In a way, yes. As I've mentioned before, I did not do a 'hit and run' as the other party is claiming, so I don't think I should plead guilty, but what I find confusing is there are two questions to which you plead guilty or not guilty. One of them asks if you caused the accident - I did not and then the other says did you drive away without exchanging details, which I admit I did. So what I find confusing is that the summons says if you plead not guilty, then you don't need to attend court, but then one of the questions would be answered as guilty and the other as not guilt. To be frank, I am finding this whole process a bit of a maze.
Also shuld I chase up the insurance company to get the conclusions into who they feel caused the accident?
This was written under Offences on the summons:
"..On 11/12/2013 at Mill Hill NW7 drove a mechanically propelled vehicle, namely (make of car and registration) on a road, namely Watford way without due care and attention. Contrary to section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. This Offence carries penalty points..."
Then it it also says "....On 11/12/2013 at Mill Hill NW7 being the driver of a mechanically propelled vehicle, namely a (make and reg of car), owing to the presence of which on a road, namely Watford Way, an accident occurred whereby damage was caused to another vehicle, failed to stop and on being required by a person having reasonable grounds for so requiring failed to give your name and address and the name and address of the owner and identification marks of the vehicle. Contrary to section 170(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988..."
No. as I explained in my very first question, the driver bumped into me, not the other way round. The other party is lying.
Yes, I've seen that. So why didn't you stop? Or did you report to a police station within 24 hours?
If not then its bad news.
My mother had a heart attack, so I was on my way to the hospital (a six hour drive) when the cab driver went into me. Also the road was a red route (no stopping), so I was confused about stopping or not, to check the damage to my car. I was more concerned about my mother,compared to a lying cab driver bumping into me.
So what is the bad news then?
Also shall I chase up the insurance company to obtain their findings?
Honestly, I wasn't aware of having to report this to apolice station within 24 hours. What a hard lesson learned.
Yes please. I don't actually know what plea bargaining is an how it works? So are you saying that because I failed to stop and report - pleading 'guilty' is better because that cannot be contested?
However the idea that I was driving without due care and attention - is the one that I can contest as 'not guilty'? If I can provide sufficient evidence? On the summons form, I cannot recall whether there was an option for plea bargaining, just whether you are guilty or not.
So am I right in thinking that if I say I am guilty for the first offence - go to court and do a plea bargaining for the second offence, when I am there? Please help, this legalese is going over my head.