What to do if you have been involved in a Road Traffic Collision

If you are at the scene of a collision and persons are seriously injured please dial 999.

If you have been in a collision and someone has suffered injury, or you do not have details of the other party, you are required to report it to the police.  You can do this via the police non-emergency number 101 or in person at the following Police stations in Merseyside with a front counter.

http://www.merseyside.police.uk/contact-us/your-local-police-stations/

When will Merseyside police investigate a Road Traffic Collision?

Merseyside Police will only investigate certain types of collisions,

• If someone is injured

• When an offending vehicle has failed to stop and there are factors that can lead to the identification of the vehicle and the driver.

Please note reports will not be taken where details have been exchanged at scene and injuries have developed later.  The only exception will be if following hospital treatment serious injuries are discovered at a later date i.e. broken bones or serious complications

In some instances, there will be insufficient evidence to proceed with any sort of investigation.  Merseyside Police has to be able to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that an offence has taken place and could proceed to prosecution.  In these instances you will be provided with a Merseyside Police incident number which you should give to your insurance company.

What happens when you report a Road Traffic Collision involving injury?

Where injury has occurred as a result of a collision, a report will be taken and forwarded to the RTC assessment unit within the MSOC Roads Policing Department at Smithdown Lane Police Station, for progression unless a Roads Policing patrol attended at the scene of the collision.

Please note reports will not be taken where details have been exchanged at scene and injuries have developed later.  The only exception will be if following hospital treatment serious injuries are discovered at a later date i.e. broken bones or serious complications

What happens when you report a damage only Road Traffic Collision?

If your collision is damage only Merseyside Police will not investigate, this is a matter for insurance companies.

You will be provided with a Merseyside Police incident number to provide to your insurance companies to confirm you have reported the incident.

A report will only be taken when the other party has failed to stop and provide details if there is enough evidence for the police to investigate i.e.  Registration number, make and model of vehicle.

If you believe the collision has been captured on CCTV, please make enquiries with the owner of the CCTV before you report the collision to Merseyside Police.

If there are solvability factors, a report will be taken and forwarded to the RTC assessment unit within MSOC Roads Policing Department at Smithdown Lane Police Station.

A collision which has occurred in a Car Park (either private or public) will NOT be investigated, unless damage or injury is serious. A minor scratch / dent etc. will not be investigated even if the other vehicle has failed to stop. This matter should be referred to your insurance company to progress.