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

    The police will aim to prosecute in most cases where there is sufficient evidence to secure a conviction. However, each case is judged on its own merits. If the accident is one where there is serious injury/damage, then the police will aim to prosecute 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 are offences and although not the most serious crimes, 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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