 hours.

Thank you.

The Legal Advice Office Team.



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